If you are a non-EU citizen you are requested to apply for a student visa (national visa – type D) at your home Greek Embassy or Consulate. Find here the Greek Embassy/Consulate in your country.
Ensure that you contact your local Greek Embassy or Consulate for updated information and details on the student visa process and make your application in time (8-12 weeks prior to arrival).
Normally you will need the following documents:
- Application form for a visa for a long stay in Greece, fully filled in and signed (Application form for a person under 18-years-old should be signed by both parents or by the legal guardian)
- One recent passport-sized, color photograph
- Passport that should:
- be of a validity exceeding by three months the ending date of the visa length
- have at least two blank pages
- have been issued within the previous ten years
- Criminal Record Certificate, recent and duly attested
- Medical fitness certificate
- Travel medical insurance
Additional documents required:
- Registration letter and fee payment (issued by Mediterranean College)
- Certificate by the Ministry of Education that Mediterranean College holds a valid license and is registered in the relevant records (provided by Mediterranean College)
- Proof of adequate knowledge of the English language
- Proof of sufficient funds to cover living expenses, cost of study and repatriation (including eventual scholarship)
- Original documents and passports submitted must be accompanied along with a copy
- All documents submitted, if not in Greek or English, should be accompanied by an English translation
- The applicant may be asked for additional documents and will be called to a personal interview at the Embassy/Consulate
- The visa fee is not refunded if the visa is refused
There will be some time required to process your visa and this will depend on where you are making your application.
The Greek Consular Authority may refuse to issue a visa, if the requirements are not met and the necessary supporting documents are not filed, as provided by Greek national legislation. Although you’ll have the right to appeal against this decision, this will be a time-consuming and costly legal action before the competent administrative court and it is therefore not advised.
If you decide to cancel or defer your studies on the grounds of the visa rejection, you are eligible to apply for tuition fee refund of the amount you have paid to the College. A non-refundable administration fee will be deducted (150 euros).
You must submit a written request for a refund via e-mail to the International Office along with the scanned Visa Rejection Letter from the Consulate Authority. In the event that the visa refusal was made on the basis of deception, Mediterranean College reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to refuse tuition fee refunds.
Within 40 days after your arrival in Greece, you should apply for a residence permit with the Migration Department. The following documents are normally required:
- Application Form for a Residence Permit
- Medical Insurance Certificate, issued by a Greek medical insurance company
- Medical certificate, issued by a Greek public hospital (CXR, Mantoux test)
- Receipt of the Residence Permit Fee payment (payment is made at the City Hall)
- Photocopy of passport
- Student’s registration letter confirming that the student is registered with Mediterranean College
- Bank statement confirming that the student has sufficient amount of money in the bank account to cover the living expenses
The renewal of the permit is annual.
All students are assisted by the International Office for the issue and renewal of their residence permit.