International Applicants

International Applicants

We welcome applications from students from other countries. About 20% of our student body come from countries other than Greece.

Citizens of countries that are not members of the European Union who wish to study in Athens and gain one of Hellenic American University degrees need to obtain permission to enter and reside in Greece in accordance with Greek law. If you come from a country outside the European Union, we advise you to inquire at the Greek consulate in your country regarding requirements for study in Greece and to complete all documentation needed for your student visa before arriving to Greece.

To find out where a Greek Consulate is located in your region, please click here.

Information is accurate at the time of publication (July 1, 2015).

VISA Requirements

In addition to any specific requirements your Greek Consulate may have, please submit the following documentation as provided by the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

  • A valid passport (Please make sure that your passport will be valid three (3) months after the date you exit Greece).
  • One color photograph (2x2 inches). (Please note that it must be glued onto the application form. Applications with stapled photographs will be rejected).
  • Letter from a physician stating you suffer from no communicable diseases.
  • Acceptance letter from our Institution indicating that the program you have been admitted to is a resident program requiring your physical presence on campus, that you are a full-time student, and the duration of your studies.
  • National criminal record check from your respective government agency
  • Travel Insurance stating that you are covered in case of a medical emergency and repatriation in the Schengen States (minimum coverage of € 30,000).

You will also need to submit proof that you have sufficient funds for the duration of your stay in Greece:

  • If financed by your family, you will be required to submit a signed affidavit from your parents stating they will cover all your living expenses while in Greece. Please note that you might be required to submit proof of funds by either submitting pay stubs or tax returns.
  • If you are a sponsored student, you will be required to submit a statement of financial support issued by your sponsoring agency (government, NGO, employer etc.).

Notes:

  • The Consular Office reserves the right to ask for further documentation, in addition to the above mentioned.
  • The applicant has to provide a set of photocopies of the above original documents.
  • All visa applicants must appear in person in order to submit their application at least two weeks prior to their trip.

As this information is updated periodically, prospective candidates are advised to visit the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

To find out where a Greek Consulate is located in your region, please click here.


Temporary Residence Permit

Entry visa and first residence STUDY permit pursuant to LAW 4251/14 and JMD 30825/14 (Δ1.1)
  • 1. 110.RESIDENCE PERMIT APPLICATION
  • 2. Exact copy of a valid passport or travel document recognized by our country and two (2) recent color photos in physical format following the valid photo prescriptions for passports as well as in digital format in a CD. Photo specs: JPEG2000
  • 3. National visa
  • 4. Electronic fee
  • 5. Public social security, private insurance policy or insurance issued by the University
  • 6. Confirmation of registration and payment of fees at the university or acceptance letter issue by the University
  • 7. Documents of proof certifying the applicant has sufficient financial resources to cover study and living expenses pursuant to JMD 41712/2014 (Official Journal Vol 2285 Β’)
  • Special case 1: Consent of the parents or parental authority for the planned stay in case of minors.
  • Special case 2: Certification of the relevant educational institution for the total duration of the program
STUDY - RENEWAL (LAW 4251/14) and JMD 30825/14 (Δ1.1)
  • 1. 120. RESIDENCE PERMIT APPLICATION
  • 2. Exact copy of a valid passport or travel document recognized by our country and two (2) recent color photos in physical format following the valid photo prescriptions for passports as well as in digital format in a CD. Photo specs: JPEG2000
  • 3. National visa
  • 4. Electronic fee
  • 5. Public social security, private insurance policy or insurance issued by the University
  • 6. Confirmation of registration and participation at the exams issued by the relevant educational institution
  • 7. Documents of proof certifying the applicant has sufficient financial resources to cover study and living expenses pursuant to JMD 41712/2014 (Official Journal Vol 2285 Β’)
  • Special case: Certification of the relevant educational institution for the total duration of the program

Information is accurate at the time of publication (September 27, 2018).


Aliens & Immigration Bureaus: Locations and Jurisdictions

Applications and supporting documents are received by the appropriate Bureau Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. To 14:00 p.m.  Please note you need to be there early (7:00 a.m.) in order to receive a priority number.  Only 150 applicants are received on a daily basis.  

There are four Immigration & Alien Service Bureaus.  Each has jurisdiction over specific municipalities.  Locate the Bureau that serves the area where you’ve living:

Bureau of Aliens & Immigration – Athens A.  

Salaminias & Petrou Ralli 2, Athens, 11855, (T) 210-3403300

Jurisdiction:
Residents of the Municipality of Athens.  This covers central Athens, including the area surrounding the College. Those students residing in College housing are under the jurisdiction of this Bureau. 

Bureau of Aliens & Immigration – Central Sector, Western Sector and Western Attica.  

Salaminias & Petrou Ralli 2, Athens, 11855, (T) 210-3403300

Jurisdiction:

  • Central Sector: Municipalities of Philadelphia, Halkidona, Galatsi, Zografou, Kesariani, Virona, Ilioupoli, Daphni, Ymitos
  • Western Sector: Municipalities of Egaleo, Peristeri, Petroupolis, Haidari, Agias Varvaras, Ilion, Agion Anargiron, Kamatero
  • Western Attica:  Aspropirgos, Elefsina (Municipalities of Elefsina & Magoula), Mandras-idilias (Municipalities of Mantras, Vilion, Inois, Erithron), Megara (Municipalities of Megara & Neas Peramou), Filis (Municipalities of Ano Liosion, Filis, Zefirou)
Bureau of Aliens & Immigration – Northern Sector and Eastern Attica 

Psaron 19, Pallini 153 51, (T) 210-6604900

Jurisdiction:

  • North Sector: Pendeli, Kifissia, Nea Erithrea, Metamorfosi, Likobrisi, Pefki, Marousi, Filothei, Psihiko, Papagou, Holargos, Iraklio, Nea Ionia, Vrilissia, Agia Paraskevi, Halandri
  • East Attica: Oropos, Marathonas, Rafina, Pikermi, Dionisos, Aharnon, Pallini, Peania, Spata, Artemidas, Kropias, Markopoulo Mesogeas, Lavreotiki, Saronikos, Vari, Voula, Vouliagmeni
Bureau of Aliens & Immigration – Southern Section, Piraeus & Islands 

Agios Dionisios, Piraeus, 18545, (T) 210 4141600

Jurisdiction:

  • South Section: Glyfada, Elliniko, Argyroupoli, Alimos, Nea Smyrni, Moschato, Tavros, Kalithea, Palio Faliro, Agios Dimitrios
  • Piraeus & Islands: Piraeus, Keratsini, Drapetsona, Nikea, Rendi, Koridalos, Perama, Salamina, Egina, Agistri, Troizinas, Methoni, Poros, Hydra, Spetses.

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