Offering an idyllic setting and a top-notch university system, Greece increasingly attracts foreign students. Studying in Greece offers a zoom in on the main reasons for this growing attractiveness.
Greece, the cradle of western civilization
Benefiting from an exceptional academic heritage, Greece is one of the popular destinations for international students.
In the 5th and 4th centuries BC, Greece experienced a first-class 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, 2,500 years later, they are still widely studied in school.
In addition to philosophy and mathematics, ancient Greece is reputed to be the birthplace 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.
Plus, there are plenty of exceptional cultural sites to visit, making Greece a true open-air museum. As proof, 16 places, spread across 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
Heavily impacted by the subprime crisis, Greece experienced years of economic recession starting in 2011. However, large investment efforts contributed to its influence. It is now equipped with recognized research centers in a wide variety of fields. These include archeology, medicine, biology and computer science.
For example, Athens is home to the country’s largest research center: Demokritos. Nearly 1,000 talented scientists and researchers work there in cutting-edge areas 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 the cost of living.
Greece enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate. Winters are mild (10°C on average in December) and summers are hot and dry (30°C on average in July-August). Furthermore, apart from the months of December and January, when rainy days can follow one another, Greece enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year. What to avoid blues scams to study with all serenity!
In addition to its extremely favorable climate, Greece offers a panorama of very different landscapes. With two thirds of its 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 a maximum of 100 kilometers. Surrounded by idyllic beaches from west to east through to 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, you will need to plan a monthly budget of between 250 and 350 euros for a studio and 400 to 500 euros for a 50 m² one-bedroom apartment.
Internationally open university courses
Once entrenched within national borders, university courses offered by Greek educational institutions today have a truly international influence.
As proof, throughout the territory, more than 140 initial training courses in English are offered in around 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, having developed around 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 language university courses will be added to this already well-stocked academic landscape.
This constant effort towards internationalization has given rise to a new partnership between Greek and British universities. The main objective? Jointly develop university programs to promote:
- the systems of equivalence between the two States;
- student exchange;
- the cosmopolitan atmosphere on the benches of Greek universities.
Other partnerships with European, Chinese and American universities also emerged, always with the aim of giving an international dimension to training courses.
A popular university destination with international students
You will have understood: Greece is not just a tourist destination. Thanks to a strong political will, Greek universities are internationally looking for and offering top-notch training courses taught in English.
Want to know more ? Take a look at the Study in Greece website, a government organization that centralizes all practical information for international students.