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Study In Greece - International Students

Study in Greece, and find the best universities in Greece.

This study guide will give you all the information you need to find universities and study in Greece.

Greece has a reputation as one of the premier seats of learning in the world, in fact it could be considered the birthplace of academia.

Home to philosophers, thinkers and historians, Ancient Greek philosophy is the template on which most of modern democracy was built.

It’s also an undeniably beautiful country, packed with more history than you’ll find anywhere else in the world. What could be more inspiring?

Bachelor Degree In Greece

Find the right Bachelor Degree in Greece with our comprehensive guide.

Universities in Greece

There are two different education systems in Greece in which you can study, depending on the type of course you want to take. They are:

Universities – provide academic undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Greece
Higher Technological Educational Institutes (TEI) – offer vocational based degrees

If you choose to study a degree at a university in Greece you'll have just over 20 different universities to choose from. The most prestigious universities are in the cities of Athens (the capital) and Thessaloniki.

Six universities in Greece are ranked in the QS World University Rankings 2016/17:

• National Technical University of Athens
• Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
• National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
• University of Crete
• University of Patras
• Athens University of Economics and Business


Greece’s 15 Technological Educational Institutes (TEIs) provide a more vocational education than the more traditional universities.

Tuition Fees in Greece

Explore tuition fees in Greece for bachelor's degrees and find the right bachelors degree at the right tuition cost for you.

Undergraduate degrees in Greece are known as ‘first-cycle’ degrees, with all applications having to be made through the Hellenic Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs.

Undergraduate degrees in Greece typically take four years to complete, although some courses at TEIs and art schools can take five years to finish.

Like many other European countries, Greece follows the bachelors/masters route in higher education, meaning students complete Bas, BScs, Mas and MScs. This applies for both universities and TEIs.

Programmes are taught in both English and Greek, so if your grasp of the Hellenic languages isn’t quite up to scratch you can still study in Greece.

The Greek university year officially starts on 1st September, with individual institutions setting their own term dates.

Immigration & Visa in Greece

Advice on Immigration & Visa in Greece, where you can make sure you get the right documents to make a successful application to your ideal university.

European Union students and those from within the Schengen area can study in Greece without having to apply for a visa, as long as they can demonstrate the following:

• They have a valid passport
• They are studying for more than three months at the institution
• They have sufficient income to support themselves during their studies
• Have comprehensive health insurance


It is worth noting that the status of students from UK could change following the countries departure from the EU.

International non-EU students need to obtain a student visa (type D) from a Greek consulate.

Aside from a passport and photographs, the student will need to provide:

- proof of sponsorship
- proof of funds
- medical and police clearance certificates
- academic transcripts
- language certificates
- documents from the host institution in Greece


It is also likely that non-EU international students will need to meet with a member of the Greek consulate for an interview.

Non-EU students who have a visa issued by one of the Schengen countries should be aware that it is automatically valid for all other Schengen countries, of which Greece is one.

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Greece

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Greece.

There are two main types of accommodation for international students who are studying in Greece:

• University accommodation – such as halls of residence
• Private accommodation – house and flat rentals

In the majority of cases, Greek universities will have accommodation that belongs to them in or near their campuses, and will be able to provide this to international students, although this will vary depending on your lifestyle, if you choose to live alone, and where you choose to live within your city.

It is advised that students in Greece set aside approximately 300-400 Euros per month for accommodation and 300-400 Euros for living expenses.

Advice For Parents

Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in Greece. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.

How safe is Greece?

Greece is traditionally a tourist destination and is used to welcoming lots of students and tourists. However, the ongoing economic crisis means that there is some unrest in the country against the government. Despite not being targeted at international students, they should avoid attending demonstrations for their own safety.

Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:

• Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
• Staying in groups, especially at night, and avoiding walking alone
• Not making valuables obvious
• Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
• Being wary of strangers
• Being careful of traffic


Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:

• Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection

• Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date

• Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill

Apply to Study in Greece

Apply to Study in Greece and get free online and telephone support with your application. The advice here will help you find the right bachelors at the right university in Greece.

If you would like to study overseas but are not certain as to where is the best fit in terms of country, course and funding you can register for free with the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) where a dedicated admissions team will be able to help you every step of the way.

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