General Entrance Requirements
The University accepts more than 4.500 applications per year for less than 1000 places; competition is thus very high. Greek applicants must have successfully completed a six-year secondary schooling and have succeeded in competitive entrance examinations organized by the Ministry of Education.
The programmes of studies of the University of Macedonia are based on credit hours. One credit hour is normally equivalent to a 45-minute "class" per week for each semester. A "class" may take the form of a tutorial, laboratory, lecture, seminar, or practice according to the requirements of a particular departmental programme. A student is qualified for a degree after the successful completion of a programme of studies offered by a department. To graduate from the University, a student must successfully complete the number of credit hours as described and acquired in the Programme of the Department.
The six Departments of the University of Macedonia award degrees equivalent to a four-year B.A. in their respective fields. For graduation a minimum of eight semesters (four years) is required. In terms of credit hours this period corresponds to a total of 168 hours. Most of the courses are compulsory but there is also a wide variety of options. Students in one Department are allowed to take courses offered by other Departments. Foreign language courses should be taken in four or six Semesters. Students may choose between English, French and German language.
There are three interdepartmental post-graduate programmes leading to the degrees of M.A., M.B.A. or M.I.S. The duration of studies is four semesters (two years). Graduates of the University of Macedonia and other Universities can register to these programmes following an entrance examination. Good knowledge of English is a prerequisite.
Doctorates are awarded by each Department upon the completion of a dissertation and successful oral examination.
The grading system is numerical, from 1 to 10. The final grade point average of all courses will be recorded on the degree according to the following classification scheme
"Very Good" (6.5 or more but less than 8.5) and
"Good" (5 or more but less than 6.5).
The academic year starts on September 1st of each year and ends on August 31st of the following year. Each academic year is divided into two semesters. Each semester consists of at least 13 full weeks of classes and two of examinations. Teaching starts on September 25th for the winter semester and on February 1st for the spring semester, which ends on May 31st.
Examinations for the first, third, fifth and seventh semesters are held in January (1st examination period) and September (2nd examination period) and for the second, fourth, sixth and eighth semesters in June (1st examination period) and September (2nd examination period).
Traveling scholarships and grants are available under the EU ERASMUS and LINGUA programmes. Students in Higher Education who have been awarded travelling scholarships within the framework of the European Union programmes of bilateral exchange programmes, may pursue their studies at corresponding institutions in other EU countries under the condition that the General Assembly of their own department has established the compatibility between the course of studies in the foreign institution and the course in the institution where they are registered. The duration of this period of studies abroad must not exceed one academic year, and under the above conditions considered as one academic year of studies at the student's home institution.