Citizens of the European Union are not required to obtain a visa to study in Greece. Other foreigners must obtain a student visa, which will often require an official acceptance letter from a university of educational institution, proof of health insurance covering the entire duration of study and proof of sufficient funds to cover tuition fees and living costs.
The official language of the country is Greek, and the most widely spoken foreign language is English. Depending on the courses to be taken, programs may be conducted in English or Greek. For example, the medium of instruction for most MBA programs is English. Some universities offer a Greek language course to be taken with the degree program or before it to help foreign students should they be required proficiency to pursue their studies.
The Greek capital is home to around 3.7 million residents as well as the Acropolis, an ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. With this, it is considered a hub for archaeological research. Located in the country’s Attica region, it is also recognized as the country’s hub for trade, commerce, education and tourism.
Educational institutions in the city include the Athens School of Fine Arts, National Technical University of Athens, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens University of Economics and Business, University of Piraeus and Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences.
Found 520 km north of Athens is the country’s second largest city, Thessaloniki. The city is often featured among top tourist destinations in the world for its Byzantine landmarks, vibrant city culture and access to the Thermaic Gulf. Ano Poli or Old Town can be found north of the city center. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and here visitors can witness the most traditional part of the city.
Considered a major educational center, Thessaloniki is home to the country’s largest university by number of students, Aristotle University, which has previously ranked in the Top 150 Universities in the World for Arts and Humanities as well as the Top 100 European Universities. Other institutions that can be found in the city are University of Macedonia and the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki.
Heraklion is another of the largest cities in Greece. It is located on the island of Crete, which is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean. Tourists flock to the island and the city for its historic landmarks, such as the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the Venetian Walls, and coastline. The city houses the University of Crete and the Technological Educational Institute of Crete.