About the Department
Volos is one of the largest and most beautiful Greek cities and one of the most important ports in the country. It is located in central Greece (320km north of Athens and 219km south of Thessaloniki). It is a stone’s throw from mount Pelion, it combines all the allure of the sea with the mystical beauty of the mountain of Centaurs. The city is associated with the famed expedition of the Argonauts, one of the most important epics of Greek Mythology.
Volos is a modern city with a special charm and its own particular color, marked largely by its place between the sea of the Pagasetic Gulf and the imposing Pelion Mountain, which is one of the most beautiful and bewitching in Greece.
The sea creates numerous recreational centers and some of the city’s countless famous little taverns, or “tsipouradika”, serving the traditional “tsipouro” aperitif and special seafood appetizers, or “meze”.
The University of Thessaly was founded in 1984 and the Department of Primary Education one year later. The Department of Primary Education is located in the center of the town, in Papastratos Central Building, a modern construction which joins three separate buildings by an atrium covered by a modern glass dome. Exhibitions and other events take place here. The geographical location of the Department allows students to visit the beautiful islands of Sporades that are very close (Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos), but also many cities, sights and parts of the mainland that are easily accessible.
The Department has about 1000 students and 28 teaching staff. The courses are held mainly in Greek language, but the professors make sure to provide students with the necessary English literature and assign written assignments in English. Some arts-related courses (art, cinema, theater, etc.) are easier to attend and, with the help of Greek students who can translate and help, the student participation of Erasmus students is facilitated.
In addition, Erasmus students have the opportunity to visit elementary schools in Volos, where students of the Department carry out their practical training. In this context they can attend lessons and participate gaining a good knowledge and experience of how the Greek school operates. The University of Thessaly has two more Pedagogical Departments: the Department of Early Childhood Education and the Department of Special Education. Erasmus Students can choose to attend lessons from both of these Departments.
Erasmus Academic Co-ordinators
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