Welcome to IST College!
Study in Greece and Become a Graduate of the World!
Study in Greece
For 32 years we enrich higher education in Greece!
IST College (Independent Studies of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 in collaboration with a team of university professors. The vision of the founders was to provide high-quality academic education directly linked to the needs of the labour market.
Today, IST College has an academic structure and organisation that rivals that of renowned Universities abroad. It operates in state-of-the-art premises of European standards in down town Athens. The institution maintains close links and has collaboration agreements with businesses and other organisations, in order to provide the best possible education and career opportunities for its students.
”Gorgeous country, vibrant night life, history at your feet.”
Greece is just waiting to welcome you, with vibrant towns, friendly, hospitable people, stunning landscapes, Mediterranean climate, brilliant nights out and 3.000 years of unparallel history and culture, all within a day’s reach.
Someone must have told you about the famous nightlife in Greece. Whatever you have heard is nothing compared to what you will experience during your stay in Greece. The ideal way to get to know Greece and to discover the true spirit of the Greek people is by combining studies with pleasure. The philosophy of IST College is to place their students at the heart of everything we do. So, other than offering a welcoming environment in which you can learn and develop your skills, we also offer you the opportunity to have a great time during your stay.
Athens, the city that never sleeps. Experience first-hand some of the best clubs in Europe, dance the night away in small, hip bars, listen to guest appearances by famous DJ’s, enjoy your coffee at the Acropolis Museum overlooking the Parthenon. Whatever you want to do, there is something for everyone.
Trace the footprints of Greek history & culture
The birthplace of democracy, western philosophy and the Olympic Games is waiting for you to explore.
Visit some of the world’s best-known historical monuments, walk the path Socrates once walked and experience the glory of Ancient Greece.
Historians regard them as the founders of Western civilization. Greek civilization was far more advanced than any that had come before. The world’s first great dramatists, historians, orators, philosophers, and poets were Greek. The ancient Greeks were the first people to study botany, geometry, medicine, physics and zoology on a scientific basis. They also held the first athletic games.
Explore endless kilometers of coasts, breathtaking landscapes
Discover the richness & splendor of Greek food
Taste a rich and diverse array of food.
See the following which is in walking distance from IST College!
The Acropolis of the fifth century BC is the most accurate reflection of the splendour, power and wealth of Athens at its greatest peak, the golden age of Perikles. In the mid-fifth century BC, when the Acropolis became the seat of the Athenian League and Athens was the greatest cultural centre of its time, Perikles initiated an ambitious building project which lasted the entire second half of the fifth century BC. Athenians and foreigners alike worked on this project, receiving a salary of one drachma a day. The temples on the north side of the Acropolis housed primarily the earlier Athenian cults and those of the Olympian gods, while the southern part of the Acropolis was dedicated to the cult of Athena in her many qualities: as Polias (patron of the city), Parthenos, Pallas, Promachos (goddess of war), Ergane (goddess of manual labour) and Nike (Victory).
The Ancient Agora
Situated to the north-west of the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora of Athens was originally established as the administrative and trade centre of the city – hence its name, the ‘trade marketplace’. The Agora witnessed the Panathenaic Procession, the greatest celebration in the ancient city of Athens, memorialising the unification of Attica under King Theseus. Inhabited since prehistoric times, the Agora became the city centre by 5 BC, and was home to secular and sacred activities that were practised in a multitude of public buildings – many of which still stand in ruins. Throughout its turbulent history, the Agora survived multiple sacks, suffering its most serious damage by the Persians in 480 BC, the Romans under Syllas in 86 BC, and the Heruli in 267 AC. Finally abandoned in the sixth century, the area eventually became covered by houses and churches. The ruins of the Ancient Agora remained buried and forgotten for 1,400 years, until extensive excavations in the 19th and 20th centuries revealed its archaeological treasures
Stoa of Attalos
The impressive Stoa of Attalos is a restored building on the eastern side of the Ancient Agora. Named after King Attalus II of Pergamon, who gave it to the city as a gift, the Stoa was erected between 159 and 138 BC. It was, at the time, the longest free-standing, roofed building in the city. Designed to house the city’s commercial activities, the two storey structure measured 120 metres long, and contained 21 stores and workshops. With walls constructed entirely of limestone, the doors, door jambs, staircases, columns and wall studs were all of white Pentelic marble.
Within an hour from IST you’re at Sounio for a swim!
Sounio Temple of Poseidon
Sounion was fortified in the nineteenth year of the Peloponnesian War (413 BCE) for the purpose of protecting the passage of the cornships to Athens,and was regarded from that time as one of the principal fortresses of Attica. In 413 BC, during the Peloponnesian War against the Spartans, the Athenians fortified the site with a wall and towers to prevent it from falling into Spartan hands. This would have threatened Athens’ seaborne grain supply route from Euboea.
Famous places to visit!
At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world. The history of Delphi begins in prehistory and in the myths of the ancient Greeks. In the beginning the site was sacred to Mother Earth and was guarded by the terrible serpent Python, who was later killed by Apollo.
