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Study in Greece

Recognised as the birthplace of democracy and academia, Greece has a long history of education. In fifth-century Constantinople, the first higher education institution in Europe described as a university was founded. With exciting cities, Greek cuisine and beautiful weather, Greece would be the perfect choice for an international student.

Why Study in Greece?

Western culture owes many of its modern systems to Ancient Greece. The country has long been known for providing higher education, with a high quality education system. Many of the ideas of Ancient Greek philosophers are still discussed today, and there is a lasting presence of innovators.

Higher education in Greece is provided by three different types of institution. These are universities, technological educational institutes and academies. You can study for a bachelor’s degree, masters degree and doctoral degree at universities in Greece.

There is one Greek university in the 2019 QS World University Rankings top 500, and 6 in the top 1000. The highest of these is the National Technical University of Athens, which is placed at 446th. The next highest ranked is the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, which is placed in the 561-570th group.

About Greece

Officially the Hellenic Republic, Greece is home to almost 18 million people. Located in Southern Europe, Greece shares land borders with 4 countries, and sits in 4 different seas. The terrain of Greece is mainly mountainous, with the highest peak being Mount Olympus at almost 3,000 metres. Greece as it is known today emerged in 1830 after a war of independence. The country was a member of the European Communities, which is now the European Union.

The earliest evidence of human inhabitation in Greece dates back to 270,000 BC. Greece was also the location of the first advanced civilisations in Europe. The country is known for creating the Olympic Games in 776 BC, as well as Western drama, which is a mode of fiction presented in performance. There are 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country, illustrating the historical legacy of Greece.



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

Higher education in Greece

  • Student visas and immigration
  • Scholarships and financial support
  • 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


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!

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For more information about studying in Greece visit the Study in Greece website.

For a full list of universities and other higher education institutions in Greece, visit the IKY website.

Cost of Living and Studying in Greece

Greece uses the Euro (€) as its currency.

Your tuition fees will depend on where you are from and where you choose to study. If you choose to study at a public university, you will pay less than at a private university. If you are from an EU country then you will not pay tuition fees at all public universities and colleges. The same applies for students who are from EEA countries. If you are from any other country then you will be required to pay tuition fees. The fees will vary depending on where you choose to study and at what level. On average, you should expect to pay between €3,000 and €15,000 per year.

Living costs in Greece are also affordable. How much you pay will depend on where you choose to live, as bigger cities will cost more than smaller cities and towns. On average, you should budget for between €500 and €1,000 per month. Another cost that international students need to consider is health insurance. If you are an EHIC card holder, you will be able to access the same healthcare as Greek citizens for the same price, which is usually free. If you are not an EHIC card holder, you will need to have a health insurance policy that is valid for the duration of your studies in Greece. Health insurance will cost between €200 and €600 per year.


Depending on where you are from, you may need a visa to study in Greece. Students from an EU country will not need to obtain a visa. If you are from any other country, you will need a visa in order to study in Greece. This can be done at the Greek embassy or consulate in your home country. There are certain documents that you will need to provide when processing the application. Most institutions will help you with the visa application and requirements.


The official and national language of Greece is Greek.

There are an increasing amount of degree programmes being offered in the English language, mainly at postgraduate level. At undergraduate level, Greek is the normal teaching language. If you choose to study in a non-native language, you will likely have to provide evidence of your proficiency. If you do not meet the required standards, it is common for institutions to offer language courses to help you improve.

Even if you are able to study in English, you should make an effort to learn as much Greek language as you can. Communicating with the locals and other students is the perfect way to practice. This is a skill that will look great on your CV/resume!



The capital and largest city in Greece, Athens is home to over 660,000 people. Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities, and dates back over 3,400 years. The city is the economic, financial, political and cultural centre of Greece. There are many tourist attractions in the city of Athens, including the Acropolis of Athens.

Located in the city you will find several higher education institutions. These include the Athens University of Economics and Business, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, as well as international campuses of universities from around the world.