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Higher education landscape in Greece

Aiming to promote the internationalization of Greek Universities and to establish Greece in the global academic environment, the Greek state has boosted Greek Higher Education through the creation of a modern and innovative legislative framework that came into force at the end of 2019. The new legislation removes any obstacles related to the development of programs for international students, the mobility of academics and researchers, 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 offer about 140 international master’s programs -the courses of which are delivered in foreign languages (mainly English)-, a number that continuously increases. 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, 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 initiatives and study options reflecting a spirit of modernization and internationalization, signal the transition of the Greek academic world to a new era of innovation and openness.