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Greece

Higher education in Greece

  • Number of higher education institutions: 38
  • Number of students in higher education: 663,700 (2012, Euromonitor International from national statistics/UNESCO)
  • Number of international students in higher education: 27,777 (2012, UNESCO)
  • Language of instruction: Most higher education programmes in Greece are taught in the Greek language but you will find many Master’s degree courses taught in English too
  • Typical tuition fees: There are no fees for undergraduate studies. Some Higher Education Institutions do not charge fees for Master’s degrees – others charge between 1,000 and 8,000 Euro for the duration of the programme
  • Average length of a full-time higher education programme in Greece:
    • Bachelor’s degree programme: 4 years
    • Master’s degree programme: 2 years
    • Doctorate/PhD: 3 years

Quick facts

  • Population: 10,783,748 (2016)
  • Capital: Athens
  • Geographical size: 131,957 km2
  • GDP: €175.888 billion (2016)
  • Official EU language(s): Greek
  • Currency: Euro

Overview

Greece is the place to be for history and mythology lovers… but there is so much more to discover here!

Studying in Greece gives you the opportunity to gain a valuable qualification and prepare for your future career – while enjoying Greece’s vibrant culture and the Mediterranean way of life.

The cost of living in Greece is relatively low. Moreover, students may be able to apply for certain Master’s degree programmes with no tuition fees, such as those offered by the prestigious National Technical University of Athens, among others.

According to international rankings, the top universities of Greece are the National Technical University of Athens, the Athens University of Economics and Business, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Crete, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the University of Patras.

The International University of Thessaloniki is the only Hellenic public Higher Education Institution (HEI) that offers all Master’s degrees in English.

Athens and Thessaloniki are the main student cities, but Crete island also offers great opportunities to study, as three HEIs (University of Crete, Technical University of Crete and TEI of Crete) campuses are based on the island.

And of course, while you are here, you must explore Greece’s beautiful beaches, towns and cities!