Too Expensive: Fewer Greeks Studying Abroad

With a crushing economic crisis cutting back purchasing power, fewer Greeks are able to afford going abroad to study at universities.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Education at Glance for 2012 report showed the number of the Greek students abroad is decreasing because of the cost of tuition.

Greece, though, is one of the European countries having a very high rate of student migration and at the same time with a very small number of foreign students coming into the country for studies, as Greek colleges fare poorly for academic excellence.

That also prompts many Greeks to head for schools in Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, France and the United States. When they return, however, their degrees are not recognized by the government if they want public jobs, a violation of European law that remains flagrantly violated.

The students Greece does attract come from poor neighboring countries who make up 78.7 percent of the foreign students in the country, the second-highest in the world after Korea’s rate of 79.2 percent. Greek colleges also suffer frequent shutdowns by students and faculty over various protests.