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Study in Greece: Student Visas & Permits

EU/EEA/EFTA national - Greece Visa Requirements

Citizens of the EU, the EEA and Switzerland don’t require a student visa for Greece. In case your stay exceeds the timeframe of three months (90 days), you will need a residence permit. If your passport expires soon or won’t be valid during your stay, make sure to renew it on time.

Non-EU/EEA/EFTA national - Greece Visa Requirements

Greece student visa requirements apply mostly to non-European international students. A student visa is required for studies in Greece if you are not a citizen of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland. Again, make sure your passport is valid. 

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Student Visa Procedure in Greece

Some months before your arrival in Greece, make sure you gather all the necessary documents. Pay a visit to your nearest Greek Embassy and ask for information or have a look at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. The ministry also provides certified translation services to Greek. Apply for the student visa and residence permit in advance, since a lot of times it is a process that needs months to be completed. You can also contact your university in Greece for additional guidance. The type of visa required for third-country nationals pursuing studies in Greece is the National-D category visa.

You will need the following documents for obtaining your Greek student visa:

  • A valid passport or travel document recognized 
  • Study visa application fully completed and signed by you and the authorities in charge, as well as two passport-sized photos
  • A certificate of registration/letter of acceptance and payment of the university fees 
  • Evidence that you have an income of at least 400 Euros per month to support you during your stay. This amount is proved by a bank transfer, a deposit account, a scholarship or proof of salary, in case you work during studies. 
  • If your studies require knowledge of the Greek language, a test certificate must be presented
  • A clean criminal record
  • A medical certificate from a state or private institution
  • Travel health insurance
  • Visa fee (90 Euros)

For obtaining a Residence Permit, the following additional documents are required:

  • A fully completed and signed Residence Permit application form
  • Residence permit fee (150 EUR)

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: 30 Jun 2021

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