student Life

Welcome at IST College!

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About Us

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 with the needs of the job market. IST is part of an Educational Organisation, consisting of two individual institutions: IST and SBIE, the first school for Health Professions. Both institutions have been successfully involved in education for almost sixty years now.

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.

Discover Greece​

”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.

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.

Explore endless kilometers of coasts, breathtaking landscapes

Discover the richness & splendor of Greek food
Taste a rich and diverse array of food.

Have fun
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. So, dance till you drop, make great new friends, live every moment. Take the opportunity of a lifetime and have great fun in Greece.

Transnational Education

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.


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.

IST graduates are provided with the specific certificate along with their degrees which clearly states that ‘holders of British degrees who have studied at Colleges members of the Hellenic Colleges Association are conferred academic and professional rights which apply to the entire European Union’.
NARIC is the British DOATAP which has signed a collaboration agreement with the Hellenic Colleges Association in 2006 providing the NARIC certificate to its graduates wishing to acquire the specific certificate along with their degrees.

Student Support

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.

IST is a multifunctional and multidynamic educational institution, recognized by the Greek Ministry of Education.

Through partnerships with prestigious foreign Universities IST offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, flexible supported distance learning programmes in collaboration with prestigious foreign Universities.

IST educates a substantial number of students on both an undergraduate as well as a postgraduate level. Our 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.

Student life

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.

Join up?

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.

Get competitive or do something different

Do you have the golden legs of Lionel Messi or the extraordinary leaping ability of Michael ‘Air’ Jordan? Even if you don’t, you are welcome to join our football and basketball teams and participate in the inter-collegiate tournaments organized every year.

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!

Skills Programs

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


Career Day

IST on site Training Visits

Seminars, Conferences

Counseling for Continuing Studies

"Business Voice" Lecture and Presentation Series

Promotion of Curriculum

Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition Fees

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]).

Crazy Business Ideas

IST since 2011 in the context of promoting Entrepreneurship and Innovation instituted the Crazy Business Ideas competition, which is repeated at regular intervals. The competition is under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Religions, the General Secretariat for Youth, the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and many other organizations. Successful Start Ups, such as: Pheemade, SourceLair, Organery, emerged through the IST College competition.


We are beside you and support you in your academic step!

1. Who is eligible to attend IST?

a) Undergraduate Programmes (Bachelor’s)
Students who have successfully completed High School and have obtained their High School Leaving Certificate (or equivalent certificate).
b) Postgraduate Programmes (Master’s)
Students who have completed their undergraduate studies and have obtained their Bachelor’s Degree.

2. What is the Duration of Studies?

Undergraduate Studies (Bachelor’s): 3 years
Postgraduate Studies (Master’s): 12 – 15 months full time
All programmes for international students are delivered in English.
Students who do not hold an English language certificate e.g. IELTS 6,0-6,5 or Cambridge Proficiency etc. should take a placement English Language Test, upon their arrival. Depending on their results, they will have to attend an English language course. The duration of this course varies from a few months up to a whole academic year. Students are eligible to proceed to their academic programme, provided they have successfully completed their English Foundation Programme

3. Who issues the degrees?

All Diplomas, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees are issued and awarded directly by the collaborating Universities and are recognized throughout the world. At the same time, and upon student’s request, IST also issues a Certificate of Attendance for the programme that a student has successfully completed.


4. Do I receive a NARIC Certificate and a Supplement Diploma upon completion of my studies?

NARIC Certificate:
IST is a member of the Hellenic College Association (HCA). The Hellenic College Association, representing all its college-members, has signed an agreement with the U.K. National Agency Responsible for the Recognition of International Awards (NARIC). According to this agreement all IST graduates receive, along with their degree, a NARIC Certificate, upon request.
Supplement Diploma:
All undergraduate and postgraduate students receive the Supplement Diploma along with their final transcript of results.

5. When do I have to submit my application to IST?

Until the 1st of September for the academic year beginning in October. Early application is strongly advised as the number of places is limited. Students who miss the deadline, but meet the admissions requirements will receive a letter of admission for the next recruitment period.

