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While Greece is a lesser known study abroad destination, it's worth checking out these scholarships that will reduce the financial pressure of studying in Greece. Source: Source: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Did you know that international students pay approximately 1,500 to 9,000 euros annually for their undergraduate or postgraduate studies? That’s true for those who choose to study in Greece.

Pair that with the fact that you could survive under 700 euros a month, including rent for a city centre apartment which would cost between 250 to 450 euros, and it’s not surprising that Greece has become a popular international education hub.

Theodoros Papaioannou, the director of academic affairs at Study in Greece says,  “The country’s 24 universities offer more than 140 programmes taught entirely in English, allowing international students to choose from a wide variety of disciplines from theoretical fields to scientific and technological disciplines,” he explains in a webinar hosted by THE Student.

Top universities include the University of Crete, the National Technical University of Athens, and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, which offers a diverse range of programmes that attract international students to study in Greece.

If the thought of studying in one of the most breathtaking European countries excites you, consider these four scholarships that you can apply to study in Greece for free — or at a much lower cost:

Some of these scholarships cover up to 50% of your tuition fees. Source: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

4 international scholarships to study in Greece for free or at a much lower cost

1. Ulysses Kyriakopoulos Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship intends to support one or more students planning to pursue an MSc at the Alba Graduate Business School.

The scholarship package will cover up to 50% of tuition fees for various MSc programmes. Interested applicants must complete and submit an online application. You should use the notes section or dropdown menu to indicate that you’re applying for the “Ulysses Kyriakopoulos.”

To check the admission criteria for their master’s programme, click here.

The deadline for this scholarship is Sept. 7, 2022.

2. Undergraduate Merit Scholarship

The Modern Greek Language Teaching Centre of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens has offered one merit scholarship to a candidate that pursues their “BA program.d in the Archaeology, History, and Literature of Ancient Greece,” commencing in the fall of 2022.

This award is dedicated to assisting a high-calibre student motivated to develop their knowledge of ancient Greek history and culture. The university will pay a total of 10,000 euros to the chosen applicant.

However, the scholarship will not cover other financial expenses an international student may incur, such as tuition fees, accommodation expenses in Athens, and bank account commitments for a resident permit. While the scholarship applications for the 2022-23 academic year have closed, we recommend you check their website during the next academic year.

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With civilisations dating back 5,000 years, Greece is home to historic sites such as the Acropolis of Athens, Temple of Poseidon, and the Parthenon (built in 5 BC). Source: Aris Messinis/AFP

3. The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), Hellenic-American Scholarship

ACT offers scholarships for full-time students at an accredited institution in the US or Canada of Greek descent that have been accepted into the ACT study abroad programme.

This scholarship will cover half of the tuition for eligible Hellenic-American applicants. This award does not include housing, orientation, field trips and study abroad fees.

For those who are eligible for this scholarship, do apply before Oct. 17, 2022. Click here to view the eligibility guidelines and application procedures.

4. University of Piraeus Scholarship

Eligible students pursuing an MSc in Energy: Strategy, Law & Economics will be awarded scholarships from leading companies and institutions based on their academic performance during the first two semesters.

Renewable Energy Sources Operator & Guarantees of Origin (DAPEEP SA), MYTILINEOS, CNN Greece, and DBG Digital Media are a few companies supporting the MSc programme by granting merit-based scholarships.

This master’s programme is also one of the few programmes in Europe dedicated to Energy Strategy, Law, and Economics.