Higher education in Britain is a top choice for many students around the world. British Universities maintain a strong tradition for academic excellence, and provide quick and effective education in many academic and professional fields and disciplines. British education is in English, the international language, which is an important advantage in today's increasingly international professional world. Living in Britain is an enriching and satisfying experience. Student life is full of cultural and social activities, sports and amusements. Life in Britain is relatively inexpensive compared to other European countries. This, combined with the short duration of degree courses (three years only) make British education excellent value for money. Since 2005-06 European Union students have their tuition fees (about 3,200 GBP per annum for all undergraduate degrees in 2011 but going up to 9,000 GBP from October 2012) paid by the British government and are expected to pay back after they graduate and only if and when their annual income exceeds a minimum of 18,000 Euro per annum if the live in Greece (this minimum depends on the country where the graduate lives and works - in Britain for example the minimum is 25,000 Euro). The cost of living as a student in Britain is estimated at about 900-1000 Euro per month depending on level of comfort. Undergraduate study lasts about 9 months each year, from late September to early June.
British Universities are recognised in Greece and in almost all other countries around the world. In Greece you may confirm this at DOATAP (previously known as DIKATSA) which is the body responsible for assigning academic parity in university degrees. DOATAP is located at 52 Agiou Konstantinou Street, near Plateia Karaiskaki in Athens - www.doatap.gr.
Britain offers one of the most compact higher education systems in the world. The standard study period for degree courses in the England is 3 years. In some cases where industrial placement or substantial clinical training is envisaged the length of study may be extended to 4 years. In science and engineering it is possible to study on a 4 year full-time course leading directly to a Master's degree. Postgraduate qualifications (Master's degrees) are typically one year taught programmes. This compares favourably with the higher education of most other countries where degree courses typically last for four years and Master's courses usually take two years to complete.
Studying for your degree in Britain is very rigorous. Students are expected to progress from one year to the next without allowing for failed subjects to be carried through for examination in future years. This results in the vast majority of students graduating on time. In most Universities, students are allowed to re-sit failed examination in September but must pass to progress to the next year. Completion rate is one of the highest in the world.