The twenty-one universities in Greece are mostly located on the mainland, but some are also found on the islands. The successful completion of programs leads to Bachelor, Masters or Doctorate degrees being awarded. UNESCO helped to bring education in Greece to international standards by classifying the various systems. Greek university degrees are recognized around the globe.
While Greek universities offer numerous study programs, they are especially known for theatre, sculpture, archaeology, international business, art and painting. There are also many opportunities for short-term studies as many educational institutes offer summer, semester or year-long programs conducted in English.
Admission to most undergraduate programs requires a minimum grade point average as set by the destination university. A general rule of thumb is that if you qualify for higher education in your home country, then you will qualify for Greek universities as well. Students whose first language is not English, but plan to take programs taught in English, will need to prove proficiency by taking exams like ILETS or TOFEL. Many times individual Greek universities make students take their own entrance examinations as well.
Students from non-EU countries will need to get a type D student visa. The charges for this type of visa may be dropped if a request is made to the Greek consulate from the home country. In addition to standard documents like passport, students will have to prove ability to pay, medical and police clearance, and certifications of prior studies to be able to study in Greece.