The undergraduate program is organized into eight semesters. There are two academic semesters in each academic year. Each academic semester consists of about thirteen teaching weeks. For the award of the BSc Degree in Economics students are required to pass a total of 36 semester-long economic courses and complete with at least a "passing" grade two English-language courses.
The Bachelor’s Program consists of compulsory courses, which every student must take (core courses), and courses that can be chosen by students according to their special interests (elective courses). For the current academic year 2018-2019, students are offered a total of 57 semester-long economic courses. Of these, 20 are core courses and 37 are elective courses. Six out of the 37 elective courses are provided by the Department of Business Administration. Students normally take between 4 and 5 courses (core/elective) per semester. Some courses have recommended prerequisites, so they should not be taken in the early years of the students’ studies.
Each course is offered only once in an academic year, i.e., either in the fall semester, October-January, or in the spring semester, February-June. The exams for all fall-semester courses are held at the end of January – beginning of February. Students who fail in any of these courses can participate in a resit examination in September. The exams for all spring-semester courses are held in June, and, if a student fails in these exams, he/she can again participate in the September resit examinations. Under the Greek educational system, students should complete their studies within a period of n+2 years, where n is the normal degree-program period (i.e. 4 years).
Courses may consist of only lectures, or lectures and seminars/tutorials, or lectures and practical work in the computer lab of the Department. Assessment is normally by written examinations. The grades range from zero (0) to ten (10). The minimum passing grade is five (5). The final graduation grade is a weighted average of the grades in the 36 + 2 semester-long courses which the students have successfully completed during their 4-year studies. The weights correspond to the courses’ ECTS credits.
The Department of Economics also gives students the opportunity to participate in a placement program as part of their degree-studies. Placement is treated as a 4th-year (spring semester) non-compulsory elective course, corresponding to 3 ECTS credits. Placement does not count towards the final degree-grade, but a ‘certificate of placement’ is attached to the students’ transcript of records.
For the full list of courses per semester please visit the page of Courses.
Incoming ERASMUS students can choose taught courses in English, administered together with the Department of Business Administration. The list of such courses for the current academic year can be found in the Erasmus page.