List of universities in Greece

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This list of Universities in Greece includes all institutions of higher (or tertiary) education in Greece.[1]

In the field of post-secondary education there are centers of postsecondary education (abbreviated KEME in Greek) or colleges (kollegia is the transliteration from the Greek word for colleges).

Universities and technical universities

(Greek: Πανεπιστήμια, Πολυτεχνεία)

All the higher Tertiary state-accredited universities in Greece are public. The duration of the undergraduate degree programs for most disciplines is 4 years (full-time). Programs in engineering, dentistry, pharmacology, agronomics, forestry, along with some programs in fine arts, have a duration of 5 years (240E.C.T.S - 300E.C.T.S ISCED 5A). Medicine is the only discipline with a duration of studies of 6 years.

"ATHENA" Reform Plan for Higher Education

The "ATHENA" Reform Plan restructured Higher Education programmes in 2013.[2] [3]

Technological educational institutes

(Greek: Ανώτατα Τεχνολογικά Εκπαιδευτικά Ιδρύματα)

All the higher tertiary state-accredited technological educational institutes in Greece are public. They currently offer 4-year (full-time) undergraduate degree programs equivalent to Honours Bachelor's Degree (240 E.C.T.S ISCED 5A).

Academies and schools

The following academies offer higher education with 4 years of studies and they are equivalent to the universities. They operate under different terms from the universities. Especially Hellenic Military Academy, Hellenic Naval Academy, Hellenic Air Force Academy are considered equivalent to the (civilian) universities since 1961 and their professors are elected with the same criteria. They have been called ASEI (ΑΣΕΙ, Ανώτατα Στρατιωτικά Εκπαιδευτικά Ιδρύματα) according a Law of 2003 and the election of their faculty members follow the same procedure as the (civilian) universities. After 2010, they run graduate programs on their own.

The following schools offer higher education with 4 years of studies and their graduates are equivalent to the graduates of technological educational institutes.

The following schools offer higher education of up to 2 years of studies.


According to the Constitution of Greece, "education at university level shall be provided exclusively by institutions which are fully self-governed public law legal persons".[4] This prohibits private institutions for post-secondary education, colloquially known as colleges, from operating as independent universities in Greece. However, it does not prohibit colleges from collaborating with foreign universities to offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of study in Greece.[5][6]

The vast majority of colleges are offering programmes of study under franchise or validation agreements with universities established in other European Union countries, primarily in the UK, leading to degrees which are awarded directly by those universities. The monitoring of those agreements as well as of additional provisions for the operation of colleges is carried out by the Ministry of Education (Law 3696/2008, 3848/2010), but also by the respective educational authorities of the countries in which the universities are based (e.g. QAA, BAC and NARIC for the UK). One example of a college in Greece, not operating as a franchise, and which is not validated through arrangements in the UK is the University of Indianapolis – Athens Campus. By contrast, this college is wholly owned and operated by its home campus, and is therefore accredited by the same agency which accredits the home campus. Consequently, students of the University of Indianapolis can switch between campuses at any time.

Effective May 2010, with the integration into Greek law of EC Directive 2005/36[7] on the mutual recognition of qualifications,[8] holders of academic degrees by universities in the European Union, including those obtained through studies at a college in Greece, have their professional rights fully recognised.

As of 2012, the following colleges are operating in Greece, according to the Ministry of Education:

In Athens

In Thessaloniki


See also


  1. ^ "Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency - External evaluation reports of Institutions". Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency. 2016-01-01. 
  2. ^ "ATHENA Reform Plan for Higher Education - Ministry of Education portal". ATHENA Reform Plan for Higher Education (in Greek). 2013-02-01. 
  3. ^ "ATHENA Reform Plan for Higher Education - Ministry of Education press conference" (PDF). ATHENA Reform Plan for Higher Education (in Greek). 2013-01-31. 
  4. ^ "The Constitution of Greece". Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  5. ^ "Law 3696/2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  6. ^ "Law 3848/2010" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  7. ^ "EC Directive 2005/36". Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  8. ^ "Presidential Decree 38/2010" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-07-22. 

External links

  • An official list of all the public higher education institutions that are mainly subdivided into universities and technological educational institutes