School attendance is compulsory for the first 10 years of school, provided that the child is at the appropriate age. Attendance of one year in kindergarten, six years in primary school (Dimotiko) and three years in Lower Secondary School (Gymnasium) is compulsory, while attendance of three years in Upper Secondary School (Lyceum) is optional. Please find below the structure of the country’s educational system in detail.
a) Child Care Centers and Nursery schools
Children under 4 years old can go to kindergartens or nursery schools which operate in every municipality of the country. They are open from 7:00 until 16:00 and they offer children breakfast and lunch. The children are entitled to go to a municipal child care center depending on the income criteria of their parents (or guardians). The supervision of the Child Care and Nursery Schools belongs to the 1st degree Local Administration, namely the Municipalities .1 .
b) The pre-school education in Greece starts at the age of 4 and the children may be eligible for enrollment in kindergartens. Attendance is compulsory for the children who are over five years old.
Free access for children to any level of education depending on their age is an obligation of the Greek Sate. However, the available places in the Child Care Centers of big cities are limited. Thus, certain criteria have been imposed on the children’s enrollment depending on:
Note:The exclusion of immigrant-origin children from the nursery schools in the country’s Municipalities is considered discriminatory and you can report it to the competent services. You will find a detailed list of legal advisory services at the end of the guide you hold in your hands.
The stage that follows the preschool education is the six years of compulsory attendance at Primary School - Dimotiko, which belongs to primary education.
a) Lower Secondary School - Gymnasium:
The three-year attendance in Gymnasium is the last period of compulsory education and is a prerequisite for registration and attendance at General and Vocational Lyceums. Evening Gymnasiums operate in parallel with the Day ones, at which the attendance starts at the age of 14.
b) Upper Secondary School - Lyceum:
The second level of secondary education is not compulsory, lasts three years and includes two branches:
The students are enrolled in both General and Vocational Lyceums at the age of 15. Evening General Lyceums and Evening Vocational Lyceums operate in parallel with the Day ones, while the minimum age for enrollment in the Evening Vocational Lyceums is 16 years.
Higher education is the last level of the formal educational system and includes the University and Technological Sector. The University sector includes the Universities, Technical Universities and the School of Fine Arts, while the Technological sector includes the Technological Educational Institutes (Τ.Ε.Ι.) and the Higher School of Pedagogical & Technological Education (ASPETE).
Students may enter the Universities, Technical Universities and Technological Educational Institutes (Τ.Ε.Ι.) through the Entrance Examinations system, while the Schools of Fine Arts and ASPETE have their own entrance examinations system.
PRIMARY EDUCATION (PRIMARY SCHOOLS-DIMOTIKA) :
|Primary School of Intercultural Education of Alsoupoli||18 Eleftherias St., 14235 – Nea Ioniafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Primary School of Intercultural Education of Amfithea||3 Tyrinthos St., 17564 – Paleo Faliroemail@example.com|
|87th Primary School of Intercultural Education||58 Orfeos St., 11854 – Votanikosfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Primary School of Intercultural Education of Thessaloniki||Kapatou & Galanaki St., Thessaloniki, email@example.com|
|3rd Primary School of Intercultural Education of Menemeni of Thessaloniki||58 Kolokotroni & Konstantinoupoleos St., 54628 – Menemenifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|5th Primary School of Intercultural Education of Menemeni of Thessaloniki||1 Megalou Alexandrou & Agiou Nektariou St., 54628 – Menemeniemail@example.com|
|Intercultural Primary School of Neoi Epivates||1 Scholion St., Νeoi Epivates, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|6th Intercultural Primary School of Evosmos of Thessaloniki||Eirinis & Makedonomachon St., Evosmos, Thessaloniki – 56224||2310764235 email@example.com
|6th Intercultural Primary School of Eleftherio-Kordelio of Thessaloniki||18 Davaki St., 56334, Eleftherio – Kordelio||2310761420
|16th Intercultural Primary School of Chania||111 An. Mantaka St., Chania – firstname.lastname@example.org
SECONDARY EDUCATION (GYMNASIUMS AND LYCEUMS) :
|2nd Gymnasium of Intercultural Education of Acharnes of Attica||Agiou Dionysiou & Aigaiou Pelagous St., 13671, Acharnes Atticaemail@example.com
