Offering an idyllic setting and a high-level university system, Greece is attracting more and more foreign students. Study in Greece offers a zoom on the main reasons for this growing attractiveness.
Greece, the cradle of Western civilization
Because it benefits from an exceptional academic heritage, Greece is one of the popular destinations for foreign students.
In the 5th and 4th centuries BC, Greece experienced a first-rate intellectual revolution. Thanks to playwrights like Sophocles and Euripides or philosophers like Aristotle, Socrates and Plato, many currents of thought emerged in Ancient Greece. Thales and Pythagoras, famous Greek mathematicians, had such an impact on science that they are, 2,500 years later, still widely studied in school.
Beyond philosophy and mathematics, ancient Greece is reputed to be the cradle of contemporary democracy. Thus, following all or part of your studies in Greece is, for example, an excellent way to better understand the history of the construction of Europe until today.
Moreover, there is a profusion of exceptional cultural sites to visit, making Greece a veritable open-air museum. As proof, 16 places, scattered throughout Greece, are listed as UNESCO heritage sites, including:
- The Acropolis of Athens
- The Temple of Poseidon in Sounion
- The archaeological sites of Olympia and Delphi
- Corfu old town
- The temple of Apollo Epikourios, in Bassae
Strongly impacted by the subprime crisis, Greece experienced years of economic recession from 2011. However, major investment efforts have contributed to its influence. It is now equipped with recognized research centers in a wide variety of fields. These include archaeology, medicine, biology and computer science.
For example, Athens hosts the largest research center in the country: Demokritos. Nearly 1,000 talented scientists and researchers work there in fields at the forefront of innovation, such as nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and nuclear physics.
An exceptional environment to study
Do you want to study abroad in a place where life is good? Greece is a wise choice, both for the change of scenery and for the cost of living.
Greece enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate. The winters are mild (10°C on average in December) and the summers hot and dry (30°C on average in July-August). Moreover, apart from the months of December and January when rainy days can follow one another, Greece enjoys 300 days of sunshine per year. What to avoid the blows of blues to study in all serenity!
In addition to its extremely favorable climate, Greece offers a panorama of very distinct landscapes. With two thirds of the territory occupied by mountains, it is the sixth most mountainous country in Europe.
Can’t choose between sea and mountain? Know that regardless of the location of your place of study, the distance that will separate you from the coast will be 100 kilometers at most. Bordered by heavenly beaches from west to east via the south, Greece offers its students a breathtaking living environment.
Also, unlike some reputable academic destinations, tuition fees are low. Studying at a public university costs between 2,000 and 12,000 euros per year.
Overall, the cost of living in Greece is 15% lower than in France. For example, to stay in the heart of Athens, it will be necessary to plan a monthly budget of between 250 and 350 euros for a studio, and 400 to 500 euros for a 50 m² apartment with one bedroom.
Internationally open university courses
Formerly entrenched within the national borders, the university courses offered by the Greek educational institutes today have a real international influence.
As proof, throughout the territory, more than 140 initial training courses are provided in English in nearly 24 universities and 50 student cities. These courses cover all fields of study, from archeology to medicine, including computer science, finance and biology.
The University of Athens, one of the best in the country, is a pioneer, since it has developed nearly 900 partnerships with foreign academic institutions in more than 62 countries.
Together with the Hellenic Ministry of Education, Greek universities are making great efforts to attract more and more foreign students. By 2024, 60 English-speaking university courses will be added to this already well-stocked academic panorama.
This constant effort of internationalization has given rise to a new partnership between Greek and British universities. The principal objective ? Jointly develop university programs to promote:
- the systems of equivalence between the two States;
- student exchanges;
- the cosmopolitan atmosphere on the benches of the Greek universities.
Other partnerships with European, Chinese and American universities have also emerged, always with the aim of giving an international dimension to the training courses.
A university destination popular with foreign students
You will have understood: Greece is not only a tourist destination. Thanks to a strong political will, Greek universities are looking internationally and offering high-level training courses taught in English.
Want to know more ? Take a look at the Study in Greece site, a government organization that centralizes all practical information for foreign students.