Higher education in Greece for foreigners: general information

Higher education in Greece for foreigners is completely free, you only need to pay for the first year of language learning - from 700 euros - and for accommodation. Even this relatively small investment in education pays off with free meals in the student canteen and special benefits: travel, visits to cultural events, museums. At the same time, accessibility and state support for studies are weighty, but far from the only arguments in favor of entering a Greek university.
Features of the education system in Greece
Greece has public and private higher education institutions. All of them are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. But even though the country in 2012 recognized the equality of diplomas from state (giving free education) and private (fee-paying) universities, it is more difficult for graduates of non-state colleges and universities to get a job. The only significant advantage of studying at a private university in Greece for foreigners is English-language education. In state educational institutions, most courses are taught in Greek, with the exception of some master's programs.
The levels of higher education in Greece correspond to the European system:
  • Undergraduate - from 6-8 semesters, in medicine - from 12 semesters.
  • Master's degree - 2-4 semesters.
  • Doctorate - 6 semesters.
The structure of Greek education meets world standards, but the approach itself in detail is a little different from that in other countries of the European Union. It was Ancient Greece that at one time became the cradle of scientific and philosophical thought, and in the 21st century, a number of student traditions have been preserved in a country with a long history. The same general accessibility of education, which is manifested not only in its being free of charge. Any one can come to a lecture at a university, for this it is not necessary to be enrolled in a course, and therefore often in the classroom, along with students, there are interested people of all ages who just want to listen to the lecturer.
Knowledge in Greek universities is evaluated on a ten-point scale. In order for the work to be credited, the student needs to get at least 5 points for it, while the marks can be fractional and 8.5 is already an “excellent” result. Current works, mostly independent, equal to admissions to exams held every semester. There are two semesters per year: autumn-winter - from September to December, and spring - from February to June. The university decides in what format to examine students at its discretion. For successfully passed exams, students accumulate student loans - all within the rules of the Bologna system.
5 arguments in favor of getting a higher education in Greece
  • In Greek universities, each student independently forms his own schedule, sets the dates for passing exams, chooses electives and looks for ways to get involved in scientific or any practical activity in the chosen direction as quickly as possible. This gives a certain freedom of action, and due to the interdisciplinary approach, graduates have a high competitiveness in the labor market, in business and research activities.
  • You can study for free, besides, the students are also well fed a the university canteens and a special student card provides benefits for travel and entertainment. Even if we ttake into account the cost of living in the country, Greek higher education will cost less than in most European countries. In general, life in Greece for students is quite comfortable and inexpensive.
  • A foreign applicant does not need to take entrance exams, providing the admission committee a certified translation into Greek of a certificate of complete secondary education is enough. It is not even necessary to know Greek for admission - foreigners are given a year to learn the language in special paid courses at the university.
  • Greek diplomas are recognized not only in the EU countries, but almost all over the world. In addition, there is a certain shortage of qualified personnel within the country, so if you wish, after graduation, you can find a job and stay in Greece with the right to obtain a work visa or residence permit.
  • Greece has a comfortable climate, moderate prices, a relatively high level of security and a developed student community, it is possible that after graduation you might want to buy real estate here and stay.

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