Modern Greek Program Overview

The Modern Greek Program offers a major that can be included in many degrees offered at the University of Sydney. For in-depth information on the Modern Greek subject area, a description of the major and its requirements, and a table and descriptions of the units of study available in this area, go to the

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Handbook - Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies

For previous year enrolments: Handbook archive.

Unit of Study prerequisites are also reviewed from time to time. The prerequisites listed for units in your year of enrolment are valid for the duration of your candidature.


What units should you enrol in?

New Students

  • Students with very little or no previous knowledge of Greek should enroll in MGRK1601: Junior Modern Greek 1 and MGRK1602: Junior Modern Greek 2
  • Students with little written and oral knowledge of Greek should enroll in MGRK2601: Modern Greek 3 and MGRK2602: Modern Greek 4
  • Students who have completed HSC Greek should enroll in MGRK2603: Style and Expression and MGRK2605: Theory and Practice of Translation B

Continuing Students

  • Students who have completed MGRK1601 and MGRK1602 continue with MGRK2601 and MGRK2602 in their 2nd year of Modern Greek. If you are thinking of majoring in Greek you should also enroll in either MGRK2633: History of Greek Cinema or MGRK3603: Modern Greek Politics
  • Students who have completed MGRK1621 and MGRK1622 continue with MGRK2603 and MGRK2605 in their 2nd year of Modern Greek. If you are thinking of majoring in Greek you should also enroll in either MGRK2633: History of Greek Cinema or MGRK3603: Modern Greek Politics
  • Students who have completed MGRK2603 continue with MGRK2605 in their third year. If you are thinking of majoring in Greek you should also enroll in either MGRK2633: History of Greek Cinema and MGRK3603: Modern Greek Politics

A major in Modern Greek requires at least 36 senior credit points, including at least 6 at 3000 level.

If you are uncertain about your entry level in Modern Greek, please contact the Chair of Department.


International exchange

The department encourages students to spend a period of exchange at an overseas university. The University’s International Exchange Program enables you to undertake approved overseas study, with the credit achieved counting towards your degree at the University of Sydney. The University currently has an exchange agreement with the University of Cyprus. Comprehensive information is available at the Student Exchange Office Website.

The department can also organise In-Country Study: in collaboration with the University of Athens a 6-week course on Greek language, culture and history is run over January and February. The course takes place in the Old Building of the University of Athens at the heart of the city: students sit for exams at the end of the program. Each weekend an excursion to an important archaeological site is scheduled (Delphi, Mycenae, Olympia, Vergina etc). Students who successfully complete the unit receive 6 credit points towards their degree. Fees apply as determined by the University of Athens.

Talk to your International exchange coordinator for information.


Cross Institutional Enrolments

Although Modern Greek is not offered at UWS or UTS, students from these Universities can do Modern Greek subjects at Sydney University (cross-institutional enrolment). The successful completion of units of study at Sydney University can count for their degrees at their original University.

Steps to follow for cross-institutional enrolment:

  1. Approval Letter for cross-institutional enrolment from course co-ordinator at UWS/UTS
  2. Application Form for cross-institutional enrolment from Faculty of Arts, Sydney University
  3. Complete Application Form for cross-institutional enrolment from Faculty of Arts, Sydney University
  4. Approval of Application and signature from Chair of Department of Modern Greek at Sydney University
  5. Hand in at Faculty of Arts, Sydney University a) Application Form and b) Approval Letter for cross-institutional enrolment from UWS/UTS
  6. Enrol at the chosen Modern Greek Units of study at Faculty of Arts, Sydney University
  7. Print academic transcript from Sydney University and Fill in Form for Academic Credit at UWS and submit both at the UWS

Academic policies and procedures

The Department follows the policies and procedures set out by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – for information, follow these links to the requisite Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences pages:

Policies webpage for information on:
- Plagiarism - Satisfactory progress - Late Work - Attendance

Student Administration Manual contains procedures, and the necessary forms, for amongst others:
- Applying for credit
- Applying for a DNF after the semester deadline
- Applying for Honours
- Applying for a suspension for one or two semesters
- Appealing against a result

Special Consideration webpage for information on:
- Special Consideration - for serious illness or misadventure
- Special Arrangements - for essential community commitments
- Extensions on assessments - for minor illness or misadventure