The temple of Aphaia stands on a pine-clad hill in northeast Aegina. It is the most important monument in the sanctuary of Aphaia, which appears to have been founded on a site used for worship since the Mycenaean period.
Mycenae ‘Rich in Gold’, the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon, first sung by Homer in his epics, is the most important and richest palatial centre of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization, while the myths related to its history have inspired poets and writers over many centuries, from the Homeric epics and the great tragedies of the Classical period to contemporary literary and artistic creation. Perseus, son of Zeus and Dana?, daughter of Akrisios, king of Argos and descendant of Danaos, is traditionally considered as its mythicalfounder. Pausanias (2, 16, 3) reports that Perseus named the new city Mycenae after the pommel (mykes) of his sword, which fell there, or after the Perseia spring, discovered there under the root of a mushroom (mykes). According to the myth, Perseus’s descendants reigned at Mycenae for three generations. After the last of them, Eurystheas, died childless, the Mycenaeans chose Atreus, son of Pelops, father of Agamemnon and Menelaos, as their king.
In western Peloponnese, in the beautiful valley of the Alpheios river, lies the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece. Dedicated to Zeus, the father of the gods. Although secluded near the west coast of the Peloponnese, Olympia became the most important religious and athletic centre in Greece. Its fame rests upon the Olympic Games, the greatest national festival and a highly prestigious one world-wide, which was held every four years to honour Zeus.
Santorini, known since ancient times as Thira, is one of the most famous islands in the world. The fact that you can sit in front of the caldera, enjoy local dishes, a drink or a coffee while gazing at the remarkable beauty of an active volcano is priceless! Santorini’s volcano is one of the few active volcanoes on Greek and European land The islands that form Santorini came into existence as a result of intensive volcanic activity; twelve huge eruptions occurred, one every 20,000 years approximately, and each violent eruption caused the collapse of the volcano’s central part creating a large crater (caldera). The volcano, however, managed to recreate itself over and over again.
Welcome to Greece’s most famous cosmopolitan island. According to mythology, Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. And did you know that the island took its name from the grandson of Apollo, “Mykonos”?
By far the largest island of the Dodecanese, also known as the “Island of the Sun God Helios”, Rhodes island combines a variety of characteristics that make it unique as a travel destination. Rhodes is one of the most beautiful islands in the Aegean Sea. With crystal clear endless beautiful beaches, spectacular sunsets, and a UNESCO World Heritage Medieval City to explore.
Crete simply has it all! Crete is the largestisland in Greece, and the fifth largest one in the Mediterranean Sea. Here, you can admire the remnants of brilliant civilizations, explore glorious beaches, impressive mountainscapes. Crete is, after all, a small universe teeming with beauties and treasures that you will probably need a lifetime to uncover! Knossos was the most prominent centre of the Minoan Civilisation, one of the magnificent civilisations of human kind. The renowned ancient city with the palace is the largest and most typical archaeological site ever discovered on Crete. According to tradition, it was the seat of the legendary king Minoa. Apart from being the royal family’s residence, it was also the administrative and religious centre for the whole region.
Rhodes is one of the most beautiful islands in the Aegean Sea. With crystal clear endless beautiful beaches, spectacular sunsets, and a UNESCO World Heritage Medieval City to explore.
Study in Greece and get an internationally recognized Degree awarded directly by the leading European Universities.
IST has been designing and implementing its academic activities in collaboration with renowned foreign Universities offering undergraduate and postgraduate academic programmes in Athens. The students study in Greece without travelling abroad and their Degrees are awarded directly by the collaborating Universities.
The structure, the substance and the delivery of the programmes are the same as that offered at the home campus of the collaborating Universities. The only difference is the place of delivery for the programmes.
In addition, IST collaborated with international universities on the joint design and implementation of curricula, exchange of students and conducting scientific research.
What better place to study business and learn about a global community than the country where it existed in 90BC.
It is estimated that, circa 90 B.C., about 30,000 people lived on this small island, which is no more than a dot on the map of the Mediterranean. The names inscribed on the tombstones in the ancient cemetery provide us with evidence that during the 2nd c. B.C., apart from the island’s majority of Athenian and Roman residents, Delos was populated by folk from most Mediterranean cities: from the Peloponnese and Italy, from mainland regions, Central, Western Greece and Macedonia, Thrace, the Black Sea and Asia Minor, from the Aegean Islands, Cyprus, Crete, and faraway places including Troas, Mysia, Aiolis, Ionia, Lydia, Caria, Lycia, Bithynia, Paflagonia, Pontus, Cappadocia, Pisidia, Pamphilia, Cilicia, Syria, Media, Phoenicia, Palestine, Libya, Arabia and Egypt.At this time, all these people, in spite of their varied nationalities and different historical and cultural backgrounds, managed to forge a peaceable society. They communicated with each other in spoken and written Greek, the inter-national language of the period, adopted the Greek lifestyle, lived in Greek-style houses and built Greek temples, where they freely worshiped the gods of their homelands. The islanders worked companionably and enjoyed community life, while their children played together, studied at same Gymnasium, and trained in the same Palaestrae.So, perhaps for the first time in human history, in this small corner of the earth almost all the Mediterranean peoples co-existed in harmony. (A Global Society!)The ships, arriving continuously at the harbours of Delos, carried not only merchandise but also people, news and ideas from almost every Mediterranean city. The whole world seemed like a small neighborhood ringing the sea that brought them together and brings us together. It is estimated that at the beginning of the 1st century BC, some 30.000 people were living on this little island that is no more than a dot on the map of the Mediterranean, and that it is likely that 750,000 tons of merchandise could be moved through its ports in a year.
