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Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is a state institution established in 1925.   The structure of the University today, its range of activities and its size make it the largest and most complex institution of higher education in the country. More than 95,000 students study at the university. Courses at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki are normally taught in Greek. However, there are courses in other languages too, especially at the Foreign Language Faculties, Faculty of Law (courses in English, French and German language), School of Journalism & Mass Communication, and School of Economics. In all the other cases, there are special arrangements for exchange students, such as assignment of essays in English with the use of English bibliography in small groups.  Exchange students may take courses in the following fields: Law, Economic Sciences, Journalism and Mass Media (only in spring semester), English, French, German, Italian Language and Literature. In addition, an intensive Modern Greek course is offered free of charge to all exchange students.
            Thessaloniki is known as a “friendly” city with an active cultural life. Beyond the museums, there are numerous movie theaters, (foreign films are screened with subtitles), several theaters, a state and a city orchestra, cafes, restaurants and bars. On campus,  The University Gymnasium (about 22 acres), including an indoor athletic center, is open to students and staff and operates from September to June. All students have the opportunity to exercise and take part in various sports such as Keep-fit, floor gymnastics for female students (modern, classical aerobic), gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, handball, athletics, football, table tennis, weightlifting, ski, water sports (swimming, water polo) and Greek traditional dances. After a tough workout, students only have to go a short distance to their accommodations. The university has two student residences and assists students in identifying private accommodations. Once properly registered with a meal card, exchange students can take advantage of two free meals per day (lunch and supper) at the Student Restaurant.

Number of MAUI/AEN students you can accept during 2013/2014 2 students for 6-12 months each
Areas of study open for exchange students

Law, Economic Sciences, Journalism and Mass Media (only in spring semester), English, French, German, Italian Language and Literature

Areas of study restricted to prior bilateral agreements between the exchanging departments or faculties There is a possibility of executive project work in all departments under the condition that the student will come in contact with the staff member of interested area and School.
Areas of study not available to MAUI/AEN students Lectures at all the faculties of A.U.Th –except the above mentioned ones-are being taught only in the Greek Language.
Utrecht Network contact person

Prof. Maria Lazaridou
Education and Students Contact
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
School of Biology
University Campus, GR 54124
Tel: +302310998373/
Mrs. Nikoletta Kapnizou/ Ms. Vaso Boukla
Administrative Students Contact
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Dept. of European Educational Programmes
University Campus, Administration Building, GR 54124
Tel: +302310 995166
Tel: +302310 991391

General university web site

International office web site

Academic Calendar

Autumn semester: 1st of October-31st of January
Spring semester: 1st of March-31st of May (for the faculties of Law, Economics and Journalism)
15th of February -31st of May (for English, French, German and Italian Philology)

Examination Period(s)

Autumn semester: 1-28 February
Spring semester: 1-30 June

Orientation session(s)

Organized by the Department of European  Educational Programs in the beginning  of each semester and by each School. Free of charge

ECTS available

In all field of studies

Application deadline(s) for admission

Autumn semester: 30 June

Spring semester: 30 November
Application material on the web site or paper copies only

Course registration deadline(s)

Autumn semester: 30 June

Spring semester: 30 November
Enrollment in coursework/academic advising support : Are there special issues students should concern themselves with course registration? Any services available to assist in registration or course selection?


Language requirements


Language test certificate required?


Preparatory language course for incoming students

Intensive course offered by the Erasmus office (20hours/week) free of charge
1st intensive: 14/10-25/10/13, deadline: June 30
2nd intensive: 17/3-31/3/14 deadline: November 30
Regular courses offered by the School of Modern Greek Language:

Courses taught in English

Yes, in the areas of studies open to MAUI-AEN students

Internships available?

Examined per occasion

Student jobs available/allowed? No
Housing assistance

Yes. Students should apply to:

Housing options
  • 2 students’ Residences
Private accommodation


Housing application deadline(s)

Autumn semester: June 30

Spring semester: November 30
Cost estimates per month


Optional on campus meal plan?(Y/N) Yes
Comparable health insurance coverage from abroad allowed/not allowed


Health facilities at the university

Public Hospitals -and a University doctor that examines students for free every day from 08.30 a.m. till 13.00 p.m. at the University Club.

Summer courses available?


Prior arrangements needed to secure visa before arrival in country?

A student visa is required

Last update of this information May 2013