The Odysseas Greek Language & History Tutor

The Odysseas Online Language & History Tutor (Odysseas Project) is a Learning Content Management System complete with over 2 dozen language and history courses that encompass Greek Language (Ancient and Modern) Greek History and Culture.

The software itself consists of interactive content, exercises and exams to help you determine your strengths and weaknesses as you proceed through the various courses. Not only have we made it highly visually engaging but very intelligent as it tracks your performance. Whenever you make a mistake, the program gives you detailed feedback and points you to the grammatical concepts you need to study further. If it determines that you are weak in certain areas, it provides you with practice exercises to help you improve in those areas.

The support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation ensures Odysseas’s continued development and the creation of further online courses. The SNF New Media lab maintaina existing platforms while always adapting to new technologies. Currently over 25,000 users around the globe have installed the Odysseas iPhone application.

Online Demo Access

Version 3 Greek for English Speakers
user: sfugreek
pass: sfutest
Version 2 Greek for Chinese Speakers (Hosted in Hong Kong) (level 1) (level 1)
user: sally
pass: test

Version 3 Greek for Chinese Speakers
user: ch1
pass: ch1

Partners in China

  • Nankai University
  • Zhong Shan University (Guang Zhon)
  • Beijing Foreign Language University
  • Peking University
  • Tsinghua University
  • Fudan University
  • Shanghai International Study University
  • Beijing Language and Culture University
  • People University (Beijing)
  • Shang Hai Normal University (ShangHai)
  • North East Normal University (Chang Chun)
  • Shandong University (Shandong)
  • Xi’an Foreign Language University (Xi’an)
  • Si Chuan University (Cheng Da)
  • Southeast China University (Chongqing)
  • Zheng Zhon University (Zheng Zhou)
  • Capital Normal University (Beijing)
  • Wuhan University (Wuhan)
  • Yantai University
  • Xinjiang University of Finance & Economics
  • Dalian Nationalities University
  • Embassy of China (Athens)
  • Embassy of the Hellenic Republic (Beijing)

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation New Media Lab

A new media and online learning lab specializing on language and culture

Between 2004 and 2011 the Stavros Niarchos Foundation awarded Simon Fraser University a series of successive grants for the development of cutting edge software for content delivery in the fields of language and culture. With this funding the Hellenic Studies development team at Simon Fraser University created a unique and effective online course-offering technology currently in use here at SFU and at a number of other institutions in North American and China.

In a 21st century educational scene increasingly exploring online, remote-learning methods as a means for the effective engagement of students – both directly enrolled and non-traditional – with the expertise and learning potential of the university, Simon Fraser University has been a pioneer in cross-cultural and transnational applications of e-learning technologies.

The experience built over seven years of content-development and delivery has allowed Simon Fraser University to become a hub for the teaching of Greek language and culture to diasporic communities around the world, North American Universities, and to the emerging academic market of China. In fact our experience in North America and China has aptly demonstrated the value of online knowledge delivery vehicles in both times of crisis and in periods of rapid economic growth. We have therefore noticed that in the North American context, communities affected by the economic crisis and the concomitant budget cuts, have been enabled by our program to continue properly serving their members at a time when funding for live-instructors is increasingly scarce. On the other hand, in China’s booming academic scene, the increased demand for scarce educational resources has created a niche for e-learning systems that enable local universities to satisfy increased demand even as they prepare for further expansion of their physical infrastructure.

Courses We Offer

Modern Greek Language

Modern Greek Level 1
Modern Greek Level 2
Modern Greek Level 3
Modern Greek Level 4

Ancient Greek Language

Ancient Greek Level 1
Ancient Greek Level 2
Ancient Greek Level 3
Ancient Greek Level 4
Ancient Greek Level 5


Survey of Greek Philosophy
History of Greek Civilization
History of Greek Art & Architecture

Ancient History

Archaic Greece
The Golden Age of Greece
Alexander the Great
Greek Mythology
History of Greek Law

Byzantine History

From Constantine to the Dark Ages
From Reconstruction to Destruction

Modern Greek History

Greeks in the Ottoman Empire
19th Century Greek History (1830-1914)
Greece in the 20th Century

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies

Over the past 15 years, Hellenic Studies at SFU has grown into a successful interdisciplinary program, consistently maintaining high enrollment levels while capturing the imagination of SFU's graduate and undergraduate students.

The Hellenic Studies Program has been offering courses in Greek and Byzantine history, Greek language and culture. One major challenge was making Greek (a lesser-used language) more accessible to both local and international students. After approaching The Stavros Niarchos Foundation in 2003, the program received a series of grants that enabled the creation of an e-learning platform offering various levels of Greek language.

The platform, known as The Odysseas Online Language Tutor, has to date taught Greek to thousands of students throughout the globe, most notably in China where there are 15 universities using our Tutor. Recognized as a pioneer of online language instruction, over 25,000 users around the globe have registered online or downloaded (app) The Odysseas Online Language Tutor.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies is committed to the study and teaching of Greek history language and culture. Fundamental to this endeavor is the application of innovative technology to enhance the learning experience for the student and scholar.

The aim of the Centre is to make Hellenic Studies accessible to university and non-university students with teaching and research as the cornerstone of the Centre’s activities. These tasks are accomplished by training future scholars in Greek history, language and culture. The Centre is dedicated to the survival of Greek studies both in the West and in Asia.

Contact Us

SNF New Media Lab
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada V5A 1S6

Email: admin[at]

Costa Dedegikas, Technology Manager
Maria Kalogeropoulou, Greek Language Consultant and Course Designer
Sally Huang, Chinese Language Consultant and Course Designer
Thomas Countoures, Lab Associate

SNF New Media Lab, Greece
Polychronis Kampylis, Lead Programmer
Konstantinos Kontos, iOS Programmer
Tasos Skikos, Online Course Developer

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