The Hellenic Open University


Hellenic Open University is a state, independent and self-governed university, founded in 1992 (Article 27 of Act 2083/92) in Patras. It hosts 26.150 students pursuing degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and is, in terms of student potential, among the most popular universities of the country. Studies lead to BA, MA and Doctoral degrees. Faculty and staff number 2300 members.

Unlike other Greek universities, knowledge at HOU is diffused through non-conventional methods, such as long-distance learning. Furthermore, HOU pioneered other innovations such as:
- University departments are replaced by more diversified "Programmes of Study".
- Internal Assessment and evaluation takes place annually.
- Mixed methods of learning are used including distance learning.
- Its four Faculties (Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Applied Arts and Faculty of Science and Technology) provide in total, six undergraduate programs and twenty-six (26) postgraduate programs.
- Students have direct access to their grades, to a University distance-access Library and Information Service (D.L.I.S.).