Higher education landscape in Greece

The Greek administration, aiming to promote the internationalization of the Higher Education Institutes and establish Greece in the global academic environment, has boosted the Greek Higher Education with a modern and innovative legislative framework, that came into force at the end of 2019. The framework attempts to remove any obstacles concerning the development of programs for international students, the mobility of the academic society, as well as the collaboration between Greek and international universities, thus fostering the creation of multilingual courses, joint undergraduate and postgraduate programs, short term programs, summer and winter schools, internships, etc., with simple and fast procedures.

The twenty-four public Greek universities already offer about 140 masters programs, a number that continuously increases, which are taught in a language other than the Greek (mainly English). These programs provide international students with the opportunity to choose between a broad range of disciplines – from theoretical fields such as archaeology and classics to scientific fields such as medicine, biology, physics and ecology as well as technology disciplines like IT, computer science, engineering and telecommunications, among others.

In addition, the first undergraduate programs for international students have already appeared, while some more are under design and will be available soon. Apart from the variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programs, the Greek universities also offer short-term courses, like Summer/Winter Schools and Study Abroad Programs, inter-university joint programs, internships and other educational opportunities for international students. All these study options signal the fast transition of the Greek academic world to a new era of innovation and openness.