Private universities in Greece
Under Greek law, the diplomas of higher education in the country can only be issued by public education institutions: universities, polytechnic universities and academies. They are all managed by the Ministry of Education and other departments to which they belong. Private colleges are usually affiliates of foreign universities. For example, the Swiss Alpine Center business school. Their diplomas are recognized both in Greece itself and in the countries where the main body of the institution is located. The qualifications obtained at the American College of Greece are valid in the United States, but do not carry the same weight there as degrees from local universities.
Despite the attractiveness of programs in private universities, public ones are still more popular. Largely due to the fact that studying there is free. Plus, the Greek government still restricts private higher education. Private university degrees are recognized, but are less credible than public ones.
Best business schools in Greece
There are universities in Greece where you can get an MBA. But in the country they are called not business schools, like in the rest of Europe, but colleges. Tuition fees for the MBA programs are 5,427-10,854 USD/year. You don't have to go to a commercial college to get a degree in business and management. Some public universities also offer such programs.
Athens University of Economics and Business
According to the ranking of business schools in 2020, the MBA program at the Athens University of Economics and Business ranks first in the country and 35th in Europe. Duration of studies is 16 months. The full cost of tuition is 10,528 USD. The program is run entirely in English. You will need a TOEFL (79 points) or IELTS (6.5 points) certificate for admission, as well as a recommendation letter, a CV and proof of 3 years of work experience. Students have opportunities to receive additional funding. The university's website lists at least 10 scholarships for potential candidates.
Alba Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece
The American College of Greece offers MBA and EMBA programs. The cost of the first is 21,436 USD for 12 months of studying, noticeably higher than at the Athens University of Economics. At the same time, according to the ratings, Alba Business School is inferior to it in the quality of education and holds only 61st place in Europe. The advantage of the American College program is that the degree will be automatically recognized in the United States. Their site also contains detailed information about career centers, forums and internships — graduates are assisted with employment. Scholarships are available for students, but there are fewer of them than at the Athens University of Economics and Business.
The Swiss Alpine Center school is open to those seeking a degree in tourism and hospitality. The college offers undergraduate and graduate programs. As for prices, for example, the program "International Hospitality and Tourism Management" costs 10,257 USD/year. Studying takes as long as in other European countries: three years for a Bachelor's degree and one for a Master's. For admission, you need a B1-B2 level of English, a letter of motivation and recommendations. Experience in the hospitality industry is encouraged.
Best public universities in Greece
The strongest fields of study in Greek universities are: technical sciences, Engineering, and Medical education. In the first category, the Athens Polytechnic is in the top-100 best in the world. And among medical universities the leaders are the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Aristotle University. There are also the traditionally Hellenic disciplines of Philosophy, Philology, and History. Among the creative directions in Greece, sculpture and architecture are the most developed, which is not surprising. Although the latter are far from being as well represented in international rankings as technical and medical specialties.
National Technical University of Athens
Most often, this educational institution is called the Polytechnion, or Athens Polytechnic. The Athens Polytechnic ranks 100th in the world in technical specialties: Computer Technology, Applied Mathematics, and Civil Engineering. The figure may not seem particularly impressive. But in the QS ranking, 520 universities from all over the world are listed, so the 100th place is a rather high result. And regionally, the Athens Polytechnic is the 28th best technical university in Europe, beating Bologna and Aalto University. The Athens Polytechnic is definitely worth considering for those who want to study engineering or other technical professions in Greece.
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Aristotle University is the second best university in the country after the Athens Polytechnic. It is located in the city of Thessaloniki. It is a multidisciplinary university with a large number of faculties: medical, philosophical, pedagogical, engineering, legal, natural sciences, and even fine arts. There is a Greek language school at the Aristotle University, which holds preparatory courses for foreign students. It is one of only two educational institutions in the country that are eligible to organize the Greek proficiency test.
Interesting fact: in 2021, Aristotle University took the 14th position in the world in terms of the quality of teaching the discipline "Ancient history". Who would have thought-
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
This institution, often called the University of Athens, is Greece's oldest university. It was founded in 1837. Structurally, the university includes: the Institute of Philosophy, Law, Economics and Political Sciences, Natural Sciences, the Medical Institute, as well as the theological school of the Greek Orthodox Church. At the same time, according to the QS rating, dentistry is the best study direction at the University of Athensis[-].
Among all the universities in Greece, this one is the most international. More than 6200 foreign students study there. For comparison: there are 4600 of them at Aristotle University, and less than 1000 at other universities.
University of Crete
University of Crete is located on the picturesque namesake Greek island. It is a young university with two campuses: in Heraklion and Rethymno. It has only five faculties, scattered between the two cities: Philosophy, Social and Political Sciences, Teaching, as well as Engineering and Medical faculties. The peculiarity of the University of Crete is its vibrant research activity. The university cooperates with the Greek Center Foundation for Research & Technology — Hellas and the Institute of Marine Biology and Biotechnology, which are also located on the island. There is also a hospital at the university and a museum of natural history of Crete.
The university stands out not only for its educational programs, but also for its unusual architecture. This is what the main building of the university looks like.
University of Patras
The University of Patras ranks fifth among Greek universities. It is located in the largest settlement of the Peloponnese — the city of Patras. The university has five schools: Natural Sciences, Humanities, Medicine, Business, and Engineering. The latter holds the third place in the country for the quality of teaching, right after the Athens Polytechnic and the Aristotle University. The university participates in international educational programs such as TEMPUS and Erasmus. It also has agreements with the Medicine School of Johns Hopkins University in the US and the Center for Greek Studies at Harvard. This gives students the opportunity to gain experience of interacting with teachers and students from other countries.
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