Studies at AUEB
Undergraduate studies in the Departments of Athens University of Economics and Business follow the semester system and are carried out in accordance with the Undergraduate Programme of Studies that is drawn up by the General Meeting of each Department. Each academic year consists of two semesters, the winter semester and the spring semester. The duration of undergraduate studies is four years (eight semesters).
The courses taught in the winter semester start around the beginning of October and last for 13 weeks. Classes stop for two weeks during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday break – specifically, from December 23 to January 7 – and then resume. After the winter semester classes end, there is a three-week exam period in January-February.
The courses for the spring semester begin in the second half of February, following one free week, and they also last for 13 weeks. Classes stop for the Easter holiday break, from the Monday before Easter until the Sunday after, and then resume. Because Easter is not a fixed holiday, the exact dates of the Easter break vary from year to year. After spring semester classes end, there is a three-week exam period in June.
From the end of the June examinations until the end of the academic year (August 31), no classes are held. When the new academic year begins on September 1, there is a September exam period (re-sit exam period), which ends before the winter semester classes begin. The exact beginning and ending dates of the semesters and the exam periods are proposed by the University’s Studies Department, approved by the University Senate and announced in the academic calendar of the University.
- the student’s grade in the course,
- the academic year in which the course was passed,
- the name of the course instructor
- BENEFITS OF UNIVERSITY STUDENT STATUS
Official status as a university student is acquired upon registration at the University, and ends upon graduation or de-enrollment for whatever reason. Also, following submission of an application, students may suspend their university studies, in accordance with the procedure specified in the University’s Regulations and Procedures. University students are considered to be adults in terms of their rights and responsibilities with respect to the University. They are entitled to use all of the facilities and equipment that the University has to carry out its educational work, in accordance with its Internal Regulations and the decisions of the University’s governing bodies.
University students who do not have any other medical and hospitalization coverage are entitled to full medical and hospital care. The conditions for the application of this provision are determined by a Presidential Decree that is issued following a proposal by the Ministers of Finance, Education, Research and Religious Affairs, Health and Social Solidarity. By a joint decision of the Ministers of Finance and Education, Research and Religious Affairs , the rules regarding free meals for students are set out, based on their individual and family financial situation, whether they come from the city where the University is located, as well as the location of the seat of the University and the specific conditions prevailing within it. The same Presidential Decree establishes the rules for the relevant management, organization and operation of the University Student Club and the Student Refectory, for which adequate funding is allocated each year in the budget for the Universities.
University students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, are facilitated in their use of transportation services all year round and the means necessary for their cultural development and entertainment. The details, conditions and procedure regarding these benefits are determined by a joint decision of the Ministers of Finance, Education, Research and Religious Affairs, Infrastructure and Transport, Culture and Sports, and Tourism.
In each University, by decision of the Rector, there is a service responsible for providing students with information about their studies, assisting them in looking for jobs, providing career guidance, and providing social services to those who need them. The universities must take special measures to facilitate the studies of working students and students with disabilities.
The compulsory granting of leave to working students during exam periods, so that they can prepare for and participate in examinations, is regulated by a joint decision of the Ministers of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, and Labor, Social Solidarity and Social Security.
- REGISTRATION OF FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS
The registration procedures for first-year students and the documents needed to register, by category of entrants, are set out every year in relevant circulars issued by the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs.
- ENROLLMENT IN COURSES AND SELECTION / DISTRIBUTION OF TEXTBOOKS AND COURSE NOTES
At the beginning of every semester, students are required to submit, online (www.e-grammateia.gr), a list of the courses in which they wish to enroll for that semester, in order to have the right to take exams in those courses during the exam period (regular and re-sit). From the second year of studies on, students must also re-enroll in whatever courses they have not yet passed from previous semesters.
Undergraduate students are entitled to free textbooks through the Online Integrated Textbook Management Service – EUDOXUS of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. The process is fully automated and provides complete information to students about the textbooks provided for each course and when students can receive them. Students submit an electronic declaration of the list of textbooks they want (www.eudoxus.gr), at the same time that they submit the declaration of courses they are enrolling in, so that they can receive the corresponding textbooks for that semester. When submitting the list of textbooks to EUDOXUS, students must use the access codes (username and password) that they use for the University’s e-Secretariat (e-Grammateia).
In order to facilitate students’ access to teaching materials, AUEB operates a “Book Distribution Service” which distributes all of the University’s undergraduate textbook publications and a significant number of textbooks from other publishing houses, as well as printed course notes, in a specially designated area of the University located at Antoniadou 1 and Patission Streets (entrance is outside the main building).
