Higher education in Greece: quality and affordability
The number of international students has grown tenfold globally, exceeding 5 million in the past four decades. The most popular destinations — the US and the UK — traditionally offer
Application and enrolment
- Prospective students do not have to take entrance exams in Greece. Admission is based
on one’shigh school results.
- Among the entrance requirements is a Greek language proficiency certificate, issued by the University of Athens, the University of Thessaloniki or a Greek language centre. Otherwise, applicants have to take
an eight-monthlanguage course before entering university, which costs about €500 on average.
- Successful applicants are issued a student visa, covering the entire period of study and allowing free travel across Europe.
The Greek higher education system is divided into two streams: university and technological education. There are 24 universities and 16 higher technological educational institutions (TEIs), which offer more practical training.
Admission documents are submitted to the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, so there is no need to apply to different universities separately. School leavers can apply to 20 university departments dedicated to the research of one of the following areas:
- humanities, legal and social sciences;
- exact sciences;
- public health;
- engineering sciences; or
- economics and management.
European high school graduates can apply to 40 university departments in two research areas.
According to international academic agencies, document preparation and submission is laborious. Students are advised to prepare the documents in advance as the application window is usually open for only 10 days. This makess it difficult to make adjustments quickly if required. Documents can be submitted independently or through a professional service.
- Foreign undergraduate students do not pay tuition fees. Course materials are also provided free of charge.
- All undergraduate programmes are conducted in Greek, while postgraduate programmes are conducted in Greek and English.
- Students of any level can apply for scholarships and work
Greek university students enjoy a whole range of benefits including:
- subsidised meals at university refectories;
- concessions on public transport;
- discounts on admission to gyms, libraries, historical and cultural landmarks.
International students are entitled to free medical care and are eligible for free
Living costs, €/month
(for a shared
85 m² apartment)
Many Greek universities issue a Diploma Supplement to graduates, which is a standardised description of studies completed in a format approved by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. This helps graduates get jobs in other European countries.
Top 5 Greek universities (QS World University Rankings 2018)
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