The Department of English Language and Literature is one of the largest academic units in the School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUoA) with a large student body of approximately 2,000 undergraduates and about 40 MA students and PhD candidates.

Our four-year programme covers language and culture, literature and theory, theoretical and applied linguistics. All courses in the English programme are taught and assessed in English. During their first year of study, students also take optional courses in Greek, offered by other departments of the School of Philosophy.

The Department has numerous bilateral agreements and a third of our student body may apply for a term abroad under the auspices of the Erasmus Plus programme. 

Graduates of the department are active in diverse professional fields, including education, translation, the public and the private sector.

We are located at the university campus of the Zographou area, near the city centre, in the School of Philosophy.



Department of English Language and Literature alumna, Dr. Angeliki Aristidou, was chosen through a highly detailed and competitive process to be the recipient of the 2019 "Future Leaders Fellowship" offered by the United Kingdom Research Innovation programme. Dr. Aristidou's fellowship entails a grant of 1,2-2 million British pounds sterling for conducting research for 4-7 years with her own team on the subject of "Innovating across sectors: Examining new models of work and novel organizational forms emerging in partnerships between the public and third sectors." We offer our warmest congratulations to our alumna, who continues to be an inspiration to all our students!

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Warmest congratulations are also due to Department alumna Maria Stathopoulou, whose latest achievement is that her project, “Mediation in Τeaching, Τesting and Αssessment” (ME.T.T.A.) was selected, after a highly competitive process, to be funded and managed by the European Centre of Modern Languages of the Council of Europe (2020-2023). With Stathopoulou as project director, the team working with her will include academics from France, Finland and Malta, and associate partners from Greece, Spain and Finland. It will also involve professionals from many more Council of Europe member states.

Maria Stathopoulou was an honour student throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies in our Department. She completed her doctoral studies in just three years with distinction and a year or so later, in 2015, she had a revised version of her PhD thesis published by the prestigious international house, Multilingual Matters, under the title Cross-Language Mediation in Foreign Language Teaching and Testing. Selected to work as a Fellow at the Research Centre for Language Teaching, Testing and Assessment, on account of the expertise she had developed during her doctoral research and work in the RCeL, in 2016, she was invited to serve on the Committee of Experts of the Council of Europe, who developed the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Companion Volume, published in 2018. Today, she’s a teacher of English in the state school sector, a tutor at the Hellenic Open University and an adjunct lecturer at the National Technical University of Athens. Her book, for the teaching English to architects and engineers is uniquely valuable, and is being used in ESP courses in higher institutions in Greece and Cyprus.