Greeks opt for studies abroad

The number of Greek students who choose to attend university abroad is the largest in the world as a proportion of the country’s population, a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has revealed. According to the OECD’s report for 2009, a total of 51,000 Greeks are currently studying abroad. With 4,784 Greeks at foreign universities per 1 million of its population, Greece is «exporting» the most students proportionally. Four in 10 Greeks who choose to study abroad opt for a course at a university in Britain, with 16 percent matriculating in Germany, 13 percent staying closer to home in Italy and 5.3 percent relocating to the USA. Another 5 percent choose courses in France, while 2.3 percent go to Turkey. At the same time, according to the OECD, Greece has seen limited success in attracting foreign students to study at its universities, a fact linked to the relative lack of postgraduate courses offered in the English language.