Recognition and Accreditation
IST has been awarded a licence to operate as a College by the Ministry of Education in compliance to the Law 3696/2008 as modified by Law 3848/2010. IST’s Lisence of Operation was last renewed on 5th of August 2013 (108250/IA, National Gazette 1986 B’). According to the law, Colleges are allowed to enter into collaborations with foreign Universities with a view to implementing their programmes of study and awarding their qualifications. The degrees awarded by foreign Universities are recognised in Greece through the Ministerial Decree 38/2010.
We are beside you and support you in your academic step!
We all need a little help from time to time and IST College is here to give you the support you need. The International Relations Office at IST College can assist international students in the application and admission procedure (i.e documents required for student visa, residence permit) as well as in locating suitable accommodation at low cost.
Through partnerships with prestigious foreign Universities IST offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, flexible supported distance learning programmes in collaboration with prestigious foreign Universities.
IST’s academic staff consists of Professors and lecturers the majority of whom are PhD holders, with a background in research, recognised professional status in their field of expertise, as well as teaching experience in Universities throughout Greece and abroad. The delivery of the programmes, the academic staff and our students are constantly supported by a dynamic team of administrative and technical staff.
Accommodation in Athens
”There is more to life than just studying.”
Athens is the capital city of Greece and one of the largest cities in Europe. It combines the infrastructure of a modern European city with local tradition and customs. It offers an ultra-modern metro system linking the city center with major suburbs. Accommodation and food are less expensive when compared to other European cities. This ancient city, rich in culture with post-Olympic state-of-the-art facilities and ideal year-round weather, is the ideal place to study. IST can offer international students good solutions in accommodation near its premises.
The International Relations Office at IST can assist international students in the application and admission procedure (including visa procedures) as well as in locating suitable accommodation at a low cost.
For further help on accommodation in Athens click on the following link.
Going to University is so much more than just studying! It is about meeting interesting people from different cultures, making long-life friends, experiencing new things and last but not least having lots of fun.
The ideal way to get to know Greece and to discover the true spirit of the Greek people is by combining studies with pleasure.
The philosophy of IST College is to place their students in the heart of everything we do. So, other than offering a welcoming environment in which you can learn and develop your skills, we also offer you the opportunity to have a great time during your stay.
We encourage students to become part of a bigger community. As such, we run a series of conferences, lectures, seminars, competitions, events, trips, and parties. Upon enrolment at IST College, you may participate in different activities according to your interests.
Do you want to get in touch with nature and discover the beauties of Greece? Would you see yourself trying out something different such as snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, rafting, horse back riding, mountain climbing? At IST College, we not only organize such activities, but also encourage them!
IST has as its main concern the connection of education with the labor market through a series of undergradute and postgraduate programs,which combine theory with internatinal methodology and practice while at the same time responding and adapting to the demands of the Greek reality and the international labor market
IST on site Training Visits
Counseling for Continuing Studies
"Business Voice" Lecture and Presentation Series
Promotion of Curriculum
Tuition Fees & Scholarships
To enroll and attend a programme at IST, you need to pay annual tuition fees as well as an annual registration fee to the collaborating Universities.
You may contact the International Relations Office so that you may receive information regarding the exact amount of annual tuition fees ([email protected]).
Fees are determined in accordance with the decisions of the Academic Board and/or of the relevant state authorities.
The annual tuition fees include, in addition to attendance of courses:
IST often offers scholarships within the academic year which are usually related to public or private companies that support this kind of activities. These scholarships are usually announced during the year.
You may contact the International Relations Office so that you may receive information regarding the scholarships ([email protected]).
How to Apply
Admissions Requirements for International Students
Academic requirements for admission of international students to undergraduate or postgraduate programmes are the same as those for home or EU students. Non-EU students may have to make special immigration arrangements for entry (student visa) and residence permit in Greece. IST International Relations Office will assist international students in these procedures. Applications for registration can be submitted any time during the year. Early application is strongly advised, as the number of places is limited according to the collaborating Universities’ regulations.
All documents must be officially translated into English.
Candidates must send the above documents to:
IST 68, Syggrou Ave. 11742 Athens Greece
Att: International Relations and European Programmes Office ([email protected]).
We are committed to providing our students with the necessary knowledge, skills and learning experience that will assist them in achieving their greatest potential in order to adapt and adjust to a diverse and ever changing society and labour market. We are dedicated to creating a challenging learning environment which encourages the cultivation of an entrepreneurial mindset among our students, thus broadening their horizons and enhancing their career prospects.
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