65,930 students
44,658 undergraduate students
13,257 Master students
8,015 Ph.D candidates
2189 academic staff (1703 professors, 486 teaching and technical staff)
1095 administrative staff
3 main locations
5 research institutes
3 university hospitals
244 laboratories
13 thematic museums
11 school libraries
42 departments
143 postgraduate programmes and 4 taught in English
750 bilateral agreements with Higher Education Institutions from 60 countries
755 outgoing students and 354 incoming students
6,127 registered International students (5,795 Undergraduates, 211 Graduate Students at Master level, 121 Ph.D Candidates)


The University of Athens, inaugurated on 3rd May 1837, was first housed in a neoclassical residence, on the northeastern side of the Acropolis, renovated today and operating as the University Museum. The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is now the largest state institution of higher learning in Greece, and among the largest universities in Europe. Retaining its academic autonomy, it fully respects the constitutionally secured right to everyone for a free education. This is possible because it is funded by the state. Moreover, it is progressively succeeding to benefit from its property and legacies, as well as from the funding of research projects with national and international partners. All funds are invested into the management and operation of educational, research and cultural programmes, into student and staff services and grants.


The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens develops applied and basic research conducted by the faculty members and associate researchers. This research activity is implemented in many of the departments of the NKUA and especially in the laboratories attached to almost all departments of the University. There are in all 224 laboratories used for educational and research purposes.

Laboratories are very active, which constitute the focal point of growth for applied research. Our Institution aims at developing further and supporting these units so that they can extend their activities and the work they are performing. The Liaison Office is a new unit of NKUA and contributes to the promotion and presentation of the Laboratories.  It is important that we all realize the special role of the laboratories within the framework of the university community as well as in relation to the business world. The close cooperation and communication among all those interested and involved in this effort is a crucial factor for the accomplishment of our ultimate goals.


International students are welcome in the University of Athens and, in recent years, the number of non-Greek nationals studying in the various Faculties has increased. Some of them are enrolled as full-time students in undergraduate or postgraduate programmes, while others are exchange students, studying at the University of Athens for one or two semesters and participating more or less actively in its academic life and in the rich cultural life inside and outside the university. Indeed, many foreign but also Greek students feel it is a privilege for them to be living in the historic and cosmopolitan city of Athens, and to be studying in a university that has maintained its tradition and prestige for 180 years.


The University of Athens aims at excellence in both teaching and research in a significantly varied range of disciplines.
The Faculties and their respective Departments, functioning within the 8 larger academic units entitled Schools, as well as a number of independent Faculties offer a wide range of undergraduate courses, leading to a Diploma equivalent to a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree (Ptychio in Greek), after a minimum of four years of studies. Moreover, intra- and inter-Departmental programmes offer an expanding range of taught and research-based postgraduate degrees.
Still perhaps the most prestigious university in the country, the University of Athens has established a tradition in scholarship and constructive participation in the social sphere.

Last updated : 2019-12-10 17:05:51