Hellenic Open University


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
  • School of Science and Technology
  • School of Social Sciences




Par. Aristotle 18, 263 35, Patras


Odysseas Zoras Professor of Surgical Oncology

Vice Rectors

Vice President of Administration, Academic Affairs and Students Welfare
Efstathios Efstathopoulos
Vice President of Financial Planning and Development
George Skroubis
Vice President for Research and Lifelong Learning
Konstantinos Karamanis



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

Postgraduate programs

Postgraduate programs in Greek!

School of Humanities

  • Educational Sciences
  • Adult Education MEd
  • ΜΑ Orthodox Christian Theology and Religious Pluralism
  • Public History
  • Current trends in linguistics for teachers
  • Education and Technologies in Distance Learning and Learning Systems – Education Sciences
  • Science Communication
  • Applied Developmental Psychology

Joint Postgraduate Programs

  • Creative Writing
  • Education Sciences: Special Education and Training for People with Oral and Written Speech Problems

School of Applied Arts

  • Graphic Arts – Multimedia (GTM)
  • Lighting Design (Lighting)
  • Acoustic Design and Digital Sound (ASP)

School of Science and Technology

  • Bioinformatics and Neuroinformatics (Joint Degree)
  • MSc Waste Management (DIA)
  • MSc Quality Management and Technology (MSc)
  • MSc Technical Project Management (IFT)
  • Postgraduate Studies in Mathematics MSc (MSM)
  • Postgraduate Specialization of Teachers of Natural Sciences MSc (KFE)
  • Postgraduate Specialization in MSc Information Systems (MSc)
  • Environmental Catalysis for Pollution and Clean Energy Production (CWP)
  • Environmental Design MSc (MSc)
  • Advanced Studies in Physics MSc (MSc)
  • Seismic Engineering and Earthquake Construction MSc (SMA)
  • Mobile and Diffuse Computing Systems (MSc)
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Analysis (CBA)

School of Social Sciences

  • Management of Health Units (DMY)
  • Management of Cultural Units (CU)
  • Tourism Business Administration (TOP)
  • Banking, Financial and Financial Technology (FinTech) (TRAX)
  • Sports Studies: Sociology, History, Anthropology (ASK)
  • Contemporary Journalism Studies (SDS)
  • Social and Solidarity Economy (KAO)
  • Criminological and Criminal Approaches to Corruption, Economic and Organized Crime (PED)
  • Supply Chain Management (CMP)
  • Sports Administration (DAT)

Joint Postgraduate Programs

  • Management of aging and chronic diseases (CHD)
  • Economics and Business Law (ILO)
  • Banking, Accounting and Finance (TLF)

Postgraduate programs in foreign languages!

Masters (MSc)

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 in both levels of compulsory education (Primary and Secondary) and to Tertiary graduates who plan to teach, as well as to teachers engaged with 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 program 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, online and offline 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 program 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-à-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 primary aim of the Postgraduate Study Program is to provide specialized knowledge in “Teaching French as a Foreign Language”, based on the requirements of the discipline and the contemporary needs of the Greek and international labor markets, by combining knowledge, innovative practices and digital skills in order to provide a high level of training while keeping up with developments in the contemporary professional environment. The postgraduate study program is taught in French.

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School of Humanities | Distance Learning

The main purpose of the M.Ed. in TEFIL is to provide specialized knowledge and skills to anyone teaching or interested in 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 M.Ed. in TEFIL is addressed to 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 postgraduate program entitled “The Teaching of German as a Foreign Language” is a contemporary program of studies which offers both educators and graduates, wishing to broaden their scientific horizon, the possibility of acquiring specialized knowledge and skills regarding the theory and practice of teaching German as a foreign language, based on the latest research literature and responding to the needs of the labor market. It introduces students to research methodology, techniques of academic essay writing language acquisition/learning theories, teaching/pedagogical principles involved in foreign language teaching, language activities, student competences and course development and assessment in German as a foreign language. The main purpose of the program is to provide specialized knowledge regarding “The Teaching of German as a Foreign Language”, following the requirements of educational science and responding to the needs of the teaching market in Greece and internationally. It is part of the School of Humanities of the Hellenic Open University. It is structured around six-month modules and has a total duration of four semesters of study. More specifically, it requires the completion of six modules and the submission of a postgraduate dissertation. 

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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, utilizing 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 labor and market.

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School of Social Sciences | Distance Learning

Joint Degree with the Open University of Cyprus.

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

This Master’s Program 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 Program is designed to provide formal education of contemporary Risk Management and its natural extensions to Crisis and Emergency Management to graduates.

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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 program is provided by the Hellenic Open University (HOU), Greece  in collaboration with the Academy of Athens. The scope of the Master’s degree Program “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 Program 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 Program majors.

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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 analyze external and internal data in any operational environment to implement the required decisions.

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