Greek Higher Education consists of the sector of Universities – which includes 24 State Universities. The credits of these 24 state-accredited institutions are accumulative and transferable within the framework of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). Programs in engineering, dentistry, pharmacology, agronomics, forestry, along with some programs in fine arts have a duration of 5 years (240 ECTS – 300 ECTS). Studies in medicine have a duration of 6 years.
Private colleges in Greece do not operate as independent universities. However, private colleges in Greece collaborate with leading international universities from the US, UK or countries of the EU to offer accredited undergraduate and postgraduate study programs. Hence, these programs lead to degrees which are awarded directly by those foreign universities. The monitoring of those agreements as well as of the additional provisions for the operation of colleges is carried out by the Greek Ministry of Education. According to the Greek law – EC Directive 2005/36 on the mutual recognition of qualifications, holders of academic degrees by universities in the EU including those obtained through studies at a college in Greece, have their professional rights fully recognized.