Modern Greek Language and Literature

Bachelor's degree in full-time form. The language of instruction is Czech.

The programme can be studied as a single subject or in combination with another programme.

What will you learn?

The study of Modern Greek Language and Literature opens a way for its students for comprehensive knowledge of modern Greek culture from its beginnings in the 19th century up to the present. It leads to a thorough acquisition of Modern Greek, which enables the students to apply it practically in the form of cultivated way of speaking and writing, reading of Greek works in their original language or, translation from and into Modern Greek. Reading literary works, students will get acquainted with the works of world-famous Modern Greek authors (e.g. Kazantzakis, Kavafis), whose intellectual heritage forms an integral part of European culture.

Greek the language they gave me; poor the house on Homer's shores.

The curriculum of study programme also contains several specialized courses supplementing and developing students’ language skills, especially courses focused on modern Greek life and customs and modern Greek literature, culture, and history. The study programme as a whole aims at providing comprehensive knowledge of Modern Greek and the culture and history of Greece.

The Bachelor study programme in minor study plan is intended mainly for the students of the study programmes related to the area of the Balkan Peninsula or more generally to the Mediterranean (e.g. Balkan Languages and Literatures, Classical Archaeology, Ancient Greek Language and Literature) or, for the students occupying themselves with the area of Greece within their field of study (e.g. History, Ethnology). The aim of the minor study plan is the acquisition of Modern Greek as a source language or as means of communication (at B1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

The study of Modern Greek in major study plan or as a single-subject study (completus) leads the students to acquiring deeper knowledge and skills in Modern Greek language (B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), literature and history including fundamental knowledge of older stages of Greek and its cultural and historical development (Classical and Byzantine literature, basic knowledge of Ancient Greek).

Because of international cooperation with almost all universities in Greece and Cyprus, the students of all study plans may improve and apply their knowledge of the language, life, and institutions in Greece (via summer language and educational courses, Erasmus+ mobilities) during their studies. These study stays prepare students for the active use of language and lead them to independent creative activities. They also enable students to gain contacts with their future employers.

Further information

Career opportunities

The graduates of this Bachelor’s study programme can use their skills in many careers and job roles. They are properly qualified to work in tourism and commerce where a good command of Modern Greek is necessary (travel agencies, guiding, commercial sector, banking sector), in both Greece and the Czech Republic. Besides, they can work for language and translation agencies, non-profit organizations active in Greece within international aid (Charity, Czech Red Cross), participate in organising of cultural and promotional events related to Greece (concerts, folklore festivals, fairs) and work in institutions arranging international contacts (embassies, consulates, chamber of commerce, etc.).

Since the study programme focuses on the acquisition of language skills, the graduates are also eligible for careers in a wide range of professions within the cultural and media sector. The graduates are also qualified for professions requiring general knowledge, independence, critical thinking skills, and a good command of foreign languages.

Graduates can increase their career opportunities by graduating from additional study programmes.

Admission requirements

Data from the previous admission procedure (1 Nov 2023 – 29 Feb 2024)

This programme is accredited in Czech. The teaching languages are Czech and partly Modern Greek (especially in grammar and practical language lessons, literary seminars etc.). The programme requires students to have at least B2 knowledge of Czech or Slovak.

The criteria for admission for studies are the results of the written Field of Study Examination. Applicants may also be admitted based on other criteria, see Admission without the Entrance Examination. The Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University disregards the results of SCIO National Comparative Examinations.

You can file your e-applications for studies from 1 November to 29 February.
Field of Study Examinations will be held from 21 April to 24 April.
The date and time of the examination will be stated in the electronic invitation for the examination, which will be uploaded to your e-application. The faculty will not be sending paper invitations. Applicants applying for the major study plan and minor study plan in a combined study must comply with the conditions for admission into both plans.

Learning Potential Test (TSP)

For admission for studies in this degree programme, you do not need to take the TSP.

