Study in Greece
As a central node of European education, Greece is characterized by intense activity of multinational companies in financial sectors such as commerce, tourism and other services. The recruitment of these companies is in a great percentage made by the graduates of the country’s educational institutions that are distinguished by the high educational level that they provide. Education is in accordance with market trends. As a result, an important number of internships is available.
Student information about cities in Greece
Find the best information about what to expect when studying in top cities in Greece. Read about degree course offers, career opportunities, student life, living costs, and more.
- Study in Athens
- Study in Thessaloniki
There are several ways to study a graduate programme in Greece:
- Universities – provide academic Bachelor and Master programmes
- Higher Technological Educational Institutes (TEI) – offer vocational based programs
- There are also State Non-University Tertiary Institutes offering professionally oriented courses of shorter duration (2 to 3 years)
A Master's degree in Greece will normally take between one and two years to complete, depending on the institution and mode of study you choose.
Following changes in the Greek legislation, in 2008 and 2010, private organisations, referred to as colleges, have been authorised to offer foreign undergraduate and postgraduate programmes under the monitoring of the Greek Ministry of Education.
State-run schools and universities do not charge tuition fees and textbooks are provided free to all students. There are also a number of private schools, colleges and universities operating alongside the state education and providing additional training through tutoring.
General application requirements
For international students to apply to a higher education institution in Greece they would need to present all or some of the following documents:
- the candidate's application entry form
- the original graduation certificate from the candidate's country
- a certificate of his/her general average
- a certificate showing not only the candidate's citizenship and nationality and also the parents' citizenship and nationality
- certificate confirming that the candidate is entitled to attend a Higher Education Institution in their own country
- a declaration that the candidate does not hold any degree issued by a Greek Higher Education Institution
Ask for detailed information about enrolment from the Greek university you plan to attend.
The universities consist of faculties, which in turn are subdivided into departments and individual units. University courses last four years except for certain Faculties where courses last five or six years. The academic year consists of two semesters with 13 full weeks of tuition and three weeks of examinations. The students complete their studies after four years provided they have passed the examinations both in the compulsory and optional subjects. They receive a Degree or Diploma depending on the Faculty in question.
Find hundreds of study programmes, from short training seminars, e-learning education programmes, conferences, to full-fledged bachelor's and master's degree programmes. If you are not interested in a degree programme but want to do your traineeship in Greece, there are a lot of options that are worth considering.
Languages of study
Many graduate programmes in Greece are taught in English or Greek, so you can choose whichever language option you prefer. The high level of spoken English in the country provides tempting opportunities to study abroad in Greece.
You have plenty of options for studying in Greece in an English-taught degree programme. Athens and Thessaloniki, two cities which gather the majority of higher education institutions of the country, are great places to find hundreds of fully English-taught study programmes, including short courses, distance learning education programmes, conferences, as well as Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes. Collaborations of large Greek universities with American higher education institutions insure a wide range of programmes delivered in English. You can also find courses taught in both English and Greek, if you are looking to increase your knowledge of the Greek language.
English language preparation courses for studying in Greece
Develop your academic English language skills in order to meet the English language requirements at Greek universities offering degree studies for international students. Choose an English language school anywhere in the world and pick your preferred English exam preparation course from diverse language course options.
Foreigners from non-EU countries wishing to study in Greece will need to acquire a student visa (type D) from a Greek consulate. EU students do not require a study visa.
Standard documents include:
- proof of sponsorship
- proof of funds
- medical and police clearance certificates
- academic transcripts
- language certificates
- documents from the host institution in Greece
Applicants can expect to have an interview with consular staff.
Find more information about the student visa for Greece.