Ironically, The country Greece, may not strike as an education power house to many study abroad enthusiasts.
Country selection though is worth putting into considerations. International students who seek to study in Greece but know little about the structure of education are advised to read this piece of writing and perhaps visit the official webpage of the institute for further information as regards the choice of university.
University Education: In Greece, there are 22 Universities, including Polytechnic Schools,
the School of Fine Arts and the Hellenic Open University (EA¶/EAP).
Greek Tertiary Education is divided into Higher University Education and Higher
Higher University Education is provided by the Universities, the Polytechnic Schools,
the Higher Fine Arts institute and the Hellenic Open University.
Higher Technological Education is provided by the Higher Technological Educational
Institutes – TEI. Its role is to contribute to the country’s development and to the progress
of science, applied and technological research.In Greece, higher education can be pursued in universities and technological educational institutes.
Why Study in Greece?
Many fields of study are offered, and different types of programs are available such as Bachelor’s, Master’s, Graduate Diploma and vocational.
Greece as a study destination has range of courses offered in various higher learning institutions in its country. With high dominance in the fields of fine arts, theatre and philosophy, 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.
Admission to undergraduate courses and tuition are free so far, except for certain specific courses like MBAs.
Students are entitled to free medical care and a reduced fare on public transport. Those wishing to attend Greek language courses are expected to pay some fees, and foreign students may be required to make a financial contribution to cover the operating expenses of the study programme they are attending (the contribution is fixed by the state).
There are no tuition fees for undergraduate courses in Greece, other than for some Greek language courses.
A small fee may however be required by international non-EU students studying at Greek universities (this is not required by EU/EEA students).
The most common sources of funding for international students in Greece are:
IKY/State Scholarship Foundation
All government scholarships for study in Greece are administered through the State Scholarship Foundation. It consists of a single application for all students, who are then assessed in terms of their level and area of study, background, and financial need.
Scholarships are also available for certain groups, such as those from developing countries or those of Hellenic descent. Typical amounts are between 450 and 600 Euros per month.
Hellenic Scholarship Programme for Foreign Students from Developing Countries
€600 per month for students from developing countries, to cover meals and educational materials. It also includes €150 for “settling in”, €1,000 for travel expenses at the start and end of the course, and an exemption fee for Greek language courses. International students can apply for the scholarship via the Greek embassy in their home country.
Study and Work in Greece
International students must take note of the fact that Unemployment in Greece is relatively high, especially the unemployment rate among the
young people. To find a work it is necessary to use all resources available
(acquaintances, family, press, information centres, professional associations etc.) as
well as the EURES network, and a good measure of imagination and creativity.