Study In Greece - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Greece as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Greece as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Greece

Why study in Greece

Cost of studying in Greece

Universities in Greece for international students

Cost of living in Greece for international students

How to get a visa to study in Greece

How to apply and study in Greece

Tuition fees to study in Greece

Applying to study in Greece


To apply to study in Greece at undergraduate level, you need to submit your application through the Hellenic Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs. If you wish to study at postgraduate level, you can send the necessary documentation directly to the institution you have chosen. Although Greece is not a part of the Lisbon convention (which seeks to guarantee students’ qualifications will be recognized across Europe), it’s still possible to apply to universities in Greece using a certificate showing successful completion of secondary education in your home country. You may also need to provide proof of proficiency in Greek or another language, depending on the language in which your course will be taught. Some programs may have additional requirements, depending on the field of study and the institution.


Applying to universities in Greece


Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Tuition Fees and cost of studying in Greece for international students.


The cost of studying in Greece actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Greece have different tuition fees.


Universities education in Greece is free for all Greek citizens and other EU nationals. Although students will be required a minimal registration fee for the student body activities,but this is not applied to other non EU international students.

 So students from non-EU countries will have to pay tuition fees of about US$1,680 per year at undergraduate level,the fee also includes books and other academic materials although some masters courses in Greece are tuition free for some international students. You have to contact your university of choice for more information about that.

You need about US$8,080 a year or US$700 a month to cover all your living expenses in Greece but this actually depends on your lifestyle or spending habits.


Cost of living in Greece according to expatistan




            Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district  €14

            Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar)   €7

            500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast           €4.31

            1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk   €1.22

            12 eggs, large   €4.03

            1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €1.41

            500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese  €5.47

            1 kg (2 lb.) of apples    €1.48

            1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €0.82

            0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket  €1.21

            1 bottle of red table wine, good quality  €8

            2 liters of Coca-Cola    €2.09

            Bread for 2 people for 1 day     €0.65


            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area        €635

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area            €450

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat     €135

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area        €453

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area            €305

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio      €83

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)        €19

            40” flat screen TV        €389

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)            €110

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)         €8

            Hourly rate for cleaning help      €6


            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)     €72

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)  €33

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)         €85

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes   €99


            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new  €24,356

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas           €1.46

            Monthly ticket public transport  €30

Personal Care  

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)      €2.80

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)  €6

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)          €39

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €3.88

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)      €4.21

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.90

            4 rolls of toilet paper     €2.00

            Tube of toothpaste        €2.67

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city  €12



Visa to study in Greece

To study in Greece as an international student, you will require a visa. Below are the requirements and process of getting a Greece visa.


What documents will be required?

Applications in person only:

A valid passport (The passport must be valid for a period of at least three (3) months).

In order for a student to enter Greece with a student visa, he/she needs to present a letter from the University (certified by the Greek Government) to the nearest Greek Embassy/ Consulate.

           A “health certificate”. This should be an official certificate from a health institution declaring that the student does not carry any transmitted (contagious) diseases.

           An official certificate that the applicant has no criminal record.

           4 color passport size pictures

           Passport photocopy

           The attached declaration form signed by the student.

           The attached parental/tutor declaration form signed by the parent.

A completed and signed application form.

With these documents, the University will be able to obtain Greek government certification of your acceptance letter to the University. In continuation the letter will be mailed to you.

With the certified student letter you can apply to the nearest Greek Consulate for a student visa stamped in your passport.

Once you’re in Greece it is extremely important for you to declare your money at your place of entry by filling out a financial declaration form. Please keep the original copy of this form as it will be requested for the process of obtaining a student residence permit in Greece. Also, check with the Admissions Office for further information as how to go about filing for a residence permit.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The University cannot accept legal responsibility for your residency as a student in Greece.

Additional documents required depending on the purpose of visit

Business trips

           An original invitation from a firm or an authority to attend meetings, conferences or events with regards to trade, industry or work.

           Entry tickets for fairs and congresses (also contracts, payments of invoices etc).

           Documents proving the applicant's employment status in the company (Contract, proof of social security contributions, pay slips, etc).

Journeys undertaken for the purposes of study or other types of trainingA certificate of enrolment at an educational establishment for the purposes of attending vocational or theoretical courses in the framework of basic and graduate or postgraduate training; or an invitation from the host educational establishment.

Time required to issue a visa

Visas will be normally issued in a couple of days; you are required to pick up your travel documents on the date stamped on your collection slip. However, for specific nationalities a consultation with the central authorities of the member states is required. Therefore, the waiting period will be longer (approximately 15 days). When additional documentation is believed necessary, the waiting period may as well be extended. You should also take into consideration that the issuance of visas for applications received by post require more time.

Reapplying for a visa

You are free to reapply at any time if your application has been refused earlier. There is no time gap to be observed after a Refusal to make a fresh application. However, it is recommended that you note the reasons for the earlier Refusal before submitting a new application and make amendments where applicable.

How long is the visa valid for?

Varies depending on type.

Other information:

Working in Greece requires a separate visa.

Travelers visiting just one Schengen country should apply to the Consulate of that country; travelers visiting more than one Schengen country should apply to the Consulate of the country chosen as the main destination or the country they will enter first (if they have no main destination).

Important note: Persons arriving in and departing from Greece on a charter flight risk having the return portion of their ticket invalidated by the authorities if, at any time during their stay, they leave Greece and remain overnight or longer in another country.


List and ranking of all the universities in Greece


This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Greece. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Greece and their ranking



Rank    University         Location

1          Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki ...

2          National and Kapodistrian University of Athens


3          National Technical University of Athens


4          University of Patras


5          University of Crete

Rethymno ...

6          University of the Aegean

Mytilene ...

7          Athens University of Economics and Business


8          Democritus University of Thrace

Xanthi ...

9          University of Ioannina


10        University of Thessaly


11        University of Macedonia

Thessaloniki ...

12        University of Piraeus


13        Technological Education Institute of Athens


14        Technical University of Crete

Chania ...

15        Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki


16        Panteion University


17        Agricultural University of Athens


18        Technological Educational Institute of Crete


19        Technological Education Institute of Larissa

Larissa ...

20        Technological Education Institute of Piraeus


21        Harokopio University


22        Ionian University


23        The American College of Greece


24        Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece


25        University of Peloponnese


26        Athens School of Fine Arts


27        ALBA Graduate Business School


28        Technological Education Institute of Kavala

Kavala ...

29        University of Western Macedonia


30        Technological Education Institute of Epiros


31        Technological Education Institute of Lamia

Lamia ...

32        International Hellenic University


33        Technological Education Institute of Central Macedonia


35        Technological Education Institute of Ionian Islands


36        The American College of Thessaloniki


37        Technological Education Institute of Chalkida


38        Technological Education Institute of Western Macedonia


39        Technological Education Institute of Kalamata

Kalamata ...

40        Hellenic Naval Academy




Courses you can study at universities in Greece


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


Items to pack while going to study in Greece


In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card


           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes


           Hand sanitizer


           Health insurance card


           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer


           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





           Bobby pins


           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties



           Nail clipper




           Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)


           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive



           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable


           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine



           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


           Language dictionary


           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in Greece or any other study abroad destination


1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.


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