STUDY INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Studying for a degree can be a fantastic experience, which will give you a high-quality education in a diverse environment in the heart of one of the most cultural cities in the world!
The International Scene
Colleges/Universities in Thessaloniki provide a supportive environment for international students. Life on campus is enriched through the diversity of cultures. International Student Services Offices in the respective Colleges/Universities are available to offer advice to any overseas applicant.
Overseas students are required to meet the entry requirements for the program they apply for.
Bachelor, Masters and PhD Programs require:
Please contact the respective International Services Offices for information concerning requirements for the program of your choice.
International students are required to have a good standard of English before starting any program. For students whose native language is not English, Colleges/Universities require submission of an IELTS score, or a recognized equivalent.
Students do not need to have taken the test before applying, but will need to have gained the minimum test scores before they begin classes.
English Language Departments might be able to offer classes and workshops to improve language skills for students whose English level is less than the required standard.
Prospective candidates must fill in the applications available on the respective websites of Colleges/Universities or contact the International Student Offices requesting the application form.
Your application may be sent via email, to the respective Admissions Offices of the College/University of your choice with scanned documents of the supporting qualifications. These might include your transcripts, passport/visa copies, cv, recommendation letters, motivation letter and English Language certification.
As soon as your Application is received, it will be forwarded to the appropriate Department for evaluation. You will receive a response within the next weeks.
VISA and Residence Permit
Preparation, Papers, Procedures
In order to enter and study in Greece, you must obtain a student visa from the Greek Consulate nearest you in your country. This student visa must state on the passport that it is type “D” for studies at ………….College/University (not type “C” for tourists). The Greek Consulates around the world may issue visas for students who are accepted by Colleges/Universities, thus, you must, first, go through the admissions process. The issuing of VISA rests solely on the Greek embassies or consulates in your country.
Student VISA documents include:
This process takes approximately two to four weeks.
Please note that every Consulate in each country has its own requirements for the issuance of student visas. Thus, a Consulate may or may not require an interview with you. Other Consulates may require more detailed documentation pertaining to your financial status and, some others, may have additional requirements with respect to parental guarantees, police clearance, and “special” notarization, certification, or “apostil” of documents by the authorities in your country. You need to check with the Greek Consulate nearest you and find out what exactly they require from you.
The student visa issued to you will be valid up to 90 days and is activated immediately upon its issuance. It is very important, therefore, for you to arrange to travel to Greece as soon as possible after receiving your visa.
After coming to Greece with your student visa, please be informed that it is necessary for you to apply immediately for the Residence Permit for Studies due to the fact that the documents required for the submission of an application for a residence permit take a considerable length of time in order to be prepared.
Residence Permit requirements
The following steps must be taken and documents be collected, with the assistance of the International Student Offices, after you arrive in Greece in order to be reviewed by the respective offices so that they may proceed with your Residence Permit application:
A variety of scholarships are available to students. Scholarships are based upon a number of criteria ranging from academic criteria to social criteria. Students can contact the International Students Offices in the respective Colleges/Universities receive information concerning scholarships.
TRAVEL TO-AND-FROM HOME COUNTRY
Only students who have a valid Student Residence Permit may travel outside Greece and re-enter.
Students who are not in possession of a valid residence permit (an expired residence permit is not considered valid), (and who may be in possession of the waiting paper), generally, are not allowed to leave Greece and return.
While this law places great stress upon students who wish to visit home for Christmas and/or Easter holidays, and/or summer recess, the recent practice of the Greek Ministry of Public Order has been to issue “special directives” shortly before holiday and recess periods which allow students with a waiting paper to visit home for a specific number of days during these periods and return and re-enter to continue their studies. However, there is no guarantee that such directives will continue to be issued every year and for every holiday. Therefore, International Students planning to visit home for holidays must contact the International Office prior to making any holiday travel plans in order to be informed as to whether such “directive” is in effect.
TRAVEL AND TOURISM
Students interested in travelling to and/or visiting other countries may do so if they are in possession of a valid residence permit. Such students, prior to making any plans, should first contact the embassy of the chosen country in order to be informed with respect to the documents and procedures required to enter, travel-in, and leave the specific country.
All Colleges/Universities in Thessaloniki guarantee personal support in choosing your accommodation that will best serve your needs and your budget. You can choose from a wide variety of privately-owned places via real estate agencies, while we can advice you on lease contracts and your rights.
Living and Studying in Greece
Living in Thessaloniki, you will benefit from living and studying in a city of long and rich history, and enjoy the bustling nightlife, as well as a variety of cultural events throughout the year. Thessaloniki, the capital of the Balkans for many centuries, and the crossroad of cultures and civilizations, has constituted the window to the Mediterranean for all the peoples of the North. It was in the general vicinity – in Pella- where Philip II and Alexander the Great established their dynasty and spread Hellenic civilization to the world. You may take just a brief tour of the city to experience the unique blending of past and present, traditional and modern, east and west, and just cycle by the seafront to feel the breeze of a cosmopolitan city.
Greece is renowned as one of the sunniest and warmest countries of Europe. Thessaloniki is situated upon the seafront and near blue flag crystal-clear beaches, while you can take short trips to the nearby breathtaking islands.
During the winter, the temperature is mild, while during the summer it may get much higher. For those of you who like water sports, this is the best place to learn or practice a variety of activities.
The Cultural Scene
If you are interested in music, theatre, opera, or fine arts, Thessaloniki hosts major events throughout the year, ranging from ancient theater performances, to pop and rock concerts and festivals. Alongside the many museums, you may visit small art galleries of contemporary Greek and foreign famous artists.