During six weeks Valeria Zatsepina and Valentyna Oliynyk, graduates from the Faculty of Greek Philology Translation of Mariupol State University have been studying Modern Greek at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Girls applied for a scholarship of Costas & Helen Urani Foundation to participate in the educational program and they were chosen.
About 60 graduates, post-graduate students and certified philologists from all over the world participated in this program. The training was aimed at deepening knowledge of the language, history and culture of Greece. It included daily classes at the Center for the Study of Modern Greek, as well as visiting museums and excursions.
Also, within the frameworks of the program, MSU Graduates participated in a research «Teaching Greek language as a Foreign Language in Greece and at the motherland», along with post-graduate students of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
While staying in Athens, Valeria and Valentyna visited the oldest district of Plaka, the central district Monastiraki, Syntagma Square, the Acropolis, the Benaki Museum, as well as the concerts of Greek performers. Participants of the educational program participated in trips to the ancient cities, such as: Delphi, Mycenae and Epidaurus, to the first capital of Greece – Nafplion and the suburbs of the world-famous Mount Parnassus – Arachova.
The internship was completed with by a written examination of the covered material and obtaining diplomas of participants of the educational program.
Valeria and Valentyna received the master's degree in the major «Language and Literature (Modern Greek)». Valeria is currently an interpreter at the International Relations Office of MSU and Valentina works as a translator in the Internet.
The study of the Modern Greek language at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is not the first foreign internship of Valeria Zatsepina and Valentyna Oliynyk. Previously, they already took part in language learning programs on Kalymnos Island and in Thessaloniki.
The benefit of such internships is, of course, the acquisition of valuable linguistic knowledge, as well as the practice of Greek with people from all over the world. We would never have thought that we would speak Greek with young people from the United States or Jersey, which is a territory of the United Kingdom,
– Valeria Zatsepina.