Thessaloniki

1. The Faculty

History and general information

The founding act of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (no. 3341/14-6-25) was signed on June 5th, 1925 by the constitutional assembly of the time, and was published in the Greek Government Gazette on June 22nd, 1925. The University was founded due to the efforts of the respected jurist George Steit and the great mathematician Constantin Carathéodory under the political support of prime minister Alexandros Papanastasiou. It is named after the philosopher Aristotle, who was born in Stageira, 55 km east of Thessaloniki. Aristotle University is the first institution of Higher Education in the city. More than 95,000 students study at the Aristotle University, 86,000 in undergraduate programmes and 9,000 in postgraduate programmes. Its campus covers 230,000 square metres in the centre of Thessaloniki, with additional educational and administrative facilities elsewhere. Today is one of the most renowned universities in Greece and one of the most recognized and reputable in the world. For more information please check the website of the University http://www.auth.gr/en. 

The faculty of Law and Economics was one of the first of the University, established in 1926. The curriculum of the Law School, provides a thorough insight on all areas of law, through its taught semester courses (winter semester begins in late September and is concluded in early January with the exams taking place from late January until middle Febuary, spring semester begins in late February and is concluded in early June with the exams taking place from middle June to early July), which aim to provide to the students all the knowledge they need in order to acquire a law degree that is to today's needs. The Faculty’s postgraduate studies program is one of the first of its kind in Greece and the faculty has continuously offered such programmes every year since 1962.


Living Costs

In general life and studies in Thessaloniki are not expensive for students. The majority of the public services offer special prices for students of the University and in principle the same applies for all stores, cafes, bars etc in the city center and around the universitiy.

A concise presentation of the approximate monthly overall living costs in Thessaloniki is presented in the table below:

Housing/Accommodation

250 € for renting a single room apartment near the university (but the cost can be considerably lower if you choose the student accommodation for which please check the following link http://www.auth.gr/en/housing)

Learning Material

50,00 €

Food

120,00 € (but the cost can be considerably lower if you visit the University student club, where the meals are offered for free. Please check the following linkhttp://www.auth.gr/en/units/8177)

Clothing

50,00 €

health (health insurance, medicine and consultations)

 

 

 

All students receive free health services from the university. Please check the following linkhttp://www.auth.gr/en/healthservices

Telephone, Internet etc

50,00 €

Other costs

90,00 €

Total

610 € maximum



2. The City

Thessaloniki is located to the south part of the Balkan peninsula and to the north part of the Greek boarders. It is the second most important city of Greece and is easily accessible by all means of transportation from all over the world. Thessaloniki has a population of 1.104.460 and is thus the second biggest city of the country. Founded in 315 B.C. by Kassandros, the King of the Greek kingdom of Macedonia (who named the city after his wife, Thessaloniki, daughter of King Philippos II and half sister of the legendary Alexander the Great) has the distinction of being a city of uninterrupted urban activity for more than 2,300 years. The unique position of Thessaloniki ensured that it has been over the ages one of the most significant commercial, administrative, military and cultural crossroads of the whole region.

Despite the fact that Thessaloniki had always a Greek profile, it was also a major center of multicultural empires (such as the Roman, the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empire), an aspect of the city that is easily witnessed in the cultural layers and landmarks that are still surviving around and across it. A deep insight to the cultural background of the city is easily accumulated by a simple visit to the various major Museums of the city: the Archaeological for the Greek and Roman past of the city, the museum of the Byzantine and Medieval culture for the byzantine and Ottoman side of the city, the War Museum for the contemporary history of the city  and the Jewish Museumfor the history of the lively and strong Jewish community of the city and for an overall overview the White Tower of Thessaloniki, one of the most renowned landmarks of the city.

Nowadays a large, thriving administrative and financial centre of northern Greece, the city is developing rapidly and aims to continue to play a leading role in the Balkans. The welcoming people of Thessaloniki are proud of their city and, with their efforts, are contributing to its development and prosperity. The modern dynamic of the city as well as the hospitality of the inhabitants is easily displayed on the rich social, cultural and night life of the city. The best way to explore and enjoy the city and it’s atmosphere all day long and all year round, is either a walk from the old acropolis down to the city centre and the harbor or a guided tour of the city in one of the open city buses which revolve around the most beautiful and important parts of it.

 

3. Arrival

Thessaloniki is easily accessible by airplane, by train or by bus. The city could also be accessed by car. In this case a driving map of the city could be found here.

Macedonia Airport
The airport of Thessaloniki is located 14 km east of the city center. There are two ways to move from and to the airport: by taxi or by bus. Taxies could be found stationed in the main area in front of the airport all day round. A taxi ride from the airport to the city center or vise versa costs approximately 20 €. The bus connection is cheaper and is operated by the city line 78, which is stationed in the main area in front of the airport. The cost of a student ticket for a single ride is 0.40 € if purchased from selling points like kiosks or convenient stores and 0.50 € if purchased inside the bus by the automatic selling devices. The schedule of the line 78 is available herehttp://oasth.gr/#en/masterinfo/list/12/1/. The ride to the city center lasts approximately 25 minutes. In order to reach the Faculty you must descent at X.A.N.Θ station (see plan here) and walk some meters upwards to Egnatia street.

Central railway station
The central railway station of Thessaloniki is located 3.2 km west of the city center. There are two ways to move from and to the central railway station: by taxi or by bus. Taxies could be found stationed in front of the central entrance all day round. A taxi ride from the central railway station to the city center or vise versa costs approximately 4.00 €. The bus connection is cheaper and is operated by the majority of the city lines. The most convenient of them is line 10, which is distinctively stationed in the main area next to the central entrance of the railway station. The cost of a student ticket for a single ride is 0.40 € if purchased from selling points like kiosks or convenient stores and 0.50 € if purchased inside the bus by the automatic selling devices. The schedule of line 10 is available here. The ride to the city center lasts approximately 10 minutes. In order to reach the Faculty you must descent at Kamara or A.H.E.PA station (see plan here or here) and walk some meters towards the campus.

Main bus station (“ΚΤΕΛ ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΙΑ”)
The main bus station of Thessaloniki is located 4.4 km west of the city center. There are also two ways to move from and to the central railway station: by taxi or by bus. Taxies could be found stationed next to the central entrance all day round. A taxi ride from the central bus station to the city center or vise versa costs approximately 5.00 €. The bus connection is cheaper and is operated by the majority of the city lines. The most convenient of them is line 31, which is directly stationed in the main area entrance of the bus station. The cost of a student ticket for a single ride is 0.40 € if purchased from selling points like kiosks or convenient stores and 0.50 € if purchased inside the bus by the automatic selling devices. The schedule of line 31 is available here. The ride to the city center lasts approximately 14 minutes. In order to reach the Faculty you must descent at Kamara or A.H.E.PA station as previously mentioned for line 10 (see plan here or here) and walk some meters towards the campus.