Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Aerial view of Thessaloniki, Greece
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Language of Instruction: EnglishGreek
Academic Disciplines: Pre-LawLawEconomicsJournalism
Program Type: Semester or Academic Year
Open to non-KU Students: No
Fulfills KU Core 4.2: No
Fulfills KU Core 5: No

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is a state institution established in 1925.   The structure of the University today, its range of activities and its size make it the largest and most complex institution of higher education in the country. More than 95,000 students study at the university. Courses at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki are normally taught in Greek. However, there are courses in other languages too, especially at the Foreign Language Faculties, Faculty of Law (courses in English, French and German language), School of Journalism & Mass Communication, and School of Economics. In all the other cases, there are special arrangements for exchange students, such as assignment of essays in English with the use of English bibliography in small groups.  Exchange students may take courses in the following fields: Law, Economic Sciences, Journalism and Mass Media (only in spring semester), English, French, German, Italian Language and Literature. In addition, an intensive Modern Greek course is offered free of charge to all exchange students.

Thessaloniki is known as a “friendly” city with an active cultural life. Beyond the museums, there are numerous movie theaters, (foreign films are screened with subtitles), several theaters, a state and a city orchestra, cafes, restaurants and bars. On campus,  The University Gymnasium (about 22 acres), including an indoor athletic center, is open to students and staff and operates from September to June. All students have the opportunity to exercise and take part in various sports such as Keep-fit, floor gymnastics for female students (modern, classical aerobic), gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, handball, athletics, football, table tennis, weightlifting, ski, water sports (swimming, water polo) and Greek traditional dances. After a tough workout, students only have to go a short distance to their accommodations. The university has two student residences and assists students in identifying private accommodations. Once properly registered with a meal card, exchange students can take advantage of two free meals per day (lunch and supper) at the Student Restaurant.

Housing can be provided by the University of Thessaloniki if students apply for it.

Students should contact the university at to apply.

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

Students who wish to attend this program must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in order to study abroad at the University of Thessaloniki. Students must have completed one semester at KU. 

For more information, contact Jenna Hunter-Skidmore at or stop by 105 Lippincott for Walk-In Advising.