Who is eligible to attend IST?
a) Undergraduate Programmes (Bachelor's)
Students who have successfully completed High School and have obtained their High School Leaving Certificate (or equivalent certificate).
b) Postgraduate Programmes (Master's)
Students who have completed their undergraduate studies and have obtained their Bachelor's Degree.
What is the Duration of Studies?
Undergraduate Studies (Bachelor's): 3 years
Postgraduate Studies (Master's): 12 – 15 months full time / 18 up to 30 months part-time
Which is the language of tuition?
All programmes for international students are delivered in English.
Students who do not hold an English language certificate e.g. IELTS 6,0-6,5 or Cambridge Proficiency etc. should take a placement English Language Test, upon their arrival. Depending on their results, they will have to attend an English language course. The duration of this course varies from a few months up to a whole academic year. Students are eligible to proceed to their academic programme, provided they have successfully completed their English Foundation Programme.
Who issues the degrees?
All Diplomas, Bachelor's and Master's Degrees are issued and awarded directly by the collaborating Universities and are recognized throughout the world. At the same time, and upon student's request, IST also issues a Certificate of Attendance for the programme that a student has successfully completed.
Do I receive a NARIC Certificate and a Supplement Diploma upon completion of my studies?
IST is a member of the Hellenic College Association (HCA). The Hellenic College Association, representing all its college-members, has signed an agreement with the U.K. National Agency Responsible for the Recognition of International Awards (NARIC). According to this agreement all IST graduates receive, along with their degree, a NARIC Certificate, upon request.
All undergraduate and postgraduate students receive the Supplement Diploma along with their final transcript of results.
When do I have to submit my application to IST?
Until the 1st of September for the academic year beginning in October. Early application is strongly advised as the number of places is limited. Students who miss the deadline, but meet the admissions requirements will receive a letter of admission for the next recruitment period.
Which documents are required to be submitted to IST for admission?
Please refer to section "How to apply"
What is included in annual tuition fees?
- Registration and attendance of your courses from the beginning of October till the end of May
- Participation in the examinations in February, June and September (re-sit exams)
- Coursework supervision, personally by members of the academic staff
- Attendance of support courses in different subjects of your specialization
- Access to the library during your studies and after graduation
- Access to the Computer Lab during your studies
- Access to the virtual managed learning environment of the collaborating Universities
- Participation in the extra curricular activities organised by IST
- Issue of the corresponding certificates of studies, identification cards and degrees
- Meeting at the airport and escort to your temporary or permanent residence
- Support from the IST International Relations Office
Tuition fees do not include any expenses for the purchase of books, photocopies and your participation in excursions or social events organised by the students.
Should you fail a yearly or semester module and need to re-enrol, you will have to pay additional tuition fees for each module.
How can I pay the tuition fees?
First year tuition fees should be paid in advance by bank transfer. The International Relations Office will provide you IST's bank details.
What happens if the Greek Embassy rejects my application for a student-visa?
In case an international student needs a student visa in order to enter Greece and the Greek Embassy rejects the relevant student's application, IST refunds tuition fees paid, provided the candidate sends IST a copy of the rejection letter issued by the Greek Embassy.
How does IST support international students?
All academic and administrative departments of IST implement an open door policy; as a result all students can easily contact IST staff. IST International Relations Office supports and gives instructions and guidelines to all international students over issues related to admission, student visa procedure, residence permit, accommodation, bank accounts etc. In addition, it provides counseling in a wide range of international student everyday issues.
Shall I meet IST Staff at the airport upon my arrival?
Staff from IST's International Relations Office will meet you at the airport and will drive you to the permanent or temporary residence. This service is provided free of charge on condition that you have informed the International Relations Office at least 15 days before arrival (the student is required to send a copy of the flight-ticket by fax or e-mail, for the attention of the International Relations Office) .
Depending on the amount of money students can afford, IST assists them in renting a house or sharing accommodation, which is less expensive. In any case, accommodation depends on availability.
Cost of Living
Cost of living heavily depends on personal criteria. However, living and studying in Greece for international students who wish to obtain a British degree is much less compared to the cost of study in the United Kingdom or in other European Countries.
In addition to the tuition fees, international students will approximately need an amount between 6.000 and 9.800 € euros. This amount covers student's annual living expenses, including rent, operational costs, electricity, water, tickets for transportation means, meals etc. Note that during the first days of your stay you may have to spend a larger amount of money, as you will have to make arrangements for your new house and the procedures related to your residence permit.
What clothes and things may be useful to bring?
Due to the Mediterranean climate of Greece (see also section Climate) you will need both summer and winter clothes and shoes.
In Greek shops, malls, and supermarkets you will be able to buy whatever is necessary for your studies (e.g. stationery) or for your everyday life. If you are going to rent an unfurnished flat, you will definitely have to buy some furniture e.g. bed, desk, chairs, refrigerator, electric stove, cutlery and crockery along with bed linen and towels, etc .As a result, make sure that you bring enough money to cover these one-off expenses.
It is also necessary to bring along your ID card and your passport.
I am a non-E.U. student. Do I have the right to work while I am studying?
According to the Greek law, international students who have received a student visa as well as a student residence permit are allowed to work part -time in Greece. Part-time employment is considered to be 20 hours per week at a maximum. Permission from local authorities is necessary.
If you need any further information or clarification, wish to receive IST brochures or submit your application, please contact the International Relations Office at IST.
International Relations and European Programmes Office
72, Pireos str, 183 46 Athens Greece