If there’s one aspect of a university education that has always interested people in it, it was the idea of studying abroad. Theoretically, this should be done with the idea that the country you’re travelling to will give you a better education first in mind. And while, yes, that is the case for some, especially for those who come from a third world country, you’d be lying to yourself if the concept didn’t have an appeal outside of studying. To see a new country, indulge in their culture, taste their food, observe their peoples and history-you can’t deny that that is in of itself a wildly interesting experience, even though it has little to nothing to do with studying.

Now, there’s a lot of great countries one can choose to study abroad-the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain and so on. However, none of this concerns this article. As you could have probably guessed from the title, we’ll be focusing on Greece. By the time you’re done reading, you will be clamoring to go study in Greece.

  1. Greek History

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All countries have culture, that’s just a given. But I guarantee you that none of them have one as extensive as those of the Greeks. Everything from the Bronze Age to the Hellenic Age to Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, Ottoman Empire, it’s all there. If you’re a history buff in your spare time then you’ll never get bored with the amount of material you have to explore over in Greece. And you have the monuments for them too-Delphi, Acropolis, Sparta, Mount Olympus, all of them. Solid choice for those who want to dive a bit into the backstory of the country they are studying abroad in.

  1. Affordability

There is only one other thing out there that gets more positive attention from potential students than studying abroad it’s low costs-and let me tell you now, the costs of studying and residing in Greece are much more forgiving to the average university student when compared to countries like the United States. Students coming from other EU countries won’t have to pay a single dime; those from more international origins will have to pay tuition fees but compared to some of the other countries out there, they’re relatively low- 1,500 to 9,000 EUR/year that also includes textbooks for the chosen courses.

On top of that, Greece itself is a relatively cheap place to live in especially when compared to some of the other EU countries. On average, you would need around 450-700 EUR/month for all expenditures, including the accommodation, which is reasonable, compared to other European destinations (Spain, Germany, or Italy) where average monthly living costs are between 800 and 1,000 EUR. The rent is 250 EUR a month and as for food you could always get some cheap street food for 5 EUR (you probably shouldn’t live on them but hey it’s your life).

  1. Greek Culture

On top of the history, the culture of Greece isn’t anything to scoff at. Hospitality and loyalty are two words which are well known to the Greece people. Frequent a bar or restaurant long enough, they’ll soon start greeting you as a friend and offering discounts (sometimes even free shots or free desserts). It’s an endearing attitude which will quickly make you warm up to both the locals and the country.

  1. Amazing Weather

Greece hit the jackpot when it came to the geography lottery, so most of the weather you’ll be facing include a warm climate with little to no rain in the summers and only a mildly uncomfortable winter, with snow rarely falling and temperatures usually staying above zero degrees. This is much bigger of an advantage than you’d think-with the weather being in a constantly good state, you can complement study time with social time and not really have to sacrifice either. You can get the best of both worlds.

  1. Educational Powerhouse

Forget all the university rankings and the listings and all the analytical sites that give you those dozens of factors to try and sell you the random university. Greece transcends that type of ranking-indeed, it was the birthplace of many branches of education. Commonly known ones include:

  • Philosophy: Now this was the bread and butter of Ancient Greeks. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Diogenes, you name it. Greek was practically the birthplace of this type of stuff.
  • Architecture: The Acropolis, Pantheon, Olympia and Achillean Palace-these were just some of the marvels of engineering that the Greeks constructed, when they had barely any of our technological advances.
  • Politics/History: Can’t learn from a better source than the birthplace of democracy itself.
  • Medicine: There’s Hippocrates, who basically invented the field.
  • Science: Greece also had a big influence in the early concepts of Science, and most symbols often used in Physics and math equations are derived from Greek alphabet. The first known mathematical formula was discovered by another Greek, Pythagoras.

And there you have it-your list of reasons for why Greece is the ideal place to study abroad in. If you’d like to find more golden countries to continue your studies at, be sure to check out Urdus.