|Where and how to apply
Once you have been accepted in a higher educational institution in Greece you can apply for a visa for studies at the embassy or consulate in your country of origin.
Residence permit for studies are of one year duration and renewable for one year each time. If the duration of studies is shorter than one year, the residence permit is issued for this period. In case the applicant wishes to apply for a multi-annual residence permit, equal to the maximum duration of studies, then additional supporting documents should be submitted, that is, a certificate by the education institution on the total duration of studies provided for.
Applicants should pay a fee of € 150 for each year they apply.
Duration of validity of permits
Residence permits for studies are valid for one year and are renewable. Applicants may apply for a residence permit of as many years as their course of study. However, a multi-annual permit holder should submit every two years an enrolment certificate and participation in the examination certificate, as well as an updated transcript to the Decentralized Administration. In case the permit holder fails to do so, the permit is withdrawn and the student should immediately leave the country.
The duration of the residence permit cannot exceed the duration of the course of study increased by four terms or by half in case of postgraduate or doctoral students. Another year is added to this for the language learning year, provided that this is prerequisite by the Higher Education Institution.