What is “Study in Greece”

“Study in Greece" (SiG) is a non-profit organization, consisting of members from the Greek academic community, aiming to operate as a cultural and educational bridge between Greece and other countries. Part of its core mission is:

  • the provision of information for studying and living in Greece
  • the organization, promotion and support of educational and cultural opportunities and activities in Greece for international students,
  • the promotion, support and organization of educational and cultural programs and activities,
  • the organization and implementation of study abroad programs, connecting Greek and international educational organizations, fostering the exchange and mobility of students and the networking of the academic society.

SiG was initiated in December 2014 as a voluntary action, consisting of faculty members and university students from Greek public universities. In 2017 it became a non-profit organization, representing all Greek Higher Education Institutes and aiming to cover the lack of information regarding studies in Greece, as this was a continuous demand of the Embassies and Diplomatic Authorities of Greece abroad. Additionally, SiG aims to fulfill the need for a “one stop shop” for the provision of information regarding studies and higher education institutes in Greece, the organization of educational activities, such as study abroad programs, summer/ winter schools, workshops, conferences, etc. and the academic networking between Greek and international researchers. SiG also aspires to become the point of reference for the Greeks abroad, who can find useful information about studies and educational activities, as for example heritage schools.

The action is under the auspices of the Greek Ministries of Foreign Affairs (http://www.mfa.gr), Education and Religious Affairs (http://www.minedu.gov.gr) and Tourism (http://www.mintour.gr). The SiG portal constitutes the official source of information regarding studies in Greece. The Ministries, as well as Greek Embassies and Diplomatic Authorities of Greece abroad, host a link to the Study in Greece portal on the homepage of their web sites, while SiG’s monthly newsletter is emailed to all Greek Universities Faculty members by the Ministry of Education. SiG is continuously expanding its worldwide network of collaborating organizations, universities and educational and cultural organizations, through the signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs).

SiG action is supported by two Advisory Boards, the Academic and the Operational Advisory Board. They consist of academics over a wide range of fields, from both Greek and international Universities, as well as experienced professionals related to educational and cultural organizations, all sharing the same vision, to make Greek an international educational destination and choice.

Apart from a hub of information promoting educational activities of Greek and international educational institutions, Study in Greece can also offer a wide range of services, as it can plan, organize and implement various educational activities, such as Study Abroad Programs, Conferences / Summits/ Workshops, Summer / Winter Schools / Travel Study Programs / Internships, etc. all programs are implemented in collaboration with Greek Universities and educational organizations. The added value and the success of these programs can be better ensured with the participation of academics, faculty members and undergraduate or graduate students from Greek educational institutions, providing a faster cultural immersion and a better overall experience to the foreign participants and acting as constant contacts with the people, landscapes, monuments, history and every-day life of Greece. In addition this immersion supports the development of networking opportunities between visiting researchers and Greek faculty and/or educational institutions.

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Our vision
  • Contribute to the international spread of the Greek culture.
  • Support in making Greece a favorite destination for higher studies among international students.
  • Extend the provided information and support to include refugees and people seeking international protection.
  • Create a European and International network of higher education institutions to support student mobility.
  • Develop and implement various educational activities such as summer / winter schools, summits, workshops and other templates of study abroad programs, in collaboration with international partners.
The situation

Potential international students, face a number of important problems, such as:

  • There is little, or no, knowledge about Greece, the Greek Universities and the advantages of studying here (e.g. no fees, free books for the undergraduates, opportunity for free accommodation, etc.)
  • The choice of the country, the department, and the city of studies are often chosen by chance, since there is not adequate information at the countries of origin.
  • They don’t know the Greek language.
  • They don’t usually ensure accommodation, even for the first days, prior to their departure.
  • They have no knowledge for living in Greece, the costs of living, the culture, and other important similar issues.
  • They face practical and every day’s living problems, such as registration to the University Department, public transportation, health care, Visa issue, etc.

