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University of Crete

4.1 out of 5 (77 ratings / 56 reviews) Rethymno, Greece
Quality assurance goes hand-in-hand with commitment to the University’s mission, so as to ensure that the quality of education and research training provided is under continuous review and that the standards set are appropriate and are being met.

Master's Programmes



Established in 1973, the University accepted its first students in 1977-78. It now has 16 Departments in 5 Schools (Philosophy, Education, Social, Economic & Political Sciences, Sciences & Engineering, and Medicine) as well as a number of affiliated research-oriented institutions, including the Skinakas Observatory, the Natural History Museum, and the University General Hospital.


Crete currently benefits from an academic and technological environment of international standards which has been built up over the last 30 years through a cluster of research orientated institutions including the University, the Institutes of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), which has its headquarters in Heraklion, Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC), and the University General Hospital (PagNi), as well as other HEIs in the region – the Technical University (TUC) the Technological Educational Institute (TEI),and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Hania (MAIch).


Research and research training activities at the University are organized along the lines of the Divisions within each Department. Research activity follows the classic academic model insofar as it is driven by the initiatives of scholars and scientists in developing their own curiosity-driven or practice-based projects or working in collaboration with other research groups.

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University Ranking

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Library services

The modern purpose built central library in Rethymnon and campus libraries in Heraklion have one of the largest collections in Greece of printed academic titles and journals, including an important collection of rare books on Greek history and civilization, as well as digital information sources (e-journals, databases, and other materials in digital format).

Student Life

Student clubs

The organizational structure of University administration is subject to detailed, frequently amended, rules and regulations as determined primarily by the Ministry of Education. Administrative, academic and related support services have evolved within and around this framework, in line with the development and associated needs of the University and the University community. This is an on-going process.

Student Reviews

A sociologist's point of view
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great programme, good professors. Needed more funding

I can not wait to expand my knowledge. I can not wait to learn.
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My experience at university of crete was excellent. The provided facilities and experienced staff of this insitution gave me a geat experience and a geat student life.

Very good basis, requires commitment
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

We learned a lot, from basics to advanced, explored a lot of areas and received a good background and a lot of experience through projects that will help us in the future.


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