University of Crete

Heraklion  Greece

The University of Crete (UoC) is a hub of academic excellence, committed to high-quality research, education, sustainable development, and societal impact. Founded in 1973, UoC merges vibrant academic life with the rich cultural and natural beauty of Crete, providing a lifelong enriching experience for its students. UoC operates from two main campuses: Gallos Campus in Rethymno, focusing on Humanities and Social Sciences, and Voutes Campus in Heraklion, dedicated to STEM and Medicine.

Why study at the University of Crete?

UoC offers cutting-edge International Programmes in various disciplines within a vibrant social and intellectual environment for research and education

Excellence in research and teaching

UoC promotes novel pedagogical methods and encourages innovation. Its contemporary approach is reflecting in both the outward-looking perspective and the wide network of collaborations


postgraduate students




ranked in Greek Universities

Heraklion  Greece

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Agriculture (1) Environmental Sciences (13) Engineering (12) Biological Sciences (4) Mathematics (25) Computer Science (8) Psychology (31) Sociology (33) Education (11) Medicine (26) History & Archaeology (19) Finance (14) Economics (10) Business & Management (5) Politics & Government (30) Materials Science (24) Anthropology (2) Forensic & Archaeological Sciences (16)

About the University of Crete


The mission of the University of Crete is to generate and transmit new scientific knowledge, to train the next generations of scholars with the use of modern pedagogical methods and digital tools, to prepare its students for contemporary market needs and societal challenges, and to contribute to their overall ethical, scholarly and intellectual advancement. These goals are achieved by pursuing close links between research and education and between academia and industry, by fostering collaborations in the Cretan Research Ecosystem, but also at a national and international level, by encouraging scientific dialogue and by making full use of the capabilities and talents of its staff and students.


The University of Crete seeks to make education and research an attractive and stimulating experience for its students and researchers by continuously striving to be on the cutting edge of contemporary developments. The University aspires to play a leading role in demonstrating the potential of Greek public universities to participate equally in the international academic life of the 21st century, by adopting international best practices and outward-looking perspectives and by encouraging excellence in research, education and innovation.

More about UoC

Supported by world-class facilities like the University General Hospital, the Natural History Museum of Crete, the Museum of Medicine, and many others, UoC offers a unique research and innovation environment.

Consistently ranked first among Greek universities and highly positioned worldwide, UoC offers numerous international programs, including a 6-year BA in Medicine, 18 postgraduate programs (MA or MSc.), and several summer schools.

Studying at UoC is more than education; it's an immersive experience into Cretan life, blending historical richness with modern academic pursuits, ideal for impactful academic and personal growth.

At the University of Crete, we offer a vibrant and engaging student life experience, which is combined with a unique natural and cultural landscape. Here are some key aspects of student life on our campuses:

Student Associations and Clubs :

We have a wide range of student associations and clubs, such as:

  • Cultural and artistic groups (dancing, music, theatre, painting, cinema, photography, radio)
  • Intellectual and social clubs (chess, astronomy, volunteer blood donation)

These associations provide opportunities for students to engage in extracurricular activities and contribute to the cultural and social life of our university community. Student Centers:

The Student Centers in Heraklion and Rethymno campuses serve as hubs for student activities and host various artistic groups and events.

Sport Centers

The University has excellent sports facilities in both campuses. These include well-equipped gyms and, in the Heraklion complex, an indoor pool, playing fields and mooring berths.


The University of Crete Library consists of the Central Library in Rethymnon and the Library of Heraklion.

Student Services :

  • Student Counseling Center
  • Student Affairs
  • Student Ombudsman
  • Career and Liaison Office
  • Gender Equality Committee of UoC
  • Modern Greek Languages Courses

Check out our website for more information regarding student life at UoC:

The University of Crete offers a wide range of English-taught programs, including a 6-year program in medicine, several postgraduate MSc and MA programs and summer schools (short term programs) in a variety of modern scientific fields. You can find more information about these programs on our website.

To apply for a program at the University of Crete you can follow these steps: Find the program of your interest from the full list of the English-taught programs by clicking here and checking if you meet the eligibility criteria. Each program has its own characteristics and requirements. Visit the programs’ website to gather all information regarding its scope, outcomes, tuition fees (if applicable), and options for distance-teaching. Make sure to also check the required degrees and qualifications for acceptance. Once you’ve chosen a program, you can initiate the application process. Most programs do not have an application fee. For a complete Visitors guide please check our website.

The Welcome Office at the University of Crete offers support and guidance for various bureaucratic procedures that international students and researchers may encounter, such as:

  • Visa application process: The office provides information and assistance in communicating with Greek Consular Authorities regarding student visa applications.
  • Residence permit: They help international students and researchers apply for a Greek residence permit within 90 days of their arrival in Greece.
  • Contract facilitation: The Welcome Office supports the process of concluding contracts that facilitate the granting of residence permits for study purposes.

For more details please visit our website.

The University has state of the art research facilities and world-renowned academics. It has played a major role in the development of a strong research and innovation ecosystem in Crete. The University enjoys the benefits from its affiliated infrastructures, such as the University General Hospital, the Museum of Eleutherna, the Museum of Natural History, and the Skinakas Observatory. The UoC retains close ties with the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas and the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Crete.

The cost of living for a student in Crete is estimated between 650-700 Euros per month. This includes expenses for private accommodation, utilities, food, transport, and other expenses. Specifically, the estimated costs are as follows:
Accommodation (shared flat): varies between 250 – 300 Euros
Catering (self-catered): varies between 200 – 300 Euros
Bus fares: 25 – 45 Euros
Please note that these are average estimate prices and actual costs may vary.

The University of Crete offers Modern Greek language courses throughout the year. These courses are mainly destined to Erasmus students and academic visitors (such as Visiting Profs., visiting researchers, etc.). The Modern Greek summer courses gather people from around the world who wish to learn the language within its cultural context. These courses are especially popular among members of the Greek diaspora

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