Higher education in Greece consists of two sectors: the University Sector, which includes Universities and the Technological Sector, which includes Higher Technological Education Institutions (TEI). Currently there are 24 Universities and 16 TEIs, all of which are considered accredited by Greek state. All the Higher Tertiary state-accredited universities and TEIs in Greece are public. The duration of the undergraduate degree programs for most disciplines is 4 years but there are programs in engineering, dentistry, pharmacology, agronomics, forestry, and fine arts, with a duration of 5 years and medicine with a duration of 6 years. These credits are accumulative and transferable under the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

Apart from the higher education institutes, a number of private institutions, known as Colleges, operate in Greece as well. However, the current Constitution of Greece prohibits private institutions for post-secondary education, from operating as independent universities. Colleges overcome this constraint by establishing collaboration with foreign universities to offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. According to the current legislation, as derived by the incorporation of EC Directive 2005/36, holders of academic degrees by universities in the European Union, including those obtained through studies at a college in Greece, have their professional rights fully recognized.


  • University Sector
  • Technological Sector

The University Sector aims at establishing, producing and developing science and technology, achieving country's future scientists’ high level, comprehensive, theoretical and applied training while promoting and developing scientific research. The University (Panepistimio) gives emphasis to high quality education according to the demands of science, technology and arts taking into account the international scientific practice and the corresponding professional fields. The Universities award certificates in the following fields:

  • Humanities, law and social sciences including theoretical faculties such as literature, law, sociology, art schools etc,
  • Science, including faculties of mathematics, physics, chemistry etc,
  • Health Science, including medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutics etc,
  • Technology, including architecture, polytechnic schools etc,
  • Economics and Administration, including economic, financial schools etc,

The University sector offers a variety of topics to study, such as:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Business (Economics, Management)
  • Classical history
  • Communication (Mass Media)
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Foreign Languages (Turkish, Modern Asian etc.)
  • Greek (Literature, etc)
  • Health Sciences (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy)
  • Law
  • Music and arts
  • Philosophy
  • Political Sciences (Public Administration)
  • Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics)
  • Social sciences (sociology, psychology, etc)
  • Sport Sciences
  • Theology and Religion

Technological Sector aims at developing the scientific and technological research and at providing programs of more applied character. The Technological Educational Institute (TEI) (Technologiko Ekpaideftiko Idryma) and the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education/ASPETE (Technological Sector Institutions) give emphasis to high quality education as well as to the applied character of science, technology and arts. In this framework they promote the development of the appropriate theoretical background together with the development of high standard practice. 

Compared to University studies, TEI studies have a more applied character. Nevertheless, care is taken to ensure that the TEI curricula contain a sufficient number of background theoretical courses, so that graduates are able to adjust easily and efficiently to the ever changing and increasing professional and social life demands.  The TEIs cover a total of 95 specializations in the following fields:

  • Graphic arts and artistic studies
  • Administration and economics
  • Health and welfare occupations
  • Technological applications
  • Food and nutrition technology
  • Agronomy technology
  • Music technology.

TEI offer study topics such as:  

  • Electronic Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Energy Technology Engineering
  • Informatics
  • Naval Architecture
  • Civil Engineering and Surveying & Geoinformatics Engineering
  • Department of Library Science and Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Aesthetics and Cosmetology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Medical Laboratories
  • Social Work
  • Dental Technology
  • Optics and Optometry
  • Nursing
  • Physiotherapy
  • Medical Radiologic Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Oenology and Beverage Technology
  • Interior Architecture, Decorative Arts and Design
  • Conservation of Antiquites and Works of Art
  • Photography and Audiovisual
  • Graphic Design
  • Graphic Arts Technology
  • Automation Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business and Administration


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