List of universities in Greece

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This is a list of institutions of higher (or tertiary) education in Greece.

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[edit]

(Greek: Πανεπιστήμια και 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.

Technological Educational Institutes / Universities of Applied Sciences[edit]

(Greek: Ανώτατα Τεχνολογικά Εκπαιδευτικά Ιδρύματα)

All the higher tertiary state-accredited technological educational institutes in Greece are public. Technological educational institutes were initially established in 1983. They currently offer 4-year (full-time) undergraduate degree programs equivalent to Honours Bachelor's Degree (240E.C.T.S ISCED 5A) and since 2008 they are also allowed to run their own postgraduate programs that lead to a Master's Degree.

Academies and schools[edit]

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".[1] 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.[2][3]

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[4] on the mutual recognition of qualifications,[5] 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[edit]

Name Name in Greek website
iCon College Κολλέγιο iCon
Mediterranean College Μεσογειακό Κολλέγιο
Institution of Counselling & Psychological Studies (ICPS) Κέντρο Εκπαίδευσης Προσωποκεντρικής Προσέγγισης (Κ.Ε.Π.Π.)
University of Indianapolis - Athens Campus Κολλέγιο Ινδιανάπολης Αθηνών
British Hellenic College Κολλέγιο Ελληνοβρεττανικό
New York College (European and American Education) Κολλέγιο Νέα Υόρκη
BCA College Οικονομικό Κολλέγιο Αθηνών
ALBA Graduate Business School ALBA Κολλέγιο Διοίκησης Επιχειρήσεων
Athens Information Technology (AIT) Τεχνολογίες Πληροφορικής Αθηνών
IST College Ανεξάρτητες Σπουδές Επιστημών και Τεχνολογίας
Vakalo Art & Design College Κολλέγιο ΒΑΚΑΛΟ
ΑΚΤΟ Αθηναϊκός Καλλιτεχνικός Τεχνολογικός Όμιλος
ICBS Business College ICBS Επιχειρησιακό Κολλέγιο Αθήνας
Athens GSM College (AGSM) Κολλέγιο Athens GSM
City Unity College Κολλέγιο CITY U
American College of Greece (Deree College) Kολλέγιο Deree
Aegean Omiros College AEGEAN OMIROS Κολλέγιο
AKMI Metropolitan College (AMC) Κολλέγιο ΑΚΜΙ Metropolitan / Μητροπολιτικό Κολλέγιο
Athinaiki Ekpaideftiki Etairia - René Descartes College (CNAM) Αθηναϊκή Εκπαιδευτική Εταιρία – Κολλέγιο René Descartes
Greek Bible College Ελληνικό Βιβλικό Κολλέγιο / Εταιρία Βιβλικών Σπουδών
Institution d'Études Francophones (el) (IdEF) Γαλλικό Κολλέγιο
Athenian College Κολλέγιο Athenian
Hellenic American Education Center Ελληνο-Αμερικανικό Εκπαιδευτικό Κέντρο

In Thessaloniki[edit]

Name Name in Greek website
AAS College Applied Arts Studies -
CITY College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield Κολλέγιο CITY
American College of Thessaloniki (Anatolia College) Αμερικανικό Κολλέγιο Θεσσαλονίκης (Κολλέγιο Ανατόλια)
American Farm School (Perrotis College) Αμερικανική Γεωργική Σχολή (Κολλέγιο Περρωτής)
British College of Law and Economics Βρετανικό Κολέγιο των Νομικών και Οικονομικών
ICBS Business College ICBS Επιχειρησιακό Κολλέγιο Θεσσαλονίκης
AKMI Metropolitan College (AMC) Κολλέγιο ΑΚΜΙ Metropolitan / Μητροπολιτικό Κολλέγιο
Athens GSM College (AGSM) Κολλέγιο Athens GSM
New York College Κολλέγιο Νέα Υόρκη
Mediterranean College Μεσογειακό Κολλέγιο
DEI College -
ΑΚΤΟ Αθηναϊκός Καλλιτεχνικός Τεχνολογικός Όμιλος


Name Name in Greek website
ICBS Business College (in Larissa) ICBS Επιχειρησιακό Κολλέγιο Λάρισας
MBS College - College of Crete (in Heraklion) -
The European College for Tourism Studies (ECTS) (in Corfu) Ευρωπαϊκό Κολλέγιο Τουριστικής Εκπαίδευσης και Κατάρτισης

International rankings[edit]

According to the THE–QS World University Rankings:

Institution 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης) 430 401-500 401-450 401-450 451-500 451-500 471-480
Athens University of Economics and Business (Οικονομικό Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών) 472 501+ 501-600 551-600 601+ 601+ 701+
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Εθνικόν και Καποδιστριακόν Πανεπιστήμιον Αθηνών) 248 200 177 286 387 501-550 501-550
National Technical University of Athens (Εθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο) 356 401-450 401-450 451-500 551-600 551-600 501-550
University of Crete (Πανεπιστήμιο Κρήτης) 437 401-500 401-500 401-450 451-500 451-500 491-500 301-350 301-350
University of Patras (Πανεπιστήμιο Πατρών) 457 501+ 501-550 451-500 551-600 601+ 601-650

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Constitution of Greece". Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  2. ^ "Law 3696/2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  3. ^ "Law 3848/2010" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  4. ^ "EC Directive 2005/36". Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  5. ^ "Presidential Decree 38/2010" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-07-22. 

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