Our University international students pointed out the lack of information and support and we decided to take an initiative and develop a project in order to:

  • Provide information about studying and living in Greece
  • Help decisions for the most suitable department
  • Provide practical advice for the international students, both new and existing, to enjoy their studying time in Greece.
  • Answer the questions students and their parents have, regarding studying and living abroad.
What can Study in Greece offer

Study in Greece has developed collaborations with many Greek universities and colleges and has signed a number of MoUs, aiming to develop and implement various educational activities such as summer / winter schools, summits, workshops and other templates of study abroad programs. An indicative, not exhaustive, list of the services Study in Greece can provide include:

  • Promotion of the activities of the Greek educational institutes, such as winter and summer schools, conferences, woskshops, etc., as well as the activities of international universities in terms of study abroad programs in Greece, thus acting as a point of reference for this kind of information.
  • Offering consultation during the planning process of the programs (helping with the itinerary, venues, lodging and transportation solutions, permissions related to museums, archaeological sites, etc.) and make the appropriate arrangements
  • Creating contacts with Greek academics and educational organizations -always based on the program design and goals- (invite academics to teach courses, offer masterclasses, workshops, guest lectures, etc.).
  • Working with Program Directors and Faculty to evaluate the programs and propose improvements in future cycles.
  • Working with stakeholders to develop innovative program components that will connect the goals and the curricula of the Programs with the modern culture, socio-economic situation, and every-day life in Greece.
  • Developing side events that will support the outreach of the program in the local/Greek community (e.g. every program should have an open event or offer a workshop to students etc.).
  • Designing community service related activities.
  • Adding and promoting the programs through the SiG and additional portals
  • Providing support services for students such as pre-departure material, arrival meet-and-assist services, obtaining Greek telephone numbers, access to money, assistance to find accommodation, physiologic assistance, nutrition advices, etc.

Organization, teaching and hosting can be based on the already existing collaborations between universities and academics from the Greek Universities and other educational institutions and will be fully supported by SIG’s team members, associates and their experience.

The success of these programs can be further strengthened with the participation of Greek undergraduate or graduate students, who will provide a faster cultural immersion and a better overall experience to the foreign participants, acting as constant contacts with the people, landscapes, monuments, history, and every-day life of Greece.

Board of directors

  • Christos Michalakelis
    (Co-Founder)
    Project Manager

     

    Assistant Professor
    Harokopio University of Athens
    Department of Informatics & Telematics

    Contact

    Email: michalak@studyingreece.edu.gr

  • Georgios Chatzithanasis
    (Co-Founder)
    Public Relations Manager

     

    PhD Candidate, Informatics & Telematics, Harokopio University of Athens

  • Nikos Alamanos
    (Co-Founder)
    Application Developer Manager

     

    MSc, Informatics & Telematics,
    Harokopio University of Athens

  • Stelina Liberopoulou
    (Co-Founder)
    Web Developer & Art Director

     

    MSc, Informatics & Telematics,
    Harokopio University of Athens



Team members

  • Theodoros Papaioannou
    Academic Affairs Coordinator

    PhD on Philosophy and Sociology in the digital era,
    International Affairs specialist.

  • Evi Kogia
    Mobile Developer & Sponsorships and Donations

    MSc, Informatics & Telematics,
    Harokopio University of Athens

  • Ioanna Karali
    Social Media Group

    MSc student, Informatics & Telematics,
    Harokopio University of Athens

  • Ilias Vlachos
    Application Developer

    BSc, Informatics & Telematics,
    Harokopio University of Athens

  • Vangelis Kotselas
    Social Media Group

    BSc Student, Informatics & Telematics,
    Harokopio University of Athens


Earlier Members

We thank you for all your assistance!

Alexandros Liberopoulos (Application Developer), Aras Hemati (Refugees Content Manager), James Konstantinidis (Digital Media Supervisor), Katerina Vasileiou (Legal Counsel & Social Media Editor) Nikos Kapetanas (Application Developer), Nikos Kokinis (Refugees Content Developer), Persefoni Mitropoulou (Content Producer), Rafaela Chourdaki (Social Media Analyst)

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