Field of Study Examination

This examination is intended to check the applicants’ knowledge of the given field of study. This is done in the form of a written test. The length of the test is 90 minutes.

Basic description of the Field of Study Examination:
The test includes the following parts:
  • checking basic knowledge of the Czech language to the extent of a secondary school curriculum (such as text comprehension, knowledge of grammar phenomena, knowledge of the basic linguistic terminology);
  • checking basic knowledge of Greek life and institutions, history, literature, and culture (from antiquity until the present day).
Here you can find a sample Field of Study Test

Recommended literature for preparing for the examination:
  • DUBIN, Marc. Řecko. Velký průvodce. Brno: Lingea, 2019. ISBN 978-80-7508-445-3
  • GERRARD, Mike. Řecko. Velký průvodce National Geographic. Brno: CPress, 2012 (2005, 2008). ISBN 978-80-264-0064-6.
  • KULHÁNKOVÁ, Markéta – SUMELIDU, Simone. Úvod do studia novořečtiny. Multimediální elektronický výukový materiál. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2015. ISBN 978-80-210-7840-6. Online zde: Úvod do studia novořečtiny

Admission without the entrance examination

You may be exempt from the entrance examination based on at least one of the following criteria:
  1. submission of a confirmation of participation in a “foreign language competition” organized by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Latin) from the regional round onwards;
  2. submission of a certificate of completion of the “International Modern Greek Examination”, level “A1 young people, adults” or higher, or another certificate of knowledge of Modern Greek - to be assessed on an individual basis;
  3. secondary school results with an average up to 1.5 in the following four profile subjects: Czech/ Slovak, two foreign languages, history.
Secondary school results may be applied for an exemption from the entrance examination by those applicants whose average grade was 1.5 or higher in each of the four profile subjects. The total average result in all subjects is not taken into consideration. Secondary school seminars are also disregarded. The average grade of each profile subject is calculated based on the results of the last four years of study in the following way: the mid-year grade is calculated from the final year, whereas the final grades are calculated from the previous three years. It is also necessary that applicants have studied each of the profile subjects for at least two years during the last four years.
Enter your grades in your e-application. Then print the grades out and let your secondary school certify them with a stamp and a signature. Upload the scan of the certified grades into your e-application. You can also upload officially certified school reports or any other documents certifying your school results.
Please upload the officially certified documents directly to your e-application in the section Application for the Exemption from the Entrance Examination no later than 28 February.

Criteria for evaluation

  • Total number of points in the Field of Study Examination: 100
  • Limit for successfully passing the Field of Study Examination: 50
Points are not deducted for incorrect answers.

Minimum score and numbers of accepted applicants in past years

Study options

Single-subject studies

Students have a pre-defined list of required courses, which are supplemented with selective and elective courses. The student pays full attention to the single field of study chosen.

Combined studies

In this type of studies, the students focus on the main degree programme (120 credits) supplemented with another, minor, programme (60 credits). The student enrols in the degree programme in which he/she majors. Both the programmes are stated in the university diploma. You will find possible combinations on the websites of individual degree programmes.​ An exception is programmes preparing students for teaching professions, where both fields of study are equal and the thesis may be written in any of them.

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

Modern Greek Language and Literature as a minor degree programme

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

Courses – curriculum examples

An example of your study plan:

Single-subject studies

Combined studies

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

Follow-up studies

After completion of the Bachelor’s studies, it is possible to continue further studies in any Master’s degree programme (after satisfying the admission requirements).

At the Faculty of Arts of MU, it is possible to continue the study of Modern Greek by studying the two-year specialisation in Translation of Modern Greek in the follow-up Master's programme Translation of Modern European Languages (formerly Translation of Romance and Germanic Languages):

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Arts
Type of studies Bachelor's
Mode full-time Yes
combined No
distance No
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies Yes
Standard length of studies 3 years
Language of instruction Czech

Do you have any questions?
Send us an e-mail to

Mgr. Bc. Kateřina Bočková Loudová, Ph.D.



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