Examinations are conducted in written or oral form at the end of each semester under the authority of the Departments and are coordinated by the Studies Department. The final course grade takes into account performance on midterms or any other tests, assignments or practice exercises during the semester, in accordance with the evaluation procedure for each particular course, which is specified in detail by the instructor. Any deviations from the above are possible only if they are allowed by the Department’s Internal Regulations, which are drawn up within the framework of the Department’s responsibilities. In courses where the students have been divided into sections, the instructors work cooperatively to ensure that the assessment criteria are uniform.
As far as possible, the Departmental General Meeting prepares the Department’s final examination schedule within two months after the beginning of the semester, specifying the method and duration of examination for each course. The examination material corresponds to the materials as described in the Department’s Guide to Studies and is announced at the beginning of the semester. The instructor is required to prepare written and/or oral examinations and/or to assess students’ performance based on their performance on assignments or laboratory exercises, according to his or her judgement about how best to assess performance in the course. Students can participate in internships, provided that this is foreseen by the Department’s Programme of Studies.
Courses that are graded on a numerical scale can receive grades with integers or half units. The grading scale for overall student performance ranges from 0 to 10: grades from 8.51 to 10 are deemed “excellent”; grades from 6.51 to 8.5 are “very good”; and grades from 5 to 6.5 are “good”. A grade of 5 and above is a passing grade. Determination of how this grading scale corresponds to grading scales used in foreign universities falls within the responsibilities of the Undergraduate Studies Committee.
The results of the examinations are submitted by the instructor to the Department Secretariat no later than one month after the date of the examination. Instructors may, if they wish, informally announce course grades by posting them outside their office prior to submitting them to the Department Secretariat. The Department Chair is responsible for ensuring that the time frame for submitting grades is observed. After all exam results have been submitted, the Departmental General Meeting holds a discussion about the examinations (how they were conducted, the grades, possible problems).
A course in which a student does not receive a passing grade must be repeated, unless the course is an elective, in which case the student has the right to take another elective course in its place. The number of elective courses offered by each Department cannot be more than double the number of compulsory courses. Re-examination or revision of grades is not allowed. Students have the right to see their exam papers and to have the instructor provide explanations of what he/she judges to be the correct answers to the exam questions.
If problems arise during an exam that are not mentioned in the University’s Regulations for Conducting Examination nor are they mentioned in the current applicable law (for example, power outage, sudden illness, etc.), then the decision about what to do is made by the instructor responsible for the course. If an unusually high failure rate occurs in the exams for a certain course, then the issue is discussed in the Department’s General Meeting. Particular weight is placed on the reason why the educational process did not deliver the expected results and, following suggestions from the instructor or coordinator responsible for the course, measures are proposed to improve the situation.
- UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE - GRADUATION
The Bachelor’s degree certifies the successful completion of undergraduate studies and shows the student’s overall grade point average, calculated as a decimal number rounded to two decimal places. The grade point average is calculated in accordance with current law and is based on a scale in which: 8.51 to 10 is “excellent”; 6.51 to 8.5 is “very good”; and 5 to 6.5 is “good”. The grades in the foreign language courses are included in the calculation of the grade point average, unless otherwise specified in the Department’s Studies Regulations. In order to graduate, a student must complete at least the minimum number of credits required to obtain the Degree.
A graduating student receives a diploma that is issued by his or her Department, in accordance with the diploma format used by the University. The Department also issues, for each student, an analytical transcript of all the courses which the student passed during the course of his or her studies. For each course, the following information is specified:
- the student's grade in the course,
- the academic year in which the course was passed,
- the name of the course instructor
The transcript also indicates any specialization which the student may have chosen during the course of studies, according to the Programme of Studies of each Department.
Students who successfully complete their studies take an oath before the Rector and their Department Chair. Prior to the official graduation ceremony, graduating students can request a certificate from their Department indicating that they have successfully completed all of the requirements for the degree. Students can also submit an application to their Department Secretariats asking to receive their diplomas without participating in the graduation ceremony, or asking to participate in the next graduation ceremony. The ceremony for the graduating students takes place at a time and date set by the Rector, following consultation with the Department Chairs. Students who do not wish to take a religious oath are allowed to simply invoke their honor and conscience. Students who follow a religious doctrine other than Orthodoxy can, if they wish, give the oath invoking their own religious doctrine.
The diploma is signed by the Rector and carries the seal of the University. In order for a student to receive the diploma, or a certification that he or she is a graduate, or an analytical transcript, the student must first submit to the Department Secretariat a receipt from the University’s Financial Services indicating that the relevant payment has been made.
- GUIDE TO STUDIES
A Guide to Studies is composed and approved by every Department in May of each year and distributed to students at the beginning of the following academic year. It must contain, among other things:
- The undergraduate and postgraduate Programme of Studies,
- A summary description of the content of all courses,
- The process for providing selected social services to students (scholarships, loans, textbooks, etc),
- Information about the administration of the University and the Department,
- The name and position of all members of the Department’s Teaching Staff,
- Information about the operation of laboratories, the University Library, etc.