|2nd Gymnasium of Intercultural Education of Athens||4 Epirou St., Athens – firstname.lastname@example.org|
|2ο Gymnasium of Intercultural Education of Elliniko||8 31st St., 16777 Ellinikoemail@example.com|
|2ο General Lyceum of Intercultural Education of Elliniko/td>||8 31st St., 16777 Elliniko||Tel.:2109626716
|Gymnasium of Intercultural Education of Eastern Thessaloniki||8 Ethnikis Aminas St., Thessaloniki P.C. firstname.lastname@example.org
|General Lyceum of Intercultural Education of Eastern Thessaloniki||8 Ethnikis Aminas St., Thessaloniki P.C. email@example.com
|Intercultural Gymnasium of Evosmos||Kolokotroni & Erotokritou St., 56224 Evosmos||WEBSITE:http://gymdiapevosm.blogspot.gr/|
|General Lyceum of Intercultural Education of Evosmos||3 Piniou St., 56224 Evosmos||2310703221||WEBSITE:http://lyk-diap-v-thess.thess.sch.gr/index.php|
|Gymnasium of Intercultural Education of Sapes of Rhodope||1 Gymnasiarchi V. Koutoumani St., Sapes - P.C. 69300||Tel: 25320-22041
|General Lyceum of Intercultural Education of Sapes of Rhodope||1 Gymnasiarchi V. Koutoumani St., Sapes - P.C. 69300||Tel:2532022640
|2nd Gymnasium of Intercultural Education of Ioannina||4-6 G. Papandreou St., 45444 Ioannina||Tel.& Fax: 2651025054||WEBSITE:firstname.lastname@example.org|
Along with the operation of Intercultural Schools there are new programs in the classes of typical school aiming at a smoother and more equal integration of foreign and remigrant students, as well as students that are not native Greek and cannot meet the language requirements of the class corresponding to their age.
These are two Reception Classes (Ι and ΙΙ) and one Tutorial Class.
These classes are available in schools that are integrated into the so-called ZEP (Zones of Educational Priority) 2, which were established in 2010 in areas where the following have been observed:
1. In Reception Class Ι :
The following are required in order for a student to join a Reception Class:
3. Tutorial Classes
A decision by the teacher’s association, following a recommendation by the Director of the school unit, is required for the operation of the Tutorial Classes.
The decision of the teachers’ association includes:
The overall objectives of ZEP schools are:
The operation of these programs is subject to the principles of intercultural education. Their main tool is the acknowledgment, the development of respect and the acceptance of the linguistic and cultural diversity of students and taking advantage of this diversity for the benefit of the entire educational process.
The main objectives of these programs are:
Β) Intercultural Schools, Reception Classes and Remedial Tutorial Classes
Apart from the general structure of Greek educational system, some municipalities, according to the needs of the immigrant population, operate Schools of Intercultural Education which meet the educational needs of children who are not native Greek and/or come from different cultural backgrounds. The basic principles of Intercultural Education are:
Yes! The children that come to Greece at a young age can learn the Greek language at school and through social interaction by living for some years in Greece. But what about older citizens of third countries who want to learn Greek?
Learning the Greek language is useful for the everyday life of any permanent resident in Greece. The certification through examinations of adequate knowledge of the Greek language (comprehension and production), both in writing and orally, is a prerequisite for the citizens of third countries to obtain long-term resident status. What is more, for the granting of citizenship through naturalization an emphasis is placed on the adequate knowledge (oral and written) of the language, as you may read in the relevant section of this guide.
The most systematic and extensive program throughout Greece of free courses for learning Greek as a foreign language is organized by the Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation (IVEDIVIM) and is called “ODYSSEUS” project. It is addressed to citizens of the European Union (EU) and third-country nationals irrespective of their origin, from the age of 16 and over, without any discrimination, who reside legally in Greece. Apart from learning the Greek as a second (or foreign) language, the Greek history as well as aspects of Greek culture are taught in “Odysseus” project. The aim is the student/s to acquire language skills and practices, social and intercultural skills in order for them to understand the Greek society and be integrated, both they and their families, actively in that. The completion of the planned course of study provides the students with the opportunity to participate in the Examination for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek at level A2, General Secretariat for Lifelong Learning.
