1. Grants and Scholarships
- Tuition to undergraduate courses are free so far at public institutions. Graduate courses are not free but reasonably priced, in the range of 2000-3000 euros total for a two year master program. Meals and housing may also be provided, depending on the student’s family income and the pre-conditions set by each academic institution. Students are entitled to reduced fare on public transport. Those wishing to attend Greek language courses are expected to pay some fees, and foreign students may be required to make a financial contribution to cover the operating expenses of the study programme they are attending (the contribution is fixed by the state).
- Government granted scholarships. For the 2011-2012 academic year no scholarships were granted, http://www.minedu.gov.gr/english.html.
- Scholarships for foreign graduate and post-graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts, application is February 29th for the following academic year, http://www.onassis.gr/en/scholarships-foreigners.php.
- Other scholarships listed:
- http://www.helleniccomserve.com/scholarships.html#Greek State Scholarship Foundation (Please be aware that some of these listed may be out of date, but may be a good resource to find current listings.)
2. Helpful websites for studying or working
- Studying: http://www.studyingreece.gr/Bachelors/default.aspx?pid=2145&langid=76
- Working: http://www.workingreece.net/
3. General Application Deadlines
- Applications are generally received from June to September. Many programs require either an interview or written exam, which are given sometime during the summer, depending on the program.
- Once you have been accepted into a degree program you may spend one year learning Greek in order to pass the Greek proficiency exam before actually beginning your program. A one-year Greek class at the University of Athens costs approximately $800. The one-year program begins in early October. You apply in mid-September. There is also a half-year intensive course from December to May. The application deadline is in mid-November.
4. Student Visa Process and Deadlines
- Once you have all the necessary documents, getting a visa will only take a few days. Some Greek consulates require that you personally walk in with your papers, while others are willing to take your application by mail. There are consulates in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tampa, Atlanta, and Houston. You can find their contact info and states of jurisdiction at: http://www.greekembassy.org/embassy/content/en/Article.aspx?office=1&folder=29&article=138.
- You can find the required documents for the visa listed at: http://www.greekembassy.org/embassy/content/en/Article.aspx?office=8&folder=1021&article=24851. A few more tips below:
- acceptance letter from university
- FBI criminal background check – There are two ways to go about doing this. You can go down to your local police station and get your fingerprints taken. There is usually a minimal charge for this. Then you can send them directly to the FBI. They will mail you back the results. This costs $18, but they are slow in processing. Results can take up to 2 months. If you need faster results you can use a FBI-approved service that will expedite the process for you. These services cost approximately $50 (including the FBI fee) and take about a week. You can find all the information you need on the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/background-chec
- Proof of medical insurance for your entire stay in Greek – You can get expat medical insurance pretty cheaply. One year coverage for a male or female between the ages of 20-29 is approximately $500. The saints have used an agency called Global Medical Security and have been pleased with their services. Their website is http://www.globalmedicalsecurity.com/plans_long_term.ht
- A notarized letter from your parents pledging financial support. Your parents don’t actually have to be the ones supporting you but this is the simplest way to satisfy their financial requirements.
- Parents’ bank statements
- Parents’ W2 forms for the last 2 years
- Visas are generally granted for 3 months. After arriving in Greece, you will need to apply for a 1-year resident permit. This permit is then renewable yearly for as long as you are enrolled in your degree program.