Each Department also has the option of preparing two separate Guides, one for undergraduate studies and one for postgraduate studies.
Departmental Guides to Studies
- FOREIGN LANGUAGES IN THE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME OF STUDIES AT AUEB
Foreign languages – and more specifically, English, French and German – are taught in the undergraduate Programmes of the Departments of Athens University of Economics and Business. In the Department of Accounting and Finance, only English is taught. The foreign language teaching framework is homogeneous in all Departments in terms of objectives and exemptions from certain courses. However, there are differences between Departments with respect both to the teaching materials and to whether the foreign language courses are compulsory or elective, whether they receive a numerical grade or pass/fail, and how much they count toward obtaining the degree. For these issues, students should consult the Guide to Studies for their specific Department or communicate with their Department Secretariat. Detailed course descriptions.
Course offered in the first semester of studies
English/French/German Language I Basic Business English/French/German: Part A
First introductory level of foreign language instruction with simple exercises in grammar, syntax and vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on the proper structure and writing of sentences, as well as dealing with common syntactical mistakes. Holders of a B2 level or equivalent language certificate (e.g. Cambridge First Certificate), or higher, are entitled to exemption from this course.
Course offered in the second semester of studies
English/French/German Language II Basic Business English/French/German: Part B
Second introductory level of foreign language instruction with simple exercises in grammar, syntax and vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on the proper structure and writing of paragraphs, as well as dealing with common mistakes involving cohesion and coherence. Holders of a B2 level or equivalent language certificate (e.g. Cambridge First Certificate), or higher, are entitled to exemption from this course.
Course offered in the third semester of studies
English/French/German Language III Intermediate Business English/French/German: Part A
First intermediate level of foreign language instruction with exercises in grammar, syntax and vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on appropriate ways of condensing material and developing arguments for the writing of summaries and letters with a specific objective and content. Holders of a C2 level or equivalent language certificate (e.g. Cambridge Proficiency in English) are entitled to exemption from this course.
Course offered in fourth semester of studies
English/French/German Language ΙV Intermediate Business English/French/German: Part Β
Second intermediate level of foreign language instruction with exercises in grammar, syntax and vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on the proper structure and composition of essays and on addressing common stylistic and conceptual mistakes. Holders of a C2 level or equivalent language certificate (e.g. Cambridge Proficiency in English) are entitled to exemption from this course.
Course offered in the fifth semester of studies
English/French/German Language V Business Correspondence and Communication
Development of competencies: (a) in issues of intra-company and inter-company communication with examples and instructions for the proper composition of specialized forms of business correspondence, and (b) in issues of intercultural oral communication through oral presentations with business or academic content, analysis of research methodologies and presentation of conclusions according to the objectives of the communication. There are no exemptions from this course, regardless of the level of language certificate a student may have.
Course offered in the sixth semester of studies
English/French/German Language VΙ Business Terminology
Development of competencies in: (a) professional and academic business terminology, and (b)
interlingual conceptual matching (into/from the foreign language/Greek), through a range of business/organizational texts on the market and extracts from academic textbooks with business content. There are no exemptions from this course, regardless of the level of language certificate a student may have.
The language certificates accepted for exemption from the 1st to the 4th semester courses must be officially recognized by the Greek State. More information on the structure, content, objectives and assessment methods for these courses can be found at the following addresses. For the English language courses: www.aueb.gr/lessons/english/ For the French language courses: http://www.aueb.gr/lessons/french/ For the German language courses: http://www.aueb.gr/lessons/german/
- ACADEMIC CALENDAR
According to Greek law, the academic year begins on September 1 of each year and ends on August 31 of the following year. Each academic year is divided into two semesters, the winter and the spring semester.
Each semester consists of 13 weeks of teaching. At the end of every semester there is an examination period. There are three exam periods in the academic year: January-February, June and September.
Classes stop from December 24 to January 6 for the Christmas break, and from the Monday before Easter to the Sunday following it for the Easter break.
The Academic Calendar of AUEB is prepared by the University’s Studies Department and approved by the University Senate in June of each year for the following academic year.
- FACULTY ADVISOR
At the beginning of the academic year, each Department appoints at least one Faculty Advisor – depending on the needs of the Department – who is a member of the Teaching and Research Staff of the Department. He or she advises and directs students with regard to to the best choice of courses, based on the curriculum of the Department and the degree of difficulty of the individual lessons. At the same time, the Advisor is available to students for any problems they may encounter with their studies and tries to find – in cooperation with the Secretariat or the General Assembly of the Department – ways to effectively address such problems.