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Education in Greece

The Greek Educational System consists of three successive levels: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education level.

Primary education level can be divided into Pre-school Education which is offered by kindergartens and Compulsory Primary Education which is offered by Primary schools.

Secondary education level is available in two cycles, Compulsory Lower Level Secondary Education offered at Gymnasiums and Post-compulsory, Upper Secondary Education which is offered by the Unified Lyceums and Technical Vocational Educational Institutes.

Tertiary education is divided into University education available from Universities and non-university education, which is offered by Higher Technological Educational Institutes and Higher Education Institutes. Postgraduate courses are also available at Tertiary education level.

In 1997 an effort was made by UNESCO to internationally classify educational systems based on seven levels of education which were described in the International Standard Classification of Education - ISCED 1997. These levels of education are:

  • Isced level 0 - Pre-school education
  • Isced level 1 - Primary education
  • Isced level 2 - Lower secondary education
  • Isced level 3 - Higher secondary education
  • Isced level 4 - Post-secondary, non-university education
  • Isced level 5 - University education
  • Isced level 6 - Postgraduate studies
The diagram which follows shows the structure of the Greek educational system and its relationship with the system of initial and continuing vocational training, in an effort to follow the International Standard Classification of Education - ISCED prepared by UNESCO.

Diagram: The Greek Educational System

 





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