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Study in Greece: Language & Culture

The official language of Greece is the modern Greek, although there are a lot of linguistic influences from the neighboring Balkan countries and also Turkey. The Greek language is considered one of the oldest written languages in the world.

Mar 17, 2021

A good way to approach Greek culture is from the perspective of freedom. Greece has a long, proud tradition of freedom, science, and philosophy, and this is still part of everyday life in Greece. 

Yes, Greece is perhaps known best for its food. Greek food is known all over the world for its light and fresh flavors. From olives to lamb dishes, Greek food represents the very best of the Mediterranean. It’s also extremely healthy. Imagine yourself heading from class to a small restaurant overlooking the sea to enjoy some pita and hummus, and you can get an idea of what everyday life is like in Greece. Imagine yourself enjoying that view with a glass of ouzo, and you’re already starting to think like a local!

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Greece is also a country in touch with its past. Nowhere is this more obvious than in Athens, where the Parthenon stands high above the modern city. But Greece’s magnificent history isn’t just found in Athens. Out on the islands, you can find the past too. A great example of this is Shipwreck Bay on Zakynthos (Zante), where a shipwreck lays on an isolated beach.

As for the language, Greek is one of the oldest languages in the world. It is the language of Plato, Aristotles, and of the millions of people who come from modern Greece. Greek is a working language of the EU, and Greek-speaking communities can be found all over the world. Learning Greek is a challenge, but doing so opens the door to an ancient and fascinating culture. If you find that you become good at Greek, you can even take the Greek National Foreign Language Test (KPG) to get a diploma in the Greek language.

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Study in Greece - Overview

More and more international students choose Greece as their study abroad destination every year. Click here to learn why.

Education System

Want to learn more about how the higher education system works in Greece? Greece is becoming a popular destination for international students, given its unique programs, free education, culture and ancient history. Find out more about the Greek education system below!

Student Visas 

Do you need a visa to enter Greece for studies? Learn more about the student visa process, and all the information you need to enter the country, depending on your citizen status. You will also be required to bring certain documents with you to the passport control at the airport, which we cover as well.

Housing & Living Costs 

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to make a plan and create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Greece.

Tuition Fees & Scholarships 

Tuition fees in Greece for European and non European students may vary, depending on the level of education. Both international and European students are expected to pay tuition fees in Greece. To cover the rest of the costs, there’s plenty of scholarship opportunities available from IKY, the Greek State Scholarship Foundation.

Application Process

All countries have specific admissions requirements for students to gain acceptance into a university. Learn more about the ins and outs of admission to programs in Greece, and what you need to apply, depending on your citizenship


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