6. Which documents are required to be submitted to IST for admission?

Please refer to section “How to apply”

7. What is included in annual tuition fees?

• Registration and attendance of your courses from the beginning of October till the end of May
• Participation in the examinations in February, June and September (re-sit exams)
• Coursework supervision, personally by members of the academic staff
• Attendance of support courses in different subjects of your specialization
• Access to the library during your studies and after graduation
• Access to the Computer Lab during your studies
• Access to the virtual managed learning environment of the collaborating Universities
• Participation in the extra curricular activities organised by IST
• Issue of the corresponding certificates of studies, identification cards and degrees
• Meeting at the airport and escort to your temporary or permanent residence
• Support from the IST International Relations Office
Tuition fees do not include any expenses for the purchase of books, photocopies and your participation in excursions or social events organised by the students.
Should you fail a yearly or semester module and need to re-enroll, you will have to pay additional tuition fees for each module.

8. How can I pay the tuition fees?

First year tuition fees should be paid in advance by bank transfer. The International Relations Office will provide you IST’s bank details.

9. What happens if the Greek Embassy rejects my application for a student-visa?

In case an international student needs a student visa in order to enter Greece and the Greek Embassy rejects the relevant student’s application, IST refunds tuition fees paid, provided the candidate sends IST a copy of the rejection letter issued by the Greek Embassy.

10. How does IST support international students?

All academic and administrative departments of IST implement an open door policy; as a result all students can easily contact IST staff. IST International Relations Office supports and gives instructions and guidelines to all international students over issues related to admission, student visa procedure, residence permit, accommodation, bank accounts etc. In addition, it provides counseling in a wide range of international student everyday issues.

11. Accommodation

Depending on the amount of money students can afford, IST assists them in renting a house or sharing accommodation, which is less expensive. In any case, accommodation depends on availability.

12. Cost of Living

Cost of living heavily depends on personal criteria. However, living and studying in Greece for international students who wish to obtain a British degree is much less compared to the cost of study in the United Kingdom or in other European Countries.
In addition to the tuition fees, international students will approximately need an amount between 6.000€ and 9.800 € euros. This amount covers student’s annual living expenses, including rent, operational costs, electricity, water, tickets for transportation means, meals etc. Note that during the first days of your stay you may have to spend a larger amount of money, as you will have to make arrangements for your new house and the procedures related to your residence permit.

13. What clothes and things may be useful to bring?

Due to the Mediterranean climate of Greece (see also section Climate) you will need both summer and winter clothes and shoes.
In Greek shops, malls, and supermarkets you will be able to buy whatever is necessary for your studies (e.g. stationery) or for your everyday life. If you are going to rent an unfurnished flat, you will definitely have to buy some furniture e.g. bed, desk, chairs, refrigerator, electric stove, cutlery and crockery along with bed linen and towels, etc .As a result, make sure that you bring enough money to cover these one-off expenses.
It is also necessary to bring along your ID card and your passport.

14. I am a non-E.U. student. Do I have the right to work while I am studying?

According to the Greek law, international students who have received a student visa as well as a student residence permit are allowed to work part -time in Greece. Part-time employment is considered to be 20 hours per week at a maximum. Permission from local authorities is necessary.
Contact us
If you need any further information or clarification, wish to receive IST brochures or submit your application, please contact the International Relations Office at IST.
International Relations and European Programmes Office
Andrea Syggrou Ave. 68, Athens 117 42 , Greece
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone number: +30 210 4822222


«Οι κατάλληλοι άνθρωποι στην κατάλληλη θέση έτοιμοι να σε διδάξουν, να σε μάθουν, μα πάνω από όλα να σε στηρίξουν. Αυτό βρήκα εγώ στο IST College. Σπουδές με παρούσα αλλά πάνω από όλα μελλοντική αξία. Σπουδές που συνδυάζουν θεωρία και πράξη. Σπουδές που αποτελούν πραγματική επένδυση για μια επιτυχημένη πορεία στο εθνικό και διεθνές περιβάλλον.»

Γεώργιος Τσέγκας
Απόφοιτος Διοίκησης Επιχειρήσεων

«Η αναζήτηση για ένα σωστά δομημένο πρόγραμμα σπουδών στον τομέα της Πληροφορικής, με οδήγησε στο IST. Η επιλογή των μαθημάτων και το γνωστικό επίπεδο των καθηγητών ήταν ιδανικό ώστε να αποκτήσω τις απαραίτητες γνώσεις, με σκοπό μια επιτυχημένη επαγγελματική σταδιοδρομία. Επιπλέον, το IST μέσα από μια πληθώρα σεμιναρίων, μου έδωσε τη δυνατότητα να ανοίξω τους επαγγελματικούς μου ορίζοντες και να επεκτείνω τον επαγγελματικό μου κύκλο γνωριμιών».

