The origins of the University of Crete are international. Following its official foundation, it was shaped by established scholars and scientists of Greek origin who held professorial positions in HEIs in the USA and Europe and who in turn attracted promising young researchers from the Greek Diaspora to join the endeavors of creating a modern, research-led higher educational institution in Crete. This international orientation continues to characterize the University’s faculty as well as educational programs and research at all levels.
As Greek is the language of instruction on undergraduate courses, the international students registered for degree programmes here are a small minority in the student body. There is, nonetheless, an international culture on the campuses which is fostered and developed by various means, and English is the lingua franca in most of these activities. These range from invited lecture series, course units taught by visiting professors, workshops, summer schools and conferences. The international outlook is also evident through the inter-institutional collaborations which are a feature of many of the graduate degree programs offered by the University. Educational exchange programmes, notably the Erasmus mobility opportunities for students and staff, are also an important dimension of University life.
The research networks, groups and projects currently active in the University of Crete can be accessed through the University Research Directory. Many of the University’s research groups interface successfully with the Research Institutes of FORTH and have strong track records of international research collaborations. Benchmarking with other Universities worldwide in terms of international co-authored papers indicates that the University of Crete is an active partner in these networks.
Visit the webpages of the International Relations Department, which manages exchange and mobility programs of the University of Crete and acts as a contact point for Erasmus and other international students, researchers, visiting academics and other staff.
Last update 26/11/2019