The Greek government on Friday invited foreign nationals students from all around the world to come to study in Greece, on the occasion of the International Day of Education.
During the event titled “Building International Bridges: Opening Greek Universities to the World” hosted at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Greek ministers and rectors of over a dozen Greek universities presented to diplomats and media some of the English language programs foreign students are invited to explore.
Minister of Education and Religious Affairs Niki Kerameos addressed the audience saying, “Today, the International Day of Education proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, is a great opportunity to celebrate our opening to the world, our effort to enhance our bridges with other countries in the field of education.”
The minister presented the new legislation for higher education that opens doors to collaborations with foreign institutions, exchanges of professors, researchers and students, foreign language programs and other projects.
The minister pointed out that English language programs are aimed particularly at non-EU students who are of high academic standards and Greece’s universities offer extremely low tuition fees compared to other countries.
This autumn the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (EKPA) inaugurates the first undergraduate course of study to be conducted in the English language in the country.
The “BA Program in Archaeology, History, and Literature of Ancient Greece” is a four-year program addressed to non-EU students, Kerameos said.
“There is a growing trend for students to choose Greece as their study destination. I would like to very warmly invite you to come to Greece to invest in education, to enhance our collaborations. I think it is a win-win situation for everybody,” she said.
There are currently a total of 81 postgraduate foreign language programs offered by Greek public universities with a total of 537 foreign nationals enrolled, according to data provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.