Study in Greece: Student Visas & Permits

Citizens of the European Union don’t need a student visa for Greece. However, a student visa is required for non-EU citizens. To get your student visa for Greece, you’ll need an official acceptance letter from your chosen school in Greece, which must be an institution certified by the Greek Ministry of Education. 

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Don’t forget to contact the Greek Embassy in your country, or look at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, for a detailed list of the documents required for a student visa and information about how to submit your application. A list of countries requiring or not requiring a visa can be found here.

For non-EU/EEA international students:

  • You must have a passport or other travel document
  • The passport must have a valid student visa for Greece
  • The student visa will need:
    • To have been issued in the country where the passport comes from
    • To be distinguished into short-term residence (Schengen visa) or long-term residence (national visa)
    • To be as long as your course
  • Some non-EU nationals can enter Greece without a visa for 3-6 months for a short course
  • In some unusual circumstances, you might be able to get your visa on arrival

You can find out more about getting your student visa for Greece on the website pages of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The application form for a visa can be found here, while the necessary Medical Certificate required for issuing your student visa for Greece can be found here. Throughout your time in Greece, you’ll need to make sure that you have valid medical insurance. The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs can change the visa requirements, so make sure you’re up-to-date with what you need! 

Schengen Agreement

Greece is part of the Schengen Area. This means that your student visa for Greece is also valid for travel to all other Schengen countries, from Norway to Spain! You might need to show your visa when boarding a flight, but you can travel to other Schengen countries for up to three months! Best of all, there are no internal border controls. You’ll still need a separate visa to enter Ireland, however, as it’s not part of Schengen.

Study in Greece - Overview

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Language & Culture

Greece is known for its rich history and culture. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, and many more!

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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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Last update: 29 Jun 2023


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