Greece as a Study Destination
Landing in a foreign country and getting used to living in an all new environment is altogether a big challenge for everyone. The page gives a proper guide to face some common challenges of studying and also living in a beautiful place like Greece.
Learn the Native Language- Greek
Learning a foreign language is difficult for everyone. But, as they say ‘language cannot be a barrier’, it becomes a lot easier if you start learning Greek in a more efficient way. Modern Greek is actually a southern dialect which is now spoken by most people throughout Greece, but it is also to be noted that in some parts of the country languages and dialects such as Turkish and Albanian are spoken.
English is also a widely spoken language in resorts and major cities in Greece, and it is widely taught in schools. However, in remote areas of Greece, it isn't so easy to find someone who speaks English. And unfortunately, many residents (which include mostly the British) make the least effort to learn more than a few words of Greek and live life as if they were on a brief holiday. Therefore, for anyone living in Greece, learning the Greek language should not at all be seen as an option, but rather considered a a necessity.
Education in Greece
Greece is home to some of the best universities and colleges that the country can boast of. The Greek education system is comparable to that of other developed countries in the world and is pretty good considering the large number of pupils attending private schools.
Public Education in Greece
The Pre-school education in Greece is voluntary, but slowly has been made compulsory throughout the country. The mandatory education starts at the age of six in primary schools and it continues through the lower secondary school.
It is to be noted that more than 90% schools in Greece are public and over 90% of all pupils attend a public institution in Greece. The Constitution of Greece grants free public education to all its citizens, including those immigrants who have been living in Greece permanently.
Private Education in Greece
All levels of education are offered by private schools in Greece. They have different tuition languages and educational programmes. Since most of the schools in Greece are public, only 7% of schools are included in the private category and also only 7% of pupils attends compulsory education in private educational institutions. The Private institutions offer different levels of education and are mostly the branches of American and UK schools. These schools charge tuition fees somewhere between 1.500€ and 13.000€ annually depending on the school and the grade.
Money Matters about Greece
Greece is known for having good banking facilities. One can also easily open a bank account in Greece whether he/she is a resident or a non-resident of Greece. There are a total of 20 domestic banks operating all around Greece and are divided into two groups: viz. specialized credit institutions and commercial banks.
Health Insurance in Greece
Health is the most precious thing that a person possesses. Hence, one of the most important things when going abroad is to make it sure that you are covered in case of illness or accidents. It is not required to register with a doctor in Greece and one may choose a doctor, dentist or any other specialist from the approved IKA list.
It is also very important for everyone traveling to Greece to have health insurance, because if you’re uninsured or under-insured you could be faced with some very high medical bills.
Housing & Rentals
Finding an accommodation
in a foreign land can altogether be a time-consuming process. Given below are the two types of rentals that are available in Greece.
Long-term Rentals (One year or longer)
Greece has long term rentals which are for a period of one year or longer.
Short-term Rentals (Up to a year)
The short-term rentals are always fully furnished and are usually for a periods of up to a year.
Visas & Permits
The visa applications
are of two types - Short-stay and Long stay. Before applying for a visa, it is important to ensure very clear on one’s ‘purpose of visit’.
Travel & Leisure
Public transport in Greece
The use of public transport is very common for the people of Greece. It is reasonably easy and has a very comprehensive transport network. The public buses are very convenient for moving across the country, with a network that can easily reach even the smallest and the remotest villages. In addition to this, there are also ferry services that criss-crosses the Aegean and the Adriatic seas and are easily available for expats who are mostly interested in island-hopping. Moreover, needless to say that Greece also has an extensive domestic air network.
Driving in Greece
Driving in Greece is another pleasure as the country has an extensive road transport system that connects all of mainland Greece, but it is to be noted that the quality varies from one region to another.
National holidays in Greece
Greek national holidays can give you the best time in the world. It has endless lists of special events that gives you a chance to attend during your day off from work. Some of the list of national holidays in Greece includes, New year’s day, Epiphany / Theophany, Clean Monday, Independence Day, Good Friday, Monday of the Holy Spirit, Synaxis of the Mother of God, etc.