Hellenic Open University


Rector & Vice Rectors


Professor Ioannis Kalavrouziotis 

Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Academic Affairs and Student Welfare

Professor Ioannis Sympetheros

Vice President of Financial Planning and Development

Associate Professor Leonidas C. Doukakis

Vice President for Research and Lifelong Learning Education

Professor Konstantinos Karamanis

University & Society

Hellenic Open University is the 19th Greek State University and was founded in 1992 in the city of Patras, Greece. It is the only distance learning university in Greece and its mission is to provide high-quality university education via distance learning at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. For that purpose, it develops and implements the appropriate learning material and methods of teaching.
Offering exclusively long distance education and lifelong learning flexible teaching through a variety of online Programs for more than 20 years, in both Greek and foreign languages, Hellenic Open University aspires to become a world-class educational institution which aligns with the rationales of the contemporary international academic environment.
In 2020, Hellenic Open University was ranked 4th, among the Open Universities globally, according to Webometrics.
The Hellenic Open University offers the following foreign language educational Programs:
Undergraduate Program:
• Hispanic Language and Civilization Studies-in Spanish Language
And Postgraduate Programs:
• Master in Business Administration- in English Language
• Msc in Enterprise Risk Management- in English Language
• Language Education for Refugees and Migrants- in English Language
• The Teaching of English as a Foreign / International Language- in English Language
• The Teaching of French as a Foreign Language- in French Language
• The Teaching of German as a Foreign Language –in German Language
• Supply Chain Management- in English Language

For more information visit our web site: www.eap.gr

Scientific profile

Disciplines & Departments

Hellenic Open University comprises four Schools:

  • School of Humanities
  • School of Applied Arts and Sustainable Design
  • School of Science and Technology
  • School of Social Sciences

International Profile


The Program aims at teachers and graduates that desire to enhance their knowledge and skills in teaching linguistics in different languages and to further develop new skills that could be applied to specific contexts and levels. The courses offer postgraduate students a strong theoretical background, the necessary teaching methodology, the ability of course designing, as well as an introduction to major research tools. Another aim is to provide to teachers of different educational backgrounds and university graduates, specialized educational knowledge and enable them to educate teachers that are involved in teaching immigrants. The program trains Greek or foreign students to research and examine basic questions about applied linguistics and second language acquisition in the numerous multilingual environments that they might come across in the future.


Website: https://www.eap.gr/education/sae/
Tel: 2610 367688

Website: https://www.eap.gr/education/set/
Tel: 2610 367614

Website: https://www.eap.gr/education/sthet/
Tel: 2610 367540-42

Website: https://www.eap.gr/education/ske/
Tel: 2610367452

International Studies

Masters (MSc)

School of Applied Arts and Sustainable Design | Distance Learning

In Interaction Generative Design the designer is able to define goals and the parameters that affect the design result, such as geometry, material and construction method, and to produce all possible versions of the design problem solution based on selected data (this is the relevance of the design process to evolutionary morphogenesis processes in nature). The designer has the ability to move within different solutions and choose the most suitable. Apart from the design phase, the implemented product can interact with the resident, the visitor or the observer of the space / object, in a continuous transformation, depending on the condition it is called to serve.

Algorithmic design essentially aims to structure a way of thinking about the design management of different design parameters and the construction of the designed product, whether it is space or an action (i.e. performance). These parameters involve both with the geometry of the object or space being designed, and the interaction of the design object with the physical space in which it is intended to be placed. Thus, in combination with the principles of Interaction Generative Design, the product/action designer is able to control, not only the structure and form of the object or space, but also its interaction with the natural space and with its visitor through the design process.

Through Machine Based Algorithmic Design, the designer is able to introduce into the design process the way contemporary machines work. This is a crucial parameter in designing, which mainly determines the structure of the object, as well as the wiring of its individual elements, but in many cases also affects its shape.

Algorithmic design not only organizes the principles around the design of a space or object, but also enters specialized cognitive fields, such as the design of the sound of an action, the design of a performance, where performers interact with space, as well as graphic design, whose structure can be parametrically influenced by the environment in which it is located.

In Greece there is a complete lack of relevant studies, in the subject of Interaction Generative Design, from the process of conception and configuration, to the stage of implementation using contemporary construction methods. This gap will be filled by the Hellenic Open University through the MSc Interaction Generative Design.

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School of Humanities | Distance Learning

The HOU’s Postgraduate Program entitled as “Language Education for refugees and migrants” is designed for teachers and graduates who wish to complete or deepen their knowledge and skills of teaching the language lesson in various languages, as well as develop new resources they can later apply to specific contexts and levels. The modules will provide postgraduate students with a strong grounding in theoretical literature as well as appropriate classroom methodology, course design and an introduction to the key research tools.

