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Study in Greece

Want to study in Greece, the very birthplace of academia (or, in Ancient Greek, Akadēmía)? This Mediterranean country is widely recognized as the intellectual wellspring to which modern Western culture owes many of its linguistic, philosophical, cultural, legal, social and ethical beliefs and systems. Concepts of individualism, freedom, democracy and government all have their roots in the great thinkers of Ancient Greece, whose ideas are still widely read and debated today. Keen to follow in the footsteps of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus and so many other great questioners and innovators – while enjoying some delicious Greek cuisine, sunny weather and lively cities? Read on…

Fast Facts

  • Republic, with the president serving as head of state (current incumbent is Prokopis Pavlopoulos)
  • Official name is the Hellenic Republic, and official language is Greek (also called Hellenic).
  • As well as the mainland, Greece is made up of more than 2,000 islands, of which approximately 170 are populated.
  • Bordered by Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey
  • Population of around 11 million
  • The modern Greek state was established in 1830.
  • Voting is required by law.
  • 17.5 million tourists visit Greece annually.
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Eastern European Time (UTC+2), switching to Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3) between March and October 
  • Official religion: Orthodox Christianity
  • Nearly 80% of Greece is mountainous.
  • Approximately 98% of the people in Greece are ethnic Greeks. Turks form the largest minority group.
  • More than 250 days of sunshine a year.
  • Home to 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.