MINISTRY of NATIONAL EDUCATION and RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS
DIRECTORATE of ORGANIZING and CONDUCTING EXAMINATIONS
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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING FOREIGN STUDENTS' ADMISSION TO HIGHER EDUCATION IN GREECE
According to the Ministerial Decision
F.151/20049/B6/20.02.2007 (FEK 272B/01-
concerning students' admission to Higher Education, it
is provided that
under special provisions various categories of
candidates can be admitted to
Higher Education in Greece. E.U. students and non-E.U.
students can fall into
these categories on condition that neither the
candidates themselves nor their
parents are of Greek nationality or citizenship.
Those candidates who fulfil the above-mentioned requirements must submit their documents to the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs,
of Organizing and Conducting Examinations, from 20th to 30th July 2007.
They should also fill in the Candidate's Application Entry Form, which is provided to
the candidates on the day they submit their documents, stating the Faculties and the Departments they prefer.
The documents are submitted either by the candidates themselves or by an authorized person. The candidates who submit their documents must be holding their passports (VISA) or the documents of their legal stay-permit in Greece, plus a photocopy thereof. If the candidates are still abroad and cannot submit their documents themselves, the person they have authorized must submit a declaration stating that they are abroad. However, if the candidates are in
Greece and their documents are submitted by an authorized person, they should submit a ratified copy of the candidates' passport (VISA) or their stay-permit,
certifying their legal presence in Greece.
- The essential documents are:
- The candidate's application entry form (with a small-size passport photograph of
his/hers attached to it).
original graduation certificate, ratified
by the competent
educational authority of the candidate's country.
A certificate of his/her general average marks issued either by the Ministry of
Education or by the competent educational authorities of the candidate's country
by the Embassy of his/her country in Greece. The average of the general marks
should be based on a point scale of
An access certificate with the overall examination mark for the candidates who
have graduated from a Lyceum of Greece or the Republic of Cyprus.
A certificate showing not only the candidate's citizenship
and nationality, but also
his/her parents' citizenship
and nationality (confirming that none of
them are ofGreek descent).
A certificate issued by the competent educational or diplomatic authority of
candidate's country, confirming that his/her graduation certificate entitles
him/her to attend a Higher Education Institution in his/her own country. (This
certificate is not necessary for the candidates who have graduated from a Lyceum of
Greece or the Republic of Cyprus and hold an access certificate with their
A certificate issued by the competent educational or diplomatic authority of the
candidate's country, confirming the country and the curriculum of the
candidate's graduation school.
A certificate issued by the competent
educational or diplomatic authority of the
candidate's country, confirming that he/she has fully attended the last year of
a Lyceum or an equivalent school in the
country of his/her graduation.
A declaration that the foreign (non-E.U.) candidate
does not hold any degree issued by a Greek Higher Education Institution, and
has not been admitted to any faculty or department of Higher Education in
Greece in the year
The Collection and Check of the Documents Committee has the right to ask
any candidates to submit additional documents at a fixed deadline in case it is
decided that those specific candidates ought to further prove that they fall
into a particular category.
All the documents issued by a foreign authority must be a) ratified for the
authenticity of the signature of the undersigned person either by a Greek
diplomatic authority abroad or by the diplomatic authority of the foreign
country in Greece (in the second case, these documents must be ratified by the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs in Greece), and b) translated into Greek either by a Greek
diplomatic authority abroad or by the Translation Service of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs in Greece.
Attention should be paid to the documents which have been issued by foreign
schools in Greece. The Greek Educational Authorities that are responsible for
the specific school (Directorate of Secondary Education that the school belongs to)
should ratify the authenticity of the documents issued by the school, as well as
state the legal status of the school.
