Study in Greece
Graduate programs in Greece
Greece may not have the best economic reputation recently, but that’s all the more reason to invest your hard earned money its education system. Greece is the seat of modern democracy, with its philosophers still influencing politics, art and economics.
It’s also a major tourist destination, with plenty to occupy the international student outside of work hours. Greece is home to more than 220 inhabited islands, with many more unspoilt, deserted ones to explore. This is a place where you can island hop to your heart’s desire, before feasting on feta, olives and tzatziki in island restaurants. What more could you want from you graduate program in Greece?
There are two distinct systems in which you can study a graduate program in Greece, with the type you choose depending on the program you want to study.
- Universities – provide academic Masters programs
- Higher Technological Educational Institutes (TEI) – offer vocational based programs
Graduate programs in Greece are taught in both English and Greek, so you can choose whichever language option appeals to you more.
A Masters degree in Greece will normally take between one and two years to complete, depending on the institution and mode of study you choose.
Immigration and visas in Greece
EU students are allowed to study a graduate program in Greece providing they fulfil the following criteria:
- They have a valid passport
- They are studying for more than three months at the institution
- They have sufficient income to support themselves during their studies
- Have comprehensive health insurance
In most cases, non-EU students will have to get a study visa in order to come and study in Greece. Some countries will offer this for free, but in almost all cases you should expect to have to meet Greek consular staff for an interview.
Life in Greece
Greece is a country where history and modernism collide in a bewildering mix of medieval streets and huge skyscrapers. Greece is dominated by Athens, where 40% of the population live (compared to London, which is home to 15% of Brits).
The country is currently in the grip of a severe depression, meaning that quality of life is falling for many locals. International students coming to Greece can expect a warm, friendly welcome, but many services in the country are struggling for money. Expect tourist hotspots to have the best restaurants, bars and cultural activities.
Working in Greece
Greece’s economy has been badly hit by the Eurozone crisis, with public debt hitting 120% of Greece’s GDP in 2010. This caused a crisis in international confidence around Greece’s ability to pay back its debt, forcing the Greek government to take drastic austerity measures.
Consequently, unemployment in Greece is high. In May 2013, unemployment rates hit 27.6%, with young people particularly affected – the rate was 64.9% amongst 15-24 year olds.
This means that international students in Greece are unlikely to find work either during or after their studies, as Greece continues to grapple with its own domestic crisis.
There are two main types of accommodation open to international students coming to Greece:
- University accommodation – such as halls of residence
- Private accommodation – House and flat rentals
Few universities in Greece offer student accommodation or residential facilities and numbers are limited at those that do. Consequently, many international students studying a graduate program in Greece will choose to rent private rooms and apartments. This is harder to organise, but will offer you greater freedom and privacy during your studies.
An alternative option is to look for a homestay with a Greek family. This is a great way of improving your language skills and knowledge of Greek culture while studying abroad.
Climate in Greece
Greece has a Mediterranean climate, with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. This is definitely a destination for beach loving graduates, with plenty of coastal locations and idyllic islands. The main summer months run from June to August, while winter is at its coldest between December and February.
As you would expect for a major tourist destination, Greece has a highly developed transport network, with many flight and boat connections between islands. Greece’s rail network plays a much smaller role in national transport and the economic crisis means that international railway links with the rest of Europe have been suspended.
Both Athens and Thessaloniki have metro systems which will help students get around inexpensively.
The currency of Greece is the Euro.
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