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Greek has given Europe its name and English 25% of its vocabulary. If you understand what theater, music, and history mean, you know more Greek than you think. Reaching back to a continuous documented history of more than 3,000 years, Modern Greek is today a language of unique expressiveness and communicative power. At the University of Pittsburgh, you have the chance to sharpen your communication skills and expand your linguistic horizons by immersing yourself in one of our introductory, intermediate, or advanced level Modern Greek courses. Taught by native speaker, Areti Papanastasiou, our courses explore language within the cultural context in which it is used. Whether you are fulfilling your language requirements, connecting with your heritage, or simply curious about the places and sounds of your childhood myths, take Modern Greek and embark on an exciting language journey!

Courses Offered

  • Modern Greek 1: GREEKM 0101
  • Modern Greek 2: GREEKM 0102
  • Modern Greek 3: GREEKM 0103
  • Modern Greek 4: GREEKM 0104
  • Modern Greek 5: GREEKM 1901
  • Modern Greek 6: GREEKM 1901

Why Study Modern Greek?

  • connect with your heritage
  • sharpen your communication skills
  • prepare for study and travel abroad
  • expand your career potential
  • become a world citizen
  • How will you lead with Greek?

Use Modern Greek to Earn Pitt Credentials

  • General Education Requirements
  • Certificate In European Union Studies
  • Global Studies Certificate
  • Certificate in West European Studies
  • Russian and East European Studies Certificate
  • BPHIL in International and Area Studies, Global Studies Track



Areti Papanastasiou;

Modern Greek Outside the Classroom

Do you already speak some Greek? Join us at Greek Table to meet other speakers and practice conversation! Fridays from 2:00-4:00 at the Porch on Forbes.

Useful Links

Study Modern Greek in Greece

Ar you interested in Study Abroad? Check out the LCTL Study Abroad page to learn how to study Modern Greek in Greece!

Did You Know?

Almost every English word that starts with "ph" comes from Greek. Think physics, philosophy, and photo.

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The saying "take the bull by its horns" is derived from Greek.

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Greek is one of the oldest languages in Europe.

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Greece is the only country in the world that receives double its population in tourists.

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Greece has the most archaeological museums in the world

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The Ancient Greeks were the first Europeans to read and write with an alphabet

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The word alphabet comes from the first two letters of the Greek Alphabet (alpha + beta)

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Many English technical and scientific terms derive from Greek. For example, Astronomy, Biology, Marathon, Geography, Technology.

Did You Know?

Greece is the leading producer of sea sponges

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Greece typically has 250 sunny days per year...that's very different from Pittsburgh's 160!

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The country of Greece is about the size of Pennsylvania

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As many as 13 million people speak Greek

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Greek is the official language of Greece and Cyprus

What Do Students Say?


I have traveled a lot since graduation and have found that my knowledge of Greek has come in handy throughout many parts of the world.

-Chris, '13


 I wanted to study Greek in college  so that I could connect personally with my family and my Greek identity. This class gave me that!

-Maria, '14


I learned how language and bilingualism can help unlock new ways of thought, and new approaches to previously complex issues in day to day life.

-Nicholas, '12