Greek School Education
by Francesco, from Italy.
During my early days here in Thessaloniki, I visited four universities, two of which were public and two were private.
Being Italian, the Greek public universities seem like another world. About public universities, i have been at AUTh: “Aristotle University of Thessaloniki”, and at UoM : “University of Macedonia”.
The first difference compared to Italy is that the education here is absolutely free. In Italy, we pay more than one thousand euros a year for tuition. If we have to stay all day at the university, we should bring a sandwich from home because we don’t have a restaurant or cafeteria on campus. The library is open only for eight hours a day for six days a week and we don’t have a sports center on campus.
Here, in Thessaloniki, after passing an admissions test, the students have access to the university and all of its services: for example, the library is opened for twelve hours a day during regular school days and twenty-four hours during the exam period. They have breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week for free! Furthermore, the students can use the sports center by paying a small annual fee of fifteen euros. Their sports center is extremely large because it has three football fields, one volleyball court , one basketball court, one handball field, and one large gym. Fantastic!
Certainly there are also a lot of things to improve. Some buildings are crumbling , the toilets need to be upgraded, the students smoke everywhere (even inside the classroom) , and posters crowd the walls. These characteristics ruining the school’s image of being a place of culture !
About the private universities, I visited “Metropolitan college” and “City college”. The schools are located in a strategic position, near to the centre of the city. Compared to the public universities, the private ones are very organized, clean and welcoming! The students pay a fee around three thousand euros per year and the courses can be conducted entirely in English .
In Italy for the same type of private education, the minimum cost of tuition is tens of thousands euros a year! Also in this case, the Hellenic universities offer a more economical and convenient education!