“Study in Greece" (SiG) is the official portal of Greece (or Hellas), having as its core mission:

 

  •  the promotion and support of educational opportunities and activities in Greece for international students,
  •  the provision of information for studying and living in Greece
  •  the development, support and implementation of educational programs and activities, acting as a cultural and educational bridge between Greece and other countries.

 

The SiG team consists of people from the academic area, mainly faculty members and university students, both postgraduates and PhDs.

Study in Greece is under the auspices of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs (http://www.mfa.gr), of Tourism (http://www.mintour.gov.gr/en/) and Education, Research and Religious Affairs (http://www.minedu.gov.gr) and is the official source of information for studies in Greece. These Ministries, as well as the Greek Embassies and Diplomatic Authorities of Greece abroad, host a link to the Study in Greece portal on the homepage of their web sites.

The action is highly appreciated by the academic community, with which has established a fruitful collaboration. It has also received a number of awards and has participated in publicity actions, including presentations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, as well as TV, radio and newspapers references and presentations. It has a significant presence in social media, with a fast growing number of visitors. A growing network of domestic and international representatives is also being developed. Study in Greece, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, has developed the web portal http://masters.minedu.gov.gr/, the official platform that provides information of the postgraduate programs of the Greek Universities.

Our incentives

Our international students expressed and described the difficulties they faced during all stages of applying, registrering and settling in Greece. This provided the motivation to form the "studyingreece" group and start working on the gathering and the provision of infromation to international students, showing that Greece is a very friendly and a very safe destination. The iniative has gained very high popularity among potential and existing international students, a fact that is supported by the large number of questions and "likes" we have through our presence in the social networks.

Our vision
  • Contribute to the international spread of the Greek culture.
  • Support in making Greece a favorite destination for higher studies among international students.
  • Extend the provided information and support to include refugees and people seeking international protection.
  • Create a European and International network of higher education institutions to support student mobility.
  • Develop and implement various educational activities such as summer / winter schools, summits, workshops and other templates of study abroad programs, in collaboration with international partners.
The situation

Potential international students, face a number of important problems, such as:

  • There is little, or no, knowledge about Greece, the Greek Universities and the advantages of studying here (e.g. no fees, free books for the undergraduates, opportunity for free accommodation, etc.)
  • The choice of the country, the department, and the city of studies are often chosen by chance, since there is not adequate information at the countries of origin.
  • They don’t know the Greek language.
  • They don’t usually ensure accommodation, even for the first days, prior to their departure.
  • They have no knowledge for living in Greece, the costs of living, the culture, and other important similar issues.
  • They face practical and every day’s living problems, such as registration to the University Department, public transportation, health care, Visa issue, etc.

Our University international students pointed out the lack of information and support and we decided to take an initiative and develop a project in order to:

  • Provide information about studying and living in Greece
  • Help decisions for the most suitable department
  • Provide practical advice for the international students, both new and existing, to enjoy their studying time in Greece.
  • Answer the questions students and their parents have, regarding studying and living abroad.
What can Study in Greece offer

Study in Greece has developed collaborations with many Greek universities and colleges and has signed a number of MoUs, aiming to develop and implement various educational activities such as summer / winter schools, summits, workshops and other templates of study abroad programs. An indicative, not exhaustive, list of the services Study in Greece can provide include:

  • Promotion of the activities of the Greek educational institutes, such as winter and summer schools, conferences, woskshops, etc., as well as the activities of international universities in terms of study abroad programs in Greece, thus acting as a point of reference for this kind of information.
  • Offering consultation during the planning process of the programs (helping with the itinerary, venues, lodging and transportation solutions, permissions related to museums, archaeological sites, etc.) and make the appropriate arrangements
  • Creating contacts with Greek academics and educational organizations -always based on the program design and goals- (invite academics to teach courses, offer masterclasses, workshops, guest lectures, etc.).
  • Working with Program Directors and Faculty to evaluate the programs and propose improvements in future cycles.
  • Working with stakeholders to develop innovative program components that will connect the goals and the curricula of the Programs with the modern culture, socio-economic situation, and every-day life in Greece.
  • Developing side events that will support the outreach of the program in the local/Greek community (e.g. every program should have an open event or offer a workshop to students etc.).
  • Designing community service related activities.
  • Adding and promoting the programs through the SiG and additional portals
  • Providing support services for students such as pre-departure material, arrival meet-and-assist services, obtaining Greek telephone numbers, access to money, assistance to find accommodation, physiologic assistance, nutrition advices, etc.

Organization, teaching and hosting can be based on the already existing collaborations between universities and academics from the Greek Universities and other educational institutions and will be fully supported by SIG’s team members, associates and their experience.

The success of these programs can be further strengthened with the participation of Greek undergraduate or graduate students, who will provide a faster cultural immersion and a better overall experience to the foreign participants, acting as constant contacts with the people, landscapes, monuments, history, and every-day life of Greece.

  • Christos Michalakelis
    (Co-Founder)
    Project Manager

     

    Assistant Professor
    Harokopio University of Athens
    Department of Informatics & Telematics

    Contact

    Email: michalak@studyingreece.edu.gr

  • Nikos Alamanos
    (Co-Founder)
    Application Developer Manager

     

    MSc, Informatics & Telematics,
    Harokopio University of Athens

  • Georgios Chatzithanasis
    (Co-Founder)
    Public Relations Manager

     

    PhD Candidate, Informatics & Telematics, Harokopio University of Athens

  • Stelina Liberopoulou
    (Co-Founder)
    Web Developer & Art Director

     

    MSc, Informatics & Telematics,
    Harokopio University of Athens

  • Aras Hemati</br> Refugees Content Manager

    Aras Hemati
    Refugees Content Manager

    MSc Student, Informatics & Telematics,
    Harokopio University of Athens

  • Evi Kogia
    Mobile Developer & Sponsorships and Donations

    MSc, Informatics & Telematics,
    Harokopio University of Athens

  • Nikos Kokinis</br> Refugees Content Developer

    Nikos Kokinis
    Refugees Content Developer

     

    BSc, Informatics & Telematics,
    Harokopio University of Athens

  • James Konstantinidis</br>Digital Media Supervisor

    James Konstantinidis
    Digital Media Supervisor

     

    National Diploma in Performing Arts, South Downs College, UK
    Production & Director Assistant

  • Alexandros Liberopoulos
    Application Developer

     

    BSc Student, Informatics & Telematics,
    Harokopio University of Athens

  • Persefoni Mitropoulou</br>Content Producer

    Persefoni Mitropoulou
    Content Producer

     

    PhD Candidate, Informatics & Telematics,
    Harokopio University of Athens

  • Katerina Vasiliou
    Legal Counsel & Social Media Editor

     

    BSc Student, Law School,
    National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

  • Ilias Vlachos
    Application Developer

    BSc, Informatics & Telematics,
    Harokopio University of Athens

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