Tertiary Education in Greece is public, it is provided free of charge and comprises of two levels: a)
Higher and b) University level. The Higher Educational Institutions (AEI), according to article 16,
paragraph 5 of the Constitution, are the institutions of higher education which comprise of parallel
The University sector which includes universities, polytechnic schools and the Higher School of
Fine Arts (ΑΣΚΤ/ASKT).
The Technological sector of higher education includes Technological Education Institutes (TEI)
and the Higher School for Teachers of Technological Education (ΑΣΠΑΙΤΕ/ASPAITE).
Admission of students to the above institutes depends on their performance at nation-wide exams
taking place in the 3rd grade of the upper secondary school.
The Hellenic Open University (ΕΑΠ/EAP) is an organisational variation of university education, which
aims to provide distance learning (undergraduate and postgraduate) and training.