Jul 11
Last Updated on 28 July 2011

Technical Education

After completing their "Gymnasio", pupils can be registered at all types of "Lykeio" as well as the Technical Vocational Schools (TES) and Technical Vocational Lykeio (TEL), which can be either State schools or private institutions. In State schools, education is provided free of charge and there are both daytime and evening courses

Technical Vocational Schools (TES) and Technical Vocational Lykeio (TEL), offer daytime courses lasting 2 years and evening courses lasting 3 years. They prepare pupils for the world of work.
Technical Vocational Lykeio (TEL ) constitute the second largest category of lykeio. Graduates can participate in General Examinations in order to be admitted to the University or TEI ( non university technological institutes of tertiary education) without examinations, on the basis of their grade record at the TEL.This privilege of entering without examinations is, however scheduled for abolition under the new Law for education.

Pupils who wish to learn a trade can enrol in a Technical Vocation School (TES). Class participation in TES is compulsory and full-time. Attendance is for 2 years in daytime TES and 3 years in evening TES. Graduates from TES obtain a diploma of specialisation and can either enrol in a second year of TEL, or Comprehensive Lykeio or enter the labour market.

Pupils who have completed the Gymnasio can enrol in any upper secondary institution on the basis of the lower secondary school-leaving certificate. There are no entrance examinations. The pupil must be at least 14 years old.

Tuition fees
The public general upper secondary school is free of charge and school books are distributed free of charge to the pupils by the State.

The teaching of foreign languages (either English or French or German) is provided in all types of Lykeio; in the Classical Lykeio German is always taught.

At the end of each school year, in June, pupils sit official written examinations in each subject to determine whether they move up to the next year. The final mark of each pupil is based on her/his average mark for oral assessment and the marks in the written examinations at the end of the year.

At the end of the third year of Lykeio, pupils sit a final examination which, if passed, entitles them to the leaving certificate (Apolytirio Lykeiou).

Financial assistance
For upper secondary school, financial assistance is in the same forms as for compulsory schooling.