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Greece: first English-taught UG at a public uni

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (EKPA) will launch its first undergraduate degree fully taught in English this semester – the country’s first undergraduate course at a public university using English as the medium of instruction.

The course aims to teach up to 100 students from non-EU countries per year. Photo: Wikimedia

“Archaeology and Greek culture is the most important scientific field where we need an English-language program”

The program, focusing on Archaeology, History, and Literature of Ancient Greece, is taught over four years – eight semesters – and features trips to the country’s archaeology sites including Delos, Santorini, Crete, Delphi and Vergina.

“Archaeology and Greek culture is the most important scientific field where we need an English-language program addressed to foreign students,” Athens University rector Thanos Dimopoulos told English-language daily Kathimerini when the course was announced in 2018.

The BA Program in the Archaeology, History and Literature of Ancient Greece at EKPA will enrol up to 100 students per year, and fees will be €8,000.

Like the country’s other 23 public universities, EKPA has previously only offered English-taught courses at a masters level.

The Greek constitution allows private institutions, known as colleges, to collaborate with foreign universities to offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Examples include the American College of Greece, the Mediterranean College or AAS College.

CITY College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, also offers English-taught undergraduate courses at its Thessaloniki campus in northern Greece.

According to reports, the new BA degree was created with the International Hellenic University of Thessaloniki, and will be exclusively for non-EU citizens.

EKPA is also working to introduce further English-taught undergraduate degrees, notably in the field of Orthodox Christian Studies.

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