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Dear Partners,
We would like to inform you about the current situation in Greece in reference to the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, the vaccination programme against the Coronavirus is in progress. The use of facemask is mandatory only in indoor spaces   and public transport means. However, the use of facemask is recommended in crowded outdoor areas since the thread of the coronavirus mutations is present.   All events of culture are being held by following the specific measures (a certain percentage of attendance, use of mask e.t.c.) and the restaurants are open but only in outdoor.

In reference to the operation of Greek Universities, please note that according to the latest announcement of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs the courses in the autumn semester 21-22 will be held by physical presence.   

Students will have access to the classrooms only if  a) they are fully vaccinated (a copy of the COVID vaccination Certificate digital or printed will be required) or b) have been infected and have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months (a certificate will also be required and it  can be issued thirty (30) days after the positive test result whereas it is valid for six months).

The Ministry is looking into possible alternatives for students who do not belong in these categories (e.g. the use of PCR tests, etc.).

The Orientation Day will be held digitally on Monday 27 September 2021 at 12.00 p.m, CET (13:00 p.m. local time).

Students in order to organize their mobility should take into consideration that the starting date of the winter semester at their host School/Department will be considered as the starting date of their study period at NKUA. However, it is highly recommended to organize their physical mobility after having confirmed that their expenses (plane ticket, accommodation, etc.) can be refunded. They have been encouraged to keep informed by:

Please be assured that our main concern is the health and safety of our University community, therefore we will keep monitoring the development of this unpredictable situation and we will keep you and the students informed on any possible change/direction following the instructions taken by the University’s governing Bodies and/or our National Authorities.  All updates will be also available on our webpage: (http://en.interel.uoa.gr/erasmus/for-admitted-students-covid-19-information.html.



Dear partners,

Due to the COVID-19 situation in Greece and since we consider all of our students’ safety our top priority, we would like to inform you that following the health restrictions announced by the Ministry of Education, face to face courses as well as laboratory practices of both undergraduate and postgraduate level that include physical presence are now suspended. Research assignments and theses requiring physical presence, are suspended as well.

 As far as the spring semester courses are concerned, they will be conducted on line in the beginning (either from students’ Home country or from Athens) and later, hopefully, will be continued with physical presence with the exception of our Department of Medicine that has made the hard decision to cancel all -physical and online- incoming mobilities.

The exact length of each part (on-line courses and face-to-face tutoring) of this period of blended mobility cannot be presently announced. It will be decided in reference to the challenging situation of COVID-19 and always in compliance with the latest guidelines of our National Authorities. The starting date of the spring semester at the host School/Department will be considered as the starting date of the study period at NKUA.

Taking into consideration that during the last months internships carried out in health units and hospitals have been suspended, we consider further suspension regarding the spring term very likely. However in case that epidemiological indicators allow it, Erasmus+ for Traineeship requests will be examined individually on a departmental basis after March 2021. We sincerely hope that in the near future we’ll be able to resume all our academic activities without the current impediments.


Dear Partners,

First of all, we wish that this message finds you and your families in good health.

We would like to thank you for keeping us informed about the situation in your Institutions and your countries.

Although the situation in Greece is quite safe now and we have tried to organize the Erasmus+ mobility for incoming students for winter semester 2020-2021 as usual, the estimation that there will be a new wave of pandemic in autumn, forces us to change our initial planning.

Therefore, the conduction of online courses for the first weeks/months of the next term seems inevitable.  The exact length of each part (on-line courses and  face-to-face tutoring) of this period of blended mobility cannot be presently announced.  It  will  be decided in reference to the  challenging situation of COVID-19 and always in compliance with the latest guidelines of our National Authorities. 

We do hope that most of incoming students’ mobility will be held by face-to-face tutoring since the importance of the physical presence of students and their integration in a different cultural and educational environment is the corner stone of the programme.

Please let us know if your students –under these circumstances- wish to cancel their participation or transfer it to the spring semester. We would like to underline though, that the change of semester cannot be accepted automatically, since the decision will be made after consultation with our Academic Coordinators.

Kindly be informed that all updates on the measures we have taken for  COVID-19 are available at our website: http://en.interel.uoa.gr/erasmus.html.   

Information on current regulations for travelers to Greece is available via the interactive tool that the European Union has established:  https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/GRC

We continue to monitor the situation and we will inform you and your students of any changes, based on new decisions that may be taken by the University’s governing bodies and/or our Νational Authorities.  

Kind regards,

Fotini Fryda
Head of the European and
International Relations Department
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
30, Panepistimiou str., 106 79 Athens
Tel.:+30 210 3689713,
E-mail: ffryda[at]uoa[dot]gr