Documents which have been issued by the following countries:
Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan,
Belgium, Bulgaria, Barbados, Bahamas, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana,
Brunei-Darussalam, Colombia, Cook Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Estonia, France, Finland,
Fiji, FYROM, Germany, Grenada, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland,
Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania,
Liechtenstein Luxembourg, Macao, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco,
Moldavia, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Panama, Poland,
Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, St. Lucia, San Marino, St. Vincent and
the Grenadines, Serbia-Montenegro, Samoa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Surinam, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tonga, Trinidad and
Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela, do
not need any ratification by a Greek diplomatic authority abroad, provided
that they bear the APOSTILLE seal
mentioned in the articles
of the Hague Convention
The local competent authorities are assigned for this purpose
by every contracting country according to article
of the Hague Convention. That is why the candidates who obtain their documents
from the above mentioned countries
should apply to the competent authority (Ministry of Education) of their own
country and make sure they have the requested seal stamp on their documents.
It should be noted that documents not ratified for their authenticity
by a foreign authority, as mentioned above, will not be accepted by the
Committee in charge of collecting the documents, and the application entry
forms will therefore be rejected.
The particular category of Graduates of Lyceums or equivalent schools
of Member States of the E.U. of non-Greek Origin includes the Cypriot citizens
who are candidates for the Higher Education of Greece. These candidates submit
their documents in Cyprus from
to 10th July.
(For further information, please contact: ATHENS: Ministry of Education and
NICOSIA: Ministry of Education and Culture,
22800626 & 22800763)
The candidates who wish to be considered for the study programmes
Higher Ecclesiastical Academies, must be successful in the preliminary
examination of the competent committee, which will have been established
thereof at the Ministry of Education by July
More specifically, the candidates who wish to be considered for the programmes
of the aforementioned Ecclesiastical Academies must provide a recommendation
letter from the bishop of their district of
residence. Moreover, the candidates must be judged in the preliminary
examination as eligible for these schools,
before the expiry date of the document submission deadline. It should also
be noted that ONLY
Orthodox candidates are eligible for the Higher Ecclesiastical Academies,
while candidates for the clerical studies programme
can ONLY be male.
USEFUL INFORMATION CONCERNING THE SELECTED CANDIDATES
The selection of the candidates, who enter a Faculty or
a Department of Higher
Education, is carried out by decision of the Minister of
Education. Both the
Faculties and the Departments, in which the candidates
can be admitted, are
written on the candidates' application entry forms.
A candidate can enroll only at the Faculty or the
Department he/she has been
With regard to his/her registration, the candidate who
is admitted either into a
Faculty or a Department must also hold a
denoting his/her command
of the Greek language
(such a certificate is issued after relevant
either by the University of Athens or by the University
of Thessaloniki; alternatively,
the candidate should
level or higher certificate issued by the Greek
Language Centre of Thessaloniki.
If the candidate
does not hold any of those
his/her admission to a Greek University, on condition
that he/she will by then
have obtained the prerequisite language certificate.
Otherwise, the candidate
no longer has the
right to enroll.
The examinations for the Greek language certificate are
held twice a year: around
June and September in ATHENS, at the Modern Greek
Language Centre of the
University Campus in Zografou; also, in June and October
in THESSALONIKI, at the Modern Greek Language Centre of
the University of Thessaloniki.
For further information, concerning the language test
and the examinations date, the candidates need to
apply to either the University of Athens or the
Thessaloniki a month before the fixed exam date, to make
sure that they will not miss the deadline of the
If a candidate holds a graduation certificate from a
Greek or Cypriot Lyceum, no language certificate is
According to each Faculty or Department's regulations,
undergo a medical examination before enrolling.
- Foreign students who come from countries which are not
members of the
European Union pay fees so as to cover a small
percentage of both the expenses
of their studies and the books they are granted.
The documents submitted by candidates who have not been
selected in any
School of Higher Education will be returned to the
candidate or to an authorized
person if so requested.
In case the candidate does
not request for his/her
documents to be returned, the latter will be destroyed
in August of the
Foreign (non-European Union) students must bear in mind
that the Ministry of
Education has no authority to grant a VISA or a
stay-permit. The stay-permit
is issued by the Aliens and Immigration Department
(Attica Precinct) only
to those candidates who are admitted to the Higher
Education of Greece,
provided that there are no reasons excluding the
granting of this stay-permit.
It is also noted that according to the Greek
legislation, a stay-permit is not
granted if a student changes Faculty or Department
Students can change Faculty or Department only once: by
submitting a new
application entry form within the year following their
first admission in a
Faculty or Department.