The course aims to provide specialized pedagogical knowledge to teachers on both levels of compulsory education (Primary and Secondary) and to Tertiary graduates who plan to teach, as well as to teachers engaged in adult education in refugee or migrant contexts. It trains Greek and international students to pose and answer key questions in applied linguistics and second language acquisition in the world’s numerous, diverse multilingual contexts.

The course is designed to offer students the opportunity to reflect and further develop their understanding of both theoretical and practical considerations in the field of language learning and teaching drawing from the principles of critical pedagogy and translanguaging. It will encourage you to develop a broad theoretical base reflecting current cutting edge research within applied linguistics and related disciplines. Additionally, this course makes links between the different disciplines which contribute to our knowledge of language learning and issues related to language pedagogy focusing on action and activism as necessary preconditions for social change and justice. The programme is designed to be practical, provides opportunities to create bespoke teaching and learning materials, encourages deep engagement with the world of practice through visits to schools, refugee camps or other institutions related to formal and informal learning of refugees and migrants in different sites of Greece and other countries, team-teaching activities and project work.

The general objectives of the master’s degree are to train specialized researchers in the main phenomena of language acquisition and applied linguistics in general, who can transfer research results to teaching practice and carry out basic applied research projects. The training will enable students to deepen their knowledge of applied linguistics, particularly with regard to second language acquisition, critical literacy and advances in new technologies for language research and learning. Students will develop greater knowledge and skills in relation to the new linguistic scenarios in schools and general society, and will carry out reflexive teaching practice.

The course’s modules focus on the integration of language, culture, and codes of power as part of the development of formal, informal and non-formal, on-line and off-line educational programs and examine curriculum from a constructivist perspective that recognizes the voices of students, community and teachers as one learning community who inform curriculum and program design. The programme introduces participants to the concepts and basic principles of critical pedagogy; a theory of education that a) gives professionals the opportunity to reflect on their own educational beliefs, practices, and processes and b) gives teachers the voice and tools to reflect upon their teaching methodology vis-a-vis their student’s critical thinking, promotes equality and social justice through action research within the school and community.

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School of Social Sciences | Distance Learning

This Master’s Degree Course aims at helping individuals develop the necessary skills and knowledge in order to become effective managers in businesses and organizations. 

It aims at developing students ability to evaluate and analyze external and internal data and strategic decision-making in any business environment. 

Upon completion of this course students will: 

  • have developed a wide range of administrative abilities and operational techniques 
  • have increased their confidence in evaluating and analyzing complex business matters and decision-making 
  • have developed cooperative problem-solving skills and will be able to enable students to communicate orally and in writing as managers with potential colleagues 
  • offer creative and strategic thinking 
  • have the ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines 
  • have the ability to undertake independent applied research and submit a research thesis 
  • have developed sensitivity to different cultures, ability to work in international teams.

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School of Humanities | Distance Learning

The main purpose of this course is to provide specialized knowledge in the subject “Teaching French as a Foreign Language”, according to the requirements of field and the current needs of the labour market, in Greece and internationally, combining knowledge, innovative practices and digital skills, in order to provide high quality training following the developments that govern the modern professional environment. The language of instruction of the course is French.

L’objectif principal du Master Mention FLE est de fournir des connaissances spécialisées dans le domaine de la «Didactique du Français Langue Etrangère», conformément aux exigences de la Science et aux enjeux actuels du marché de l’emploi en Grèce et à l’échelle internationale, en combinant des savoirs, des pratiques innovantes et des aptitudes numériques à un niveau de qualification très élevé. La langue d’enseignement du Programme d’Études est le français.

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School of Humanities | Distance Learning

The main purpose of the M.Ed. in TEFIL is to provide specialised knowledge and skills to university graduates in the field of teaching English as a foreign/international language. It follows the specifications and requirements of state-of-the-art educational science and responds to the needs of the teaching market in Greece and internationally. The language of instruction of the M.Ed. is English.

The M.Ed. in TEFIL is addressed at anyone interested in pursuing postgraduate studies in the domain of teaching English as a foreign language and, in addition, integrates the emerging dimension of English as an international language of communication. In particular, the M.Ed. in TEFIL integrates all aspects of English language teaching, from the teaching of the “four skills” (i.e., the production and perception of spoken and written language), the design, development and evaluation of curricula and courseware, the testing and assessment of the language skills, the integration of educational technology, the integration of intercultural approaches to teaching, the teaching English to children and adults, teacher education and training, to addressing learning difficulties. The distance learning methodology adopted in the M.Ed. in TEFIL, in conjunction with the support provided by the tutors, who act as mentors, enables teachers to attend the M.Ed. without leaving their classes and learners. This is achieved through innovative distance learning activities that prompt teachers to apply what they study in actual practice, by designing, teaching and evaluating original lessons, thereby experimenting with and deeply understanding education in all its complexity.

