Offering an ideal setting and a high-level university system, Greece is attracting more and more foreign students. Studies in Greece offer a zoom on the main reasons for this growing attraction.
Greece, the cradle of Western civilization
Because it benefits from an exceptional academic tradition, Greece is one of the most popular destinations for foreign students.
In the 5th and 4th centuries BC, Greece faced its first intellectual revolution. Thanks to playwrights such as Sophocles and Euripides, or philosophers such as Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato, many currents of thought arose in ancient Greece. Thales and Pythagoras, the famous Greek mathematician, influenced science to such an extent that 2,500 years later, they still studied extensively in school.
Beyond philosophy and mathematics, ancient Greece is known as the cradle of contemporary democracy. So, following all or part of your study in Greece, for example, is a great way to better understand the history of European construction to this day.
In addition, there are exceptional cultural sites to visit, which has made Greece a truly open-air museum. As evidence, 16 sites scattered throughout Greece have been listed as UNESCO Heritage Sites, including:
- The Acropolis of Athens
- The temple of Poseidon in Saunion
- Archaeological sites in Olympia and Delphi
- Curfew is the old town
- Temple of Apollo Epicorius in Basai
Strongly affected by the subprime crisis, Greece has been in a recession for years since 2011. However, large investment efforts have contributed to its impact. It is now equipped with recognized research centers in various fields. These include archeology, medicine, biology and computer science.
Athens, for example, hosts the largest research center in the country: Democritos. About 1,000 talented scientists and researchers work at the forefront of innovations such as nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and nuclear physics.
An exceptional environment for study
Do you want to study abroad in a place where life is beautiful? Greece is a wise choice for both the change of scenery and the cost of living.
Greece enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate. Winters are mild (average 10 ° C in December) and summers are hot and dry (average 30 ° C in July-August). Moreover, except for the months of December and January when the rainy days may follow each other, Greece enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year. What a blissful study to avoid the blows of the blues!
In addition to its extremely favorable climate, Greece offers a panorama of very unique landscapes. Occupying two-thirds of the territory by mountains, it is the sixth most mountainous country in Europe.
Can’t choose between the sea and the mountains? Be aware that the distance that will separate you from the coast will be a maximum of 100 kilometers, regardless of the location of your place of study. Bounded by heavenly beaches from west to east, Greece offers its students a breathtaking lifestyle.
Also, unlike some reputed academic destinations, tuition fees are lower. 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 live in central Athens, you need to plan a monthly budget of 250 to 350 euros for a studio and a monthly budget of 400 to 500 euros for a 50 m² apartment with one bedroom.
Internationally open university courses
University courses offered by Greek educational institutions, formerly within national borders, have a truly international impact today.
As evidence, more than 140 elementary training courses are offered in English in about 24 universities and 50 student towns across the region. These courses cover all areas of study, from computer science, finance and biology to archeology to medicine.
The University of Athens, one of the best in the country, is a pioneer, as it has forged nearly 900 partnerships with foreign educational institutions in more than 62 countries.
Together with the Hellenic Ministry of Education, Greek universities are working hard to attract more foreign students. By 2024, 60 English-speaking university courses will be added to this already well-stocked academic panorama.
This relentless pursuit of internationalization has given birth to a new partnership between Greek and British universities. The main purpose? Develop university programs jointly to promote:
- Equality system between the two states;
- Student exchange;
- Cosmic environment on the benches of Greek universities.
Other partnerships have also emerged with European, Chinese and American universities, always aiming to give the training course an international dimension.
A popular university destination for foreign students
You see, Greece is not just 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? See the Study in Greece site, a government agency that focuses on all practical information for foreign students.