One of the main reasons for choosing Greece as a study destination is its range of course offerings. With its contribution to the fields of fine arts, theatre and philosophy, Greece is a popular choice for those pursuing higher education in these fields. Other popular fields of study to pursue in the country include archeology, history and business. Another reason for choosing Greece as a study destination is its geographical location. With its proximity to the Mediterranean, eastern European countries and even Asia and Africa, studying in the country can be an enticing opportunity for students who are travelers at heart. Greece is also a good choice for prospective students with a healthy interest in history, culture and nature.
Greece is situated on the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula in South East Europe; its territory also includes several hundred islands in the Ionian and Aegean Seas. Around 20% of the total land area is comprised of islands. Mountains and hills dominate the landscape accounting for nearly 80% of the total land area. The capital of the country is Athens. Greece has a population of 10.7 million. The official language is Greek with 98% of the population speaking it, although English and French are also widely understood.
Greece has 18 university institutions (AEI) and 14 institutions of technological education (TEI). Technological Educational Institutions (TEI) form part of the higher education system just as the universities, but belong to the non-university sector. There are also Military Academies. The diplomas awarded by certain private post-secondary education institutions are not recognized by the State.
University level first stage: Proptychiakes Spoudes (undergraduate level studies)
Undergraduate degree programs at universities normally last four years (eight semesters) and lead to a Ptychio (Bachelor) in the relevant field.
University level second stage: Metaptychiakes Spoudes (postgraduate studies)
The first level of postgraduate studies lasts a minimum of two years (four semesters) and leads to a Metaptychiako Díploma Exidíkefsis (Postgraduate Diploma of Specialization, equivalent to Master’s degree). This study program may be taken and completed in a University or research institute outside Greece. The degree, however, is awarded in Greece.
University level third stage: Didaktorikes Metaptychiakes Spoudes (doctoral studies)
The doctoral degree (Didaktoriko) is conferred after public defense of a thesis. The research must be original and show advances in research and science. A Master’s degree is required by most universities for attending doctoral studies. A doctoral thesis requires at least three years’ study from the time the student enrolled in the doctoral study course.