Study on Low Tuition in Greece: Application Process and Cost of Living

Would you like to study on low tuition in Greece, the country which gave birth to academia (or, in Ancient Greek, Akadēmía)? This Mediterranean country is widely renowned as the intellectual wellspring to which our current culture owes its linguistic, philosophical, cultural, legal, social and ethical beliefs and ideals. Present day concepts of individualism, freedom, democracy and government were birthed in the minds of great thinkers of Ancient Greece, whose ideas are widely read and debated today. Would you like to follow in the footsteps of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus and so many other great questioners and innovators – while eating some delicious Greek cuisine, and enjoying the sunny weather and lively cities? Then keep reading. 

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How to Apply to study in Greece

Inorder to apply to study in Greece at undergraduate level, you are expected to submit your application through the Hellenic Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs during the month of July. Make sure to read the official admission guidelines here (English from page 12). You are expected to get all your documents translated into Greek and officially approved by the Hellenic Ministry and the nearest Greek embassy as well. If you want to study at postgraduate level, do well to send the necessary documents directly to the institution you have selected . Although Greece is not a member of the Lisbon convention (which seeks to guarantee students’ qualifications will be recognized across Europe), you can still apply to universities in Greece using a certificate that shows you have successfully completed secondary education in your home country. You may also have to provide proof of proficiency in Greek or another language, depending on the language in which your program will be delivered. Some courses may have additional requirements, depending on the field of study and the institution.

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Visas to study in Greece

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Many applicants from the European Union will be happy to hear that they do not require a visa to study on low tuition in Greece. However, if you hail from a non-EU country, you will be required to obtain a student visa (type D) from the nearest Greek embassy or consulate. In. Order to do so, you need an official acceptance letter from your university in Greece, which has to be an institution certified by the Greek Ministry of Education. Please do well to contact the Greek Embassy in your country, or consult the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, for a comprehensive list of the documents required for a student visa and information on how to submit your application. Afterwards, you will need to attend an interview inorder to gain your visa.

All students when admitted, whether from EU or non-EU countries, will be expected to prove they have health insurance, sufficient cash to support themselves during their expected stay, and a valid passport.

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Fees and funding

Generally, universities in Greece do not charge tuition fees to domestic students who study at undergraduate level. Since Greece is a member state of the European Union, this also applies to all students from EU/EEA countries, at all public universities and colleges. A few master’s programs do charge fees, and students from non-EU/EEA countries should expect to pay tuition fees at bachelor’s level. These fees vary depending on the institution, but are roughly  €1,500 (~US$1,680) per year, often including course textbooks.

Students will also be delighted to know that living expenses in Greece are some of the lowest in Europe (although unfortunately this is due to the country’s recent economic difficulties). As would be expected, it is much more expensive to live in a big city, but overall you would only need around US$8,400 per year.

List of Universities

National Technical University of Athens

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

University of Crete

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