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Information for the Students

Life in Auth

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki provides all members of the academic community with a significant number of services, aiming to improve the quality of academic life and support the implementation of their daily tasks. Find out information about the actions of the Aristotle University Cultural Policy Committee, as well as about the Orchestra, the Opera Oberta, Choirs, the Museums-Archives-Collections, the various Student Societies and the Ceremony Halls of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Learn more in AUTh website.


European Programmes Socrates/Erasmus

The School of Geology has developed collaboration with many other European Universities or Institutes. The students can get all the necessary information from our co-ordinators of each program.

Head co-ordinator is professor Vavelidis, Michael (Department of Mineralogy-Petrology-Economic Geology).

Further information is available at the Department of European Educational Programmes, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Tel. +30 2310 995306, 995169.


European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

The academic unit ECTS is a numerical value (between 1 and 60) applied to each course in order to be described the work-load necessary for each student to fulfill it. The ECTS units reflect the work quantity necessary for each course in relation to the total work quantity for the fulfillment of a whole academic year (i.e. course attendance, laboratories, exercises, examinations, diplomatic work etc.). For a successful completion of the B.Sc. course of study a student must accumulate a minimum of 240 ECTS credits within a period of eight semesters, at the rate of approximately 30 credits per semester.

The grading equivalence between the European and the Greek system is presented below.

European System    

Greek System

A EXCELLENT Outstanding performance with few errors 9-10
B VERY GOOD Above the average with some errors 8
C GOOD Generally good performance with notable errors 7
D SATISFACTORY Fair but with significant shortcomings 6
E SUFFICIENT Performance meets the minimum criteria 5
FX FAIL Further work is required <5
F FAIL Considerable further work is required <5

Course Registration

he maximum number of courses a student is permitted to register per semester is n+3, where n the sum of compulsory (Y) plus the minimum number of optional (E) courses.

Assessment is generally based on formal written examinations at the end of semester. The method of assessment by mid-term exams and term papers is used in a number of courses; also, a combination of the two methods is not unusual.

The total number of courses and not their separation in compulsory and optional plays the basic role in the registration. The maximum number and the distribution of courses each student can fulfill is shown below.

Semester Compulsory Courses(Ő) Minimum number of
Optional Courses (Ĺ)
1st 6 0 10
2nd 6 0 9
3rd 6 1 11
4th 4 2 9
5th 5 2 11
6th 6 2 11
7th 2 4 10
8th 3 5 11

AUTh Scholarships

Scholarships to Foreign Students

AUTh grants scholarships every year through the Department of Studies.


Academic Calendar

The academic year starts on September 1st every year and ends on August 31st of the following year.
The educational work of every academic year is structured in two semesters, the fall semester and the spring semester, each of which comprises 13 weeks of teaching and two or three weeks of exams.
Fall semester courses start in the last week of September and end in late January, followed by the first exam period of the fall semester.
Spring semester courses start in mid-February and end at the end of May, followed by the first exam period of the spring semester.
The exact dates are determined by the University Senate. In extraordinary cases, however, upon recommendation of the Senate, the start and end dates of the two semesters may be fixed by the Minister of Education, so as to ensure the required number of teaching weeks.
Every semester has two exam periods: Fall semester courses are examined during the exam period January-February and re-sit exams are held in September; Spring semester courses are examined during the exam period of June and re-sit exams are held in September.

Neither courses nor exams are held in July and August, the two months of summer holidays. Holidays also include:
Christmas Holidays: December 24 to January 7.
Carnival Holidays: from Thursday before Lent to the day after Lent Monday.
Easter Holidays: from the Monday of Easter Week to the Sunday after Easter Sunday.
October 26: Saint Dimitrios Day, Feast of the city’s Patron Saint. Liberation of Thessaloniki from the Ottoman rule (National Holiday).
October 28: National holiday Commemoration of the “No” to Italian fascism.
November 17: Student’s uprising in the National Technical University of Athens against the junta in 1973.
January 30: The Three Patron Saints of Education Day.
March 25: National Anniversary of the revolution of 1821 against the Turkish rule.
May 1: Labour Day.
Holy Spirit Day: (Monday after Pentecost).

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