One of the central bodies certifying the level of attainment in Greek is the Modern Greek Language Teaching Centre of The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The Teaching Centre provides courses of learning Greek as a foreign language and aspects of Greek culture. Students are required to pay tuition fees to attend the courses. It is the largest and oldest Greek Teaching Centre in the world. Many of its graduates are today teachers of Modern Greek and Philology at Universities throughout the world, members of the diplomatic corps in their own countries, church leaders, renowned scientists, company managers, respected artists and business professionals.
The Teaching Centre operates under the auspices of the Interdepartmental Program for the Teaching of Modern Greek as a second/foreign language along with the similarly titled Master's Degree Program of the Department of Philology and the Department of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology.
The objectives of the Teaching Centre are:
A department of teaching Greek Language as a foreign language operates in Thessaloniki since 2015 which offers distance learning courses via the internet.
School of Modern Greek Language of AUTH
Tel.: 2310 997158,
Administration Building "Κ. Karatheodori"
[You may find more information and the submission form in the website http://smg.web.auth.gr/wordpress/?page_id=3898]
Yes! – The Second Chance Schools operate for this purpose
The Second Chance School is a public Adult Education School. It is addressed to citizens over 18 years old, who have not completed the compulsory secondary education.
The total duration of the program is 18 months, namely 2 school years (from September to June). Following the successful attendance, an equivalent degree to that of Gymnasium is granted.
The curriculum differs from that of the formal education in terms of content, teaching methodology and assessment of the students. The weekly schedule consists of 25 hours and the classes are held in the afternoon (except schools operating in prisons were the courses are offered in the morning), from Monday to Friday. The courses that are taught are:
Particular emphasis is placed on the acquisition of basic skills and the development of personal skills. The acquisition of general knowledge, the use of new technologies, the learning of a foreign language and the counselling in professional orientation significantly improve the access to the labour market.
58 Second Chance Schools operate throughout Greece, 7 of which meet the educational needs of inmates in the country’s prisons. You may find a detailed list of the Second Chance Schools as well as other information about the program on the website http://www.inedivim.gr/index.php/sde
SECOND CHANCE SCHOOLS
|1. REGION OF EASTERN MACEDONIA AND THRACE|
|SCS OF ALEXANDROUPOLIS||TEL.: 25510 89804|
|SCS OF DRAMA||TEL.: 25210 26880|
|SCS OF KAVALA||TEL.: 2510 245001|
|SCS OF KOMOTINI||TEL.: 25310 83414|
|SCS OF XANTHI||TEL.: 25410 84366|
|SCS OF ORESTIADA||TEL.: 25520 23393|
|SCS OF SAPES||TEL.: 25320 21110|
|2. REGION OF ATTICA|
|SCS OF ACHARNES||TEL.: 210 2409737|
|SCS OF AGIOI ANARGYROI||TEL.: 210 8323941|
|SCS OF KALLITHEA||TEL.: 210 9533008|
|1st SCS OF KORYDALLOS||TEL.: 210 5693520|
|SCS OF PALLINI||TEL.: 210 6669129|
|SCS OF PIRAEUS||TEL.: 210 4935600|
|SCS OF PERISTERI||TEL.: 210 5319749|
|2nd SCS OF KORYDALLOS (PRISON)||TEL.: 210 4963972|
|3. REGION OF NORTHERN AEGEAN|
|SCS OF MYTILENE||TEL.: 22510 37401|
|SCS OF SAMOS||TEL.: 22730 24830|
|SCS OF CHIOS||TEL.: 22710 81860|
|4. REGION OF WESTERN GREECE|
|SCS OF AGRINIO||TEL.: 26410 56100|
|SCS OF PATRAS||TEL.: 2610 462086|
|SCS OF PYRGOS||TEL.: 26210 20350|
|5. REGION OF WESTERN MACEDONIA|
|SCS OF KASTORIA||TEL.: 24670 21001|
|SCS OF KOZANI||TEL.: 24610 41077|
|SCS OF FLORINA||TEL.: 23850 44858|
|1st SCS OF GREVENA (PRISON)||TEL.: 2462083656|
|6. REGION OF EPIRUS|
|SCS OF ARTA||TEL.: 26810 74354|
|SCS OF IOANNINA||TEL.: 26510 65187|
|7. REGION OF THESSALY|
|SCS OF VOLOS||TEL.: 24210 48762|
