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Structure of Higher Education System


Higher education in Greece is public and provided free of charge. It is composed of institutions of two different levels: universities and technological education institutes. They are under the supervision of the Ministry of National Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs which supports them financially. Admission is based on performance in nation-wide exams which take place at the end of the upper secondary level. There are no private universities. The diplomas awarded by some private post-secondary education institutions are not recognized by the State.

Stages of studies

University level first stage


Undergraduate degree programmes at universities normally last for four years (eight semesters) and lead to the Ptychio in the relevant field. In Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Engineering and Agriculture, studies last for ten semesters. In Medicine, they last for twelve. The study programme comprises compulsory and...

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