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School of Humanities | Distance Learning

The main purpose of this course is to provide specialized knowledge in the subject “Teaching German as a Foreign Language”, in accordance with the requirements of the field and the current needs of the labour market in Greece and internationally.

Students are systematically introduced to theories of language acquisition, research methodology and techniques of writing scientific papers, didactic-pedagogical principles for the teaching of a foreign language, communicative activities & abilities of the learner and the methodology for the planning & assessment of German as a foreign language course.

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School of Science and Technology | Distance Learning with group meetings 

The study program “Data Science and Machine Learning” aims at delivering knowledge and developing skills on state-of-the-art methods and computing tools in Data Science and Machine Learning, in an accessible manner and by promoting active learning.

DAMA focuses on hands-on computational applications of these methods, utilising data from all modern scientific fields (natural sciences, engineering, informatics, humanities and life sciences). Students will be hands-on practicing using programming tools and up-to-date computing tools. DAMA aims to combine knowledge of fundamental concepts and techniques with specific applications so that its graduates will be aptly skilled in today’s labour and market.

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School of Social Sciences | Distance Learning

Joint Degree with the Open University of Cyprus.

Risk Management is increasingly being recognized as the key for achieving and driving sustainable organizational performance, regardless if the organization is active in the public sector or the private sector and industrial domains.

This Master’s Programme in Risk Management is designed around four year-long thematic units and a Master’s thesis, which capture the essential knowledge, and skills that are essential to a competent and contemporary Chief Risk Officer in any type of organization or enterprise. The Programme is designed to provide formal education contemporary Risk Management and its natural extensions to Crisis and Emergency Management to graduates.

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School of Social Sciences | Distance Learning 

Skills directly related to innovation include specialized knowledge and cognitive skills, the so-called ‘soft skills’, such as social, emotional and behavioral skills, as well as special skills associated with entrepreneurship and leadership. Although some of these skills are cultivated from an early age through the formal curriculum in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), others must be acquired through other forms of formal education. The growing recognition of the importance of these broader skills has led many OECD countries to adjust their education systems in order to equip young people with the skills required to meet the challenges of innovation in the workplace and in society at large.

In this context, the MSc “Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship” aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of participants to take advantage of unexplored opportunities and innovate in an existing organization, in a family business or in their own business venture as aspiring entrepreneurs. This is an innovative programme by Greek and international standards, designed according to best practices of similar programmes offered abroad, and including attracting topics for the contemporary labour market, such as Innovation Management, New Venture Creation, Digital Transformation, Design Thinking, etc.

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School of Applied Arts and Sustainable Design | Distance Learning by Conducting Group Counseling Meetings During 

The distance learning joint degree CCC programme is provided by the Hellenic Open University (HOU), Greece in collaboration with the Academy of Athens.

The scope of the Master’s degree Programme «Protection of Cultural Heritage and Monuments of Nature from the Effects of Climate Change» is the in-depth study of issues related to mitigation and adaptation of the effects of climate change on natural and cultural heritage sites worldwide. Specifically, the learning outcomes on which the Programme focuses are primarily concerned with the sciences of climatology and the environment, geology, telemetry and satellite applications, engineering, architecture, history, archeology, the preservation of works of art and monuments. Interdisciplinary fields such as sociology, culture and environmental economics, as well as information technology, support the Programme majors.

General Information

The knowledge and experience that will result from the combination of theoretical and technological training in this post-graduate Programme is the first in kind as it is highly multidisciplinary. The proposed Programme joins theory and science in order to optimally address the effects of climate change on nature and cultural heritage sites. The use of theoretical knowledge and knowledge from sciences such as Meteorology, Archeology, Physical Chemistry, Sociology, etc. ensure a huge range of interdisciplinarity of this Programme. The originality of the subject not only contributes to the development of science and technology, but also advances in areas of interdisciplinary knowledge application both in the theoretical direction and in the positive sciences. In this MSc, sciences, arts and technology meet in a new interdisciplinary field, which is expected to develop very quickly.

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School of Social Sciences | Distance Learning

The Program aims at providing specialized high-quality studies in Supply Chain Management, leading to a postgraduate degree. The main purpose of the Program is to equip students with tools and know-how to develop leadership skills in supply chain management in order to be able to evaluate and analyse external and internal data in any operational environment to implement the required decisions.

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Language Education for Refugees and Migrants (LRM) – Call for Applications
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Unprecedented “Sino-Hellenic Higher Education Workshop”
Language Education for Refugees and Migrants (L.R.M.) – Call for Applications
Language Education for Refugees and Migrants (L.R.M.) – Call for Applications


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