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Universities in Greece

American College of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, Greece
The American College of Thessaloniki is part of Anatolia College - a private, non-profit, educational institution based in Thessaloniki, Greece. Anatolia College is known to be one of the most prestigious schools in the country. It has earned this reputation thanks to the students’ achievement and its historical background. The American College at Thessaloniki (ACT) offers a four-year Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Other opportunities provided by the school include International Relations, English... See full description.

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, Greece
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is an institution of higher education in Greece. It is the biggest university in Greece and on the Balkans, too. The University Campus spreads over 23 hectares close to the centre of Thessaloniki. It is organized into 7 Faculties and 33 Schools. Areas of study are quite diverse – Agriculture, Dentistry, Education, Fine Arts, Forestry, Sciences, Medicine, and more. The language of instruction is Greek, although there are programs in foreign languages and courses for international students, which are carried out in English, French, German, and... See full description.

City Unity College

Athens, Greece
City Unity College is one of the most modern and fast developing institutions in Athens, Greece. The school was founded in 1999 as an official branch of City University of Seattle, which is a US accredited institution of higher education with more than 25 branches operating worldwide. City Unity College in Athens has organized its activities into three campuses and one residence hall. It offers a great variety of learning opportunities in the areas of Business Administration, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Technology, Psychology, Education, Maritime, Sport Sciences, Graphic Arts and... See full description.

Deree – The American College of Greece

Aghia Paraskevi, Greece
The American college of Greece was founded in 1875 as a private institute, comprising of three departments: PIERCE (Secondary education centre), DEREE (Higher education centre) and ALBA (Graduate Business School) at ACC. ACC divides into two main campuses: Aghia Paraskevi (suburbs of Athens) & Athens. The DEREE College has two academic units: School of Arts & Science and School of Business Administration. DEREE College runs a unique Libra group program, which selects deserving candidates for study abroad purposes in U.S or Europe and then provides internship opportunities at Libra Group... See full description.

Hellenic International Studies in the Arts

Paros, Greece
Hellenic International Studies in the Arts (HISA) is a fine and visual arts university located in Paros, Greece. The school specializes mainly in all aspects of fine arts, offering highly reputable education to students using state-of-the-art teaching facilities and equipment and offering one of the best types of hostel accommodation available today via its fully fitted rooms with single beds and balconies located not far from the seaside. Its location on the historic and beautiful landscape of Paros is another good reason to consider studying here. There is a Fine Arts Triangle program... See full description.

The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT)

Thessaloniki, Greece
The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) in Greece is the post-secondary division of Anatolia College, an institution with a long and prestigious history that dates back to 1886. ACT is a non-profit educational institution and is accredited by NEASC, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. NEASC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Commission on Higher Education Accreditation. ACT also holds European Union program validation and has been granted a license by the Greek government to operate... See full description.

Universities in Greece by City:

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About universities in Greece

Higher education in Greece is centrally governed and funded. Higher education colleges in Greece can be broadly categorized into two sectors:

•    University Sector comprising Universities, Polytechnics, Schools of Fine Arts and the Open University
•    Technological Sector comprising Technological Educational Institutions/TEIs and the School of Pedagogic and Technological Education

Vocational training is imparted at State Non-University Tertiary Institutes such as the Higher Ecclesiastical School or the Merchant Marine Academies. Faculties in universities and Technological Education Institutions are divided into five broad disciplines namely, Humanities, Law & Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Health Sciences, Technological Sciences, and Sciences of Economy & Administration.

The higher education colleges in Greece have followed a two tiered system, similar to the Bologna system, since 1982. A typical academic year lasts from Sept 1 to Aug 31 and is divided into two semesters, each at least 15 weeks long, including two weeks of exams. Higher education in Greece is structured in three cycles, the first  covering a Bachelor’s degree equivalent (Ptychio), the second covering a Master’s degree equivalent (Metaptychiako Diploma Eidikefsis) and the third covering a Doctoral degree equivalent (Didaktoriko Diploma).

First Cycle/ Bachelor’s Degree in Greece

The first cycle typically lasts four years or eight semesters. However, they can also be five years long at polytechnics and certain departments, such as applied sciences departments (agronomy, forestry, dentistry, veterinary medicine and pharmaceutics) and those offering musical studies and Ekistics. Undergraduate courses at Medical colleges in Greece take six years for completion.

Admission to higher education universities in Greece requires candidates to successfully pass a national examination. This exam is centrally organized by the Education Ministry. Selection to a college depends on performance in the upper secondary school, score in the national exam and availability of seats. Furthermore, faculties and departments requiring specialized skills and knowledge conduct special exams (such as architecture, photography and music studies) or preparatory tests (such as health and sports) for military or police academies. Technological education institutions admit students who have successfully completed their upper secondary education from either a general lyceum, or technical vocational educational schools, and have also passed the relevant admission exams, determined by their choice of vocation.

Second Cycle/ Master’s Degree in Greece

The second cycle pertains to postgraduate studies and conferment of master’s degrees (MA or MSc). Postgraduate programs typically last one to two years and can have two, three or four semesters. Candidates successfully completing the first cycle become eligible for a master’s degree.

Third Cycle/ Doctorate Degree in Greece

Successful Master’s’s degree students can apply for further pursuing a doctoral degree. Completion of the third cycle results in a doctorate degree (Didaktoriko Diploma).

With the state funding higher education in Greece, students get significant financial support, with tuition and most other costs being waived off often. However, in recent times, universities besides the Hellenic University are being asked to charge students for operational expenses. There are various scholarship schemes available to undergraduate students. These are granted based on academic performance. Financial support is also made available to students pursuing master’s degrees in Greece or to those who are engaged in research.