Greece - first cycle programmes

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Country: Greece
Population (mln): 11,32
Official language/s: Greek
Time zone: UTC+1 Winter, UTC+2 Summer
Internet TLD: .gr
Calling code: +30
Member of the EU from: 1st January 1981
Unemployment rate Sep 2011 (%): 17.8
Unemployment rate under 25 years Sep 2011 (%): 46.5
Unemployment rate Sep 2012 (%): 26.0
Unemployment rate under 25 years Sep 2012 (%): 57.6
Population statistics 20-29 age group 2011 (%): 12,4
Country codes in education system: EL
Expected duration of education (years): N/A

Undergraduate degree programmes at universities normally last for four years (eight semesters) and lead to the Ptychio in the relevant field. In Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Engineering and Agricultural Studies, studies last for ten semesters. In Medicine, they last for twelve. The study programme contains compulsory and elective courses.

Each semester, students are required to follow a number of compulsory courses consisting of the core programme and a number of elective courses. The total number of courses to be taken is decided by the respective course programme of the department. In some departments, the submission of a dissertation describing the final (graduation) project is required. For example, the 10th semester of all Engineering Departments is devoted to the preparation of a final year project and the submission of a dissertation.Entrance requirements to the Institutions of Technological Education (TEI) are the same as for universities. 

Studies in TEI last for seven or eight semesters, including the compulsory professional placement and the completion of a graduation project and lead to a Ptychio. Subjects include general compulsory subjects, mandatory elective subjects and optional subjects.The Ptychio qualifies holders for immediate employment. It also allows them to continue their studies in a related university undergraduate course and, at postgraduate level, in a Greek or - mostly - in a foreign university.

Source: Eurydice,
Eurypedia - The European Encyclopedia on National Education Systems , Eurosta,, Agency for Science and Higher Education Croatia, Department of Education and Skills Irelan,  Ministry of Education and Culture - FINLAND
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