Wrapping your head around a whole new education system can be pretty daunting. We’ve got you covered with 4 simple steps:
Choose what you want to study
- More and more Greek universities are starting to offer bachelor’s and postgraduate degree courses which are entirely taught in English. This list of institutions is a great starting point, or this interactive map will give you an idea of the range of courses currently available.
- When you apply to Greek universities, you will apply for the exact subject you want to study for the next 4 years (rather than applying to a faculty or college). This makes it even more important that you’re sure of what you want to study.
- Perhaps think about the study opportunities available in Greece that you won’t get in any other country. You could study Philosophy at the Aristotle University, or Politics in the birthplace of modern democracy.
Choose which type of university you wish to attend
- There are 2 types of university in Greece: public universities and Technical Educational Institues (TEIs). The type you choose to attend will be dictated by your subject choice and what you’re looking for in your experience.
- There are over 30 public universities in Greece. These provide academically-focussed undergraduate and graduate programmes, which follow the typical Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate frameworks. Undergraduate degrees in Greece take four years to complete.
- In addition to these universities, there are 12 Technological Educational Institutes (TEIs), which offer higher education programs with a focus on practical and professional skills, in subjects such as applied technology, healthcare, agriculture, management and art and design. Course length varies but most take 4-5 years to complete. These are still universities so the same rules apply in terms of fees, accommodation etc.
- Some Greek institutions have a particular focus on international students, and this might be a factor in your decision. For example, the American College of Thessaloniki is U.S. Accredited and has an International Programs Office dedicated to assisting international students. They also have a range of scholarships available to international students - click here for more information.
Check you meet the entry requirements
Once you’ve chosen a course and a university, you’ll need to make sure you fulfil all the entry requirements. In Greece, admission to university is based on a student’s high school results, which are given as a score from 0-20 (you’ll need to obtain something called an ‘equivalence certificate’ to convert your grades to this system). Check out our article 'Study in Greece: preparing to apply' for further details on the qualifications you’ll need.
- Application to Greek universities involves completing an online application form and then sending your documents to the Hellenic Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs.
- The online portal is completely free to use and allows you to apply to as many as 20 different undergraduate programmes at once. You can find the applications portal here, but remember that the system is only available during specific dates (for 2019/20 entry these were from Thursday, July 18th 2019 until Wednesday, July 24th 2019).
- After entering your details online, and before the end of the application window, you’ll need to send your documents (including proof of your grades, identification and equivalence certificate) to the Hellenic Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs.
- The applications window normally opens in July and the Greek university year officially starts on the 1st of September (but individual institutions set their own term dates around this).
- For a much more detailed guide to this process, check out our article ‘Study in Greece: how to navigate the university admissions portal’.
- If you need a student visa, apply for one as soon as possible, as it usually takes around 2 months to process this (see our Study in Greece: preparing to apply article for more information). You can apply as soon as you receive your acceptance letter from university.
- If you’re an EU student, ensure you have your EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card). If you’re from outside the EU, you’ll need to arrange health insurance (see our 'Study in Greece: preparing to apply' article for more information).
- Plan out your finances, using our The cost of studying in Greece article for help.
- Book your accommodation. Check what the university has to offer or look for private accommodation. For more information on accommodation, check out our article 'The cost of studying in Greece'.