|SCS OF KARDITSA||TEL.: 24410 73995|
|1st SCS OF LARISSA||TEL.: 2410 670950|
|1st SCS OF TRIKALA||TEL.: 24310 31080|
|2nd SCS OF LARISSA (PRISON)||TEL.: 2410 671065|
|2nd SCS OF TRIKALA (PRISON)||TEL.: 24310 87691|
|8. REGION OF THE IONIAN ISLANDS|
|SCS OF CORFU||TEL.: 26610 44997|
|9. REGION OF CENTRAL MACEDONIA|
|SCS OF GIANNITSA||TEL.: 23820 81010|
|2nd SCS OF THESSALONIKI||TEL.: 2310 254565|
|SCS OF KATERINI||TEL.: 23510 22744|
|SCS OF NAOUSA||TEL.: 23320 52161|
|1st SCS OF THESSALONIKI (NEAPOLI)||TEL.: 2310 672715|
|SCS OF SERRES||TEL.: 23210 58811|
|3rd SCS OF THESSALONIKI (DIAVATES PRISON)||TEL.: 2310 753580|
|10. REGION OF CRETE|
|SCS OF IERAPETRA||TEL.: 28420 89736|
|SCS OF RETHYMNO||TEL.: 28310 35519|
|SCS OF TYLISOS||TEL.: 2810 831145|
|SCS OF CHANIA||TEL.: 28210 52132|
|11. REGION OF SOUTHERN AEGEAN|
|SCS OF RHODES||TEL.: 22410 23585|
|SCS OF SYROS||TEL.: 22810 87660|
|12. REGION OF PELOPONNESE|
|SCS OF ASSOS LECHAIO||TEL.: 27410 86880|
|SCS OF KALAMATA||TEL.: 27210 80425|
|SCS OF NAFPLIO||TEL.: 27520 99484|
|SCS OF SPARTI||TEL.: 27310 28825|
|SCS OF TRIPOLI||TEL.: 2710 222757|
|13. REGION OF CENTRAL GREECE|
|SCS OF ALIVERI||TEL.: 22230 29824|
|SCS OF AMFISSA||TEL.: 22650 79298|
|SCS OF LAMIA||TEL.: 22310 66028|
|SCS OF ORCHOMENOS||TEL.: 22610 39045|
|1st SCS OF DOMOKOS (PRISON)||TEL.: 22320 22046|
|1st SCS OF ELEONAS THIVA (PRISON)||TEL.: 22620 71918|
Yes! Several public and private organizations are involved in the education of adult citizens in Greece, such as the Second Chance Schools which operate under the auspices of INEDIVIM. Another entity that provides education to adults is OAED3 (which organizes educational programs for the unemployed).
Public and private Vocational Training Institutes (Ι.Ε.Κ.)4, as well as private entities such as the Κ.Ε.Κ. (Vocational Training Centres) and the Κ.Ε.Ε. (Adult Education Centres5) are also active in the areas of education and adult training.These centers often undertake educational programs targeting vulnerable or socially excluded groups such as the unemployed or immigrants. The programs of ΚΕΕ and ΚΕΚ are funded by various bodies that promote the education and employment relationship, or promote integration policies and do not require tuition fees.
In addition, several programs offered are subsidized under policies relating to the connection between education and work. In these programs, once the trainees have finished their training cycle, they are placed as apprentices on jobs similar to the content of their courses. This type of education with “training vouchers” is subsidized and the trainees are paid for their participation, but the remuneration package is quite lower than that they would get if they worked normally in the same company.
You may find a complete list of the Κ.Ε.Κ. operating in the country on the website https://www.voucher.gov.gr/kek/index/pid/1 where you can search for the ΚΕΚ/ΚΕΕ of vocational training based on where you reside.
DOATAP (Hellenic National Academic Recognition Information Centre – NARIC) is the organization responsible for the recognition of degrees (undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral) from countries other than Greece6. You may find useful information on the organization's website (http://www.doatap.gr/) where you can see the educational institutions recognized in Greece, download the applications for the recognition and equivalency of the degree and grades awarded, find the lists with the necessary documents and the fees to be paid for the relevant procedure. Due to the fact that the university or technological degrees are examined individually (especially the unrecognized ones), you should visit the organization’s website or offices to get informed about your case.
Address: 54 Ag. Konstantinou St.
P.C. 104 37
Tel.: 210 5281000 (operating hours: 09.00-14.00)
FAX: 210 5239525
Address: Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace – Government House
P.C. 541 23
Tel.: 2310 379 371, 2310 379 373, 2310 379 106
FAX: 2310 379374