Which Countries Greeks Choose for Their Studies



greek-students-abroadDespite the economic crisis and high cost of tuition and residence, the United Kingdom still remains the first choice for Greeks who wish to study abroad.

The Greek Parliament has received data from the National Academic Recognition Information Center (Hellenic NARIC) regarding the number of applications for certificate recognition by students who had studied abroad.

The data was provided following a request by Former Parliamentary speaker Apostolos Kaklamanis who sought to highlight the effect that the economic crisis was having on the higher education of young people studying abroad. “The economic crisis and its consequences on the available income of the majority of families has rendered it impossible for the majority of Greeks to stay and continue their studies at higher education institutions in Europe and America… Many of those, even at a very advanced stage, return, following many years of financial losses for their families and with consequent feelings of hopelessness and futility about their future.”

Kaklamanis has proposed the creation of a new mechanism which will facilitate the continuation and completion of studies for students abroad who are truly unable to afford the cost of foreign universities and technical colleges, based on objective academic and socio-economic criteria.

Greek Education Minister Andreas Loverdos provided NARIC’s data to the Parliament, noting, however, that the record only “provides an indirect measure of the proportion of Greek students in different countries, because not all Greek students studying abroad need to apply for official recognition of their degrees in order to be employed. It provides a rough indication of which countries host the most Greek students.”

Here is the list of the top 15 countries that Greeks prefer for their studies, categorized according to the different types of degrees.

 

Undergraduate degrees

UNITED KINGDOM: 2475 applications

ITALY: 925

CYPRUS: 559

BULGARIA: 392

USA: 389

FRANCE: 256

RUSSIA: 237

GERMANY: 236

ROMANIA: 213

TURKEY: 171

UKRAINE: 151

SERBIA: 120

ALBANIA: 84

CANADA: 69

HUNGARY: 61

Other countries: 884

Total: 6338 applications

 

Post-graduate degrees

UNITED KINGDOM: 5.758 applications

ITALY: 1014

CYPRUS: 910

USA: 700

FRANCE: 641

BULGARIA: 578

THE NETHERLANDS: 441

GERMANY: 286

SPAIN: 162

BELGIUM: 155

SERBIA: 97

SWEDEN: 74

AUSTRIA: 73

ROMANIA: 61

SWITZERLAND: 40

Other countries: 920

Total: 10.990 applications

 

Doctorates

UNITED KINGDOM: 762 applications

GERMANY: 188

FRANCE: 163

USA: 149

ROMANIA: 61

ITALY: 44

THE NETHERLANDS: 34

BULGARIA: 33

SPAIN: 33

SWITZERLAND: 26

BELGIUM: 15

AUSTRIA: 14

SWEDEN: 12

CANADA: 11

AUSTRALIA: 10

Other countries: 69

Total: 1555 applications


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