Education in Greece offers many advantages: international recognition of university diplomas, comfortable living environment and affordable costs of living and tuition.

Preschool, primary and secondary education

In Greece, education is compulsory for children ages 6 to 15. Public schools are free for Greek and foreign residents. There are also 300 private schools with tuition fees ranging from €4,500 to €20,000 per year.

The Greek education system is divided into the following levels:

  • early education (Νηπιαγωγείο) from 3 to 6
  • primary education (Δημοτικό) from 6 to 12
  • secondary education:
    • junior secondary in gymnasium (Γυμνάσιο) is compulsory from 12 to 15 years old.
    • senior secondary education: high school with an emphasis on core and specific subjects (general lyceum, Λύκειο) or professional colleges (Τεχνικού Επαγγελματικού Εκπαιδευτηρίου, TEE). This level is not mandatory but necessary for required to get into higher education.

Public kindergartens accept children from the age of three and nurseries accept children as early as eight months. Public kindergartens often have long waiting lists and only accept children from families where both parents have jobs. Private kindergartens charge €300–600 per month. From ages four to six, children can attend preparatory courses in primary schools.

In secondary school most Greek students attend frontistiria (Φροντιστήριο): fee-paying exam preparation classes.


There are no less than twenty universities and fourteen higher technical education institutions in Greece. Higher education is also provided by the Hellenic Open University and other specialised institutes for liberal arts, military studies, police academy and more.

Top Greek universities 2015-2016

University Greek name
National Technical University
of Athens
Εθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο
Aristotle University
of Thessaloniki
Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο
University of Crete Πανεπιστήμιο Κρήτης
National and Kapodistrian
University of Athens
Εθνικόν και Καποδιστριακόν
Πανεπιστήμιον Αθηνών
University of Patras Πανεπιστήμιο Πατρών

Source: QS World University Rankings

Bachelor’s degree studies are free for local and EU students at public universities. Non-EU students pay at least €1,500 in tuition per year. Admission for international students is based on the secondary school exam results and language test results. Those who wish to study at a public university in Greece must take a one-year language course at a university in Thessaloniki or Athens followed by an exam, which costs €500–600. International students studying in English must submit their IELTS/TOEFL scores or take a test set by the university.

Applications are open only from 20–30 July each year. The following documents must be submitted to the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs of Hellenic Republic:

  • secondary education certificate with apostille (original)
  • birth certificate with apostille
  • statement with the secondary school exam grades converted into the Greek grading system of 0–20 (issued by the Greek embassy)
  • proof that the applicant and parents do not possess Greek citizenship (issued by Greek embassy)
  • academic transcripts and proof of eligibility for university admission (issued by applicant’s Ministry of Education)
  • passport
  • statement proving the applicant has not studied in a Greek academic institute.

All the documents must be translated into Greek at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hellenic Republic.

The application is available from the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs of Hellenic Republic. Each applicant gets an identification number assigned to track application results on the Ministry's website.

The cost of living for students in Greece is much cheaper than in other European countries. Renting a flat in Thessaloniki costs about €250 per month and €320 per month in Athens. Average total living expenses start at €600–700 per month.

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