Αλέξανδρος Παπαϊωάννου
Απόφοιτος Πληροφορικής

«Επέλεξα το IST για να σπουδάσω Διοίκηση Επιχειρήσεων. Η δομή του προγράμματος και ο τρόπος διδασκαλίας σε συνδυασμό με την προώθηση μίας σύγχρονης οπτικής του επιχειρηματικού κόσμου, μου έδωσαν τα κατάλληλα εφόδια, ώστε να ανταποκριθώ στις ανάγκες της Ελληνικής αλλά και της διεθνούς αγοράς. Παράλληλα, η μεγάλη επαγγελματική εμπειρία και η αφοσίωση των καθηγητών μου βοήθησε άμεσα στην ανάπτυξη οράματος και προσδιορισμού των επαγγελματικών μου στόχων».

Κωνσταντίνος Σταματίου
Απόφοιτος Διοίκησης Επιχειρήσεων

«Η συνεργασία μου με το IST είναι πραγματικά απολαυστική καθώς το επίπεδο των φοιτητών είναι εξαιρετικά υψηλό, τα προγράμματα που προσφέρονται είναι σύγχρονα, συνεχώς εξελισσόμενα και πλήρη και η Διοίκηση έμπρακτα αποδεικνύει καθημερινά τη δέσμευσή της στο όραμα και το στόχο της καινοτόμας εκπαίδευσης. Η ατμόσφαιρα είναι ζεστή και φιλόξενη και στη διάθεση των διδασκόντων βρίσκονται τα πιο εξελιγμένα οπτικοακουστικά μέσα για να ενισχύσουν το αποτέλεσμα. Στο IST γνώρισα ανθρώπους με κέφι, ευέλικτη και ευρεία οπτική, διάθεση και γνώσεις που σήμερα έχω τη χαρά να αποκαλώ συνεργάτες και φίλους.»

Κατερίνα Γκαγκάκη
Reputation Management & Communications Specialist - Executive Consultant

«H εκπαίδευση πρέπει είναι μια συνεχής προσπάθεια για την προσωπική βελτίωση και τηνεπαγγελματική ανέλιξη του ανθρώπου. Στο IST καθοδηγούν τους φοιτητές να ανακαλύψουν το πλήρες δυναμικό τους και τα ταλέντα τους.»

Δημήτρης Μητράκος
Ιδρυτής Yamas Drink

«Κάποιος μαθαίνει μόνο από την πράξη. Γι’ αυτό και το IST College μεταφέρει τη γνώση μέσα από καταξιωμένους επαγγελματίες και ειδικούς στον τομέα τους.»

Διομήδης Θεοχαρόπουλος
International Business Development Specialist

«Το IST College είναι ένας από τους παλαιότερους Εκπαιδευτικούς Ομίλους της χώρας, που ξεχωρίζει για την ποιότητα των υπηρεσιών του, τις συνεργασίες του και τους ανθρώπους του, κάτι που είχα την ευκαιρία να διαπιστώσω και εγώ γνωρίζοντάς τους από κοντά. Εύχομαι με αφορμή την συμπλήρωση 30 ετών λειτουργίας σας, να συνεχίσετε να παρέχετε στα παιδιά γνώσεις, κατάρτιση και δεξιότητες υψηλών προδιαγραφών.»

Έμη Ζησιοπούλου – Λιβανίου

«30 χρόνια είναι ικανό χρονικό διάστημα για να αποδείξει ένας εκπαιδευτικός οργανισμός το σαφή προσανατολισμό του προς το μέλλον, την αφοσίωσή του στις αξίες μιας δια βίου μάθησης και πάνω από όλα την ικανότητά του να δημιουργεί επαγγελματίες που μπορούν να ανθίζουν στις συνεχώς μεταλλασσόμενες ανάγκες του σύγχρονου επαγγελματικού περιβάλλοντος. Εύχομαι στο IST να μείνει πιστό στις αξίες του και να ξεχωρίζει πάντα για αυτές.»

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Εκδότρια των περιοδικών Madame Figaro, Shape, Mirror και Celebrity

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