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Athens University’s English-Language Degrees Lure Foreigners, Big Bucks

ATHENS – The University of Athens, which in 2020 welcomed foreign students into its first English-language courses to generate revenue, is now seeing the first graduates and aiming to make the school more international.

While Greece’s universities rank poorly in global standings, the Athens school has attracted students from over 80 countries, including the United States, China, Japan, India, Albania, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Turkey, Serbia, North Macedonia, The Netherlands, and Cyprus.

They offer undergraduate degrees in Archaeology, History, and Ancient Greek Literature, and now three additional programs have commenced, although it hasn’t been specified whether these degrees have translated into employment opportunities, with 80% of graduates from Greek universities struggling to find work.

At Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University, “about €4.5 million ($4.9 million) have flowed into the coffers so far, with 50% allocated to the recruitment of new scientists, 30% to infrastructure improvement, and 20% in scholarships,” said Nikos Foroglou, a Professor of Neurosurgery and Coordinator of the English-language program in medicine.

Data from the National Higher Education Authority shows that eight more programs are expected to commence in six different universities in the upcoming academic year starting in October, offering degrees in various subjects including Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, Pharmacy, Greek Studies, Accounting and Finance, Medicine, Economic Studies, Sustainable Development, and Creative Writing.

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