Cost of Living and Studying in Greece
Greece uses the Euro (€) as its currency.
Your tuition fees will depend on where you are from and where you choose to study. If you choose to study at a public university, you will pay less than at a private university. If you are from an EU country then you will not pay tuition fees at all public universities and colleges. The same applies for students who are from EEA countries. If you are from any other country then you will be required to pay tuition fees. The fees will vary depending on where you choose to study and at what level. On average, you should expect to pay between €3,000 and €15,000 per year.
Living costs in Greece are also affordable. How much you pay will depend on where you choose to live, as bigger cities will cost more than smaller cities and towns. On average, you should budget for between €500 and €1,000 per month. Another cost that international students need to consider is health insurance. If you are an EHIC card holder, you will be able to access the same healthcare as Greek citizens for the same price, which is usually free. If you are not an EHIC card holder, you will need to have a health insurance policy that is valid for the duration of your studies in Greece. Health insurance will cost between €200 and €600 per year.
Greek Student Visas
Depending on where you are from, you may need a visa to study in Greece. Students from an EU country will not need to obtain a visa. If you are from any other country, you will need a visa in order to study in Greece. This can be done at the Greek embassy or consulate in your home country. There are certain documents that you will need to provide when processing the application. Most institutions will help you with the visa application and requirements.
The official and national language of Greece is Greek.
There are an increasing amount of degree programmes being offered in the English language, mainly at postgraduate level. At undergraduate level, Greek is the normal teaching language. If you choose to study in a non-native language, you will likely have to provide evidence of your proficiency. If you do not meet the required standards, it is common for institutions to offer language courses to help you improve.
Even if you are able to study in English, you should make an effort to learn as much Greek language as you can. Communicating with the locals and other students is the perfect way to practice. This is a skill that will look great on your CV/resume!
The capital and largest city in Greece, Athens is home to over 660,000 people. Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities, and dates back over 3,400 years. The city is the economic, financial, political and cultural centre of Greece. There are many tourist attractions in the city of Athens, including the Acropolis of Athens.
Located in the city you will find several higher education institutions. These include the Athens University of Economics and Business, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, as well as international campuses of universities from around the world.