Student Stories & Testimonials
|1) Why did you decide to study at the IHU, a Greek University in Thessaloniki?|
|a) Why Greece
b) Why IHU
|2) Describe your experience regarding the Master Programme you study. Are you satisfied with the programme structure, the Professors, etc.?|
3) What are your future plans?
|4) What do you like most and least about Thessaloniki?|
- I mostly like that the people are very open, willing to offer support to strangers when asked
- The Business language is Greek and not English.
Research Assistant, Aston University
I recently completed my MSc in Banking and Finance at the International Hellenic University. The IHU is an institution that brings together cultures from all around the world. This multicultural environment has broadened my horizons and really changed my view about various things. During my studies, I also appreciated being taught by professors with real-world experience, ready to equip us to confront real situations in our future careers. All courses were well-structured while the different methods of assessment ensured that they were both challenging and purposeful.
In addition, the IHU is an institution committed to academic excellence via investing in tools for research such as databases and special seminars. The contribution of the IHU Career Office in developing one’s talents is also admirable. Careers Office activities and seminars gave me the opportunity to gain instruction from professionals on developing my communication and analytical thinking skills.
My advice to prospective students is that the International Hellenic University is definitely the right choice for further education, as long as quality education is your preference.
Executive MBA, Bucharest, Romania
Regional Manager, Banca Romaneasca
When the opportunity arose to join the Executive MBA program at International Hellenic University I seized upon it as a great way to further my education, an opportunity that would not only provide me with the qualifications but also with the knowledge to excel professionally and personally in any demanding position.
To date, the program has been intense and demanding, yet rewarding. Even though the program is challenging it is also flexible; the modular structure enables me to apply what I learnt immediately.
The professors I met in the EMBA program so far were exceptional, able to push me and my classmates beyond the boundaries of our traditional thought process and guide us through a wide variety of challenging and exciting business topics, appropriate to be applied in my career.
The members of my class come from a wide range of countries and backgrounds; this makes for interesting discussions and lively debates and teaches you that there is always more than one side to an issue. Without a doubt, the EMBA program at IHU is a top quality experience in every aspect.
Executive MBA, Tirana, Albania
Head of HR, Bank of Albania
Deciding about a master’s program in just two weeks would seem like a rushed decision to everyone. However, now, one year into the program, I can firmly state that it was one of the most worthy decisions I could make about my post-graduate education. The rigor and diversity of the subjects I have learned so far, coupled with the passion for academic excellence of world-renowned lecturers have helped me through personal paradigm shifts, which have changed my vision about my role not only in the organization I work for, but also in society as a whole.
As a banking lawyer by profession, thanks to finance and economics classes, I have gained skills and abilities that have enhanced my understanding of complex inter-disciplinary issues in my job, such as finding solutions to mitigate legal and financial risks at the same time
(MSc in Management), Greece
After taking my first degree in social sciences, which was a programme of study general in nature, and after working as a sales manager, I decided I wanted to specialize in management and also combine it with the opportunity to enhance my English language skills.
Learning to study at the International Hellenic University at the age of 22 was a bit of a challenge at first as I had to deal with both a new subject that I had not studied before and the difficulty of the foreign language. However, the staff was very friendly and helpful, willing to inform me about the courses and how I could use important resources such as the library and the computer systems.
The reason that attracted me most to the IHU was not only the facilities that provide plenty of space for studying and spending our time pleasantly, but the opportunity to get in touch and cooperate with people from different countries and origins and all these in my country!
There is no doubt that I have become more confident and more successful in my efforts related to business science. It is a motivation for me to start my career as a professional individual ready to deal with any challenges I may face in the future.
Nowadays, it is highly recommended that one put their money in investments of guaranteed return. Thus, it is my firm belief that joining the MSc in Banking and Finance of the International Hellenic University will prove to be a successful investment move.
First of all, studying at the International Hellenic University has given me opportunities to work alone and as a part of a team, realizing the importance of each case. Moreover, I learned to regard time management as a key to success, since it helped me very much to get high degrees and gain valuable experience from writing papers on time.
Apart from the academic gain from attending this university, I also had the chance to live in a diversified student community and come in contact with people from all around the world. I consider this among the most valuable experiences a person can obtain, since one gets the chance to widen one’s scope, become independent and fully develop one’s talents and abilities.
All in all, to my mind, getting a postgraduate degree in Banking and Finance will provide me with all the necessary tools for either claiming a workplace or going forward to the research field.
(MA in Black Sea Cultural studies), Ukraine
Being a part of the new unique programme Black Sea Cultural Studies is very exciting and responsible at the same time. One has to have enough ability, ambition and motivation to cope with all the requirements of the demanding MA, but the diversity of teaching methods and amazingly enthusiastic and helpful professors make the studying process extremely interesting and pleasant. I can say without any doubt that this year abroad is a brilliant learning experience for me!
(MSc in Energy Systems), Greece
After getting a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, it seemed important for me to complete a Master’s degree in Energy Systems. At IHU, I benefitted greatly from the education received by Professors who have extensive professional and academic experience, as well as from the practical case studies presented. I believe in a prosperous future, because IHU has given me the opportunity to do so.
The structure of the programme including the strict start and end dates, the schedule and courses suited me best. This is one of the reasons I chose this Master’s programme. Moreover, I found interesting the fact that the course material is presented by more than one professors coming from different countries and having different backgrounds. The subjects are related to current trends and technologies which might be helpful in the future career of any student. I very much appreciate that we know the precise time by which we will finish these studies.
I used to say that at the University I feel like home! You can always find people to talk to and people who care for you. One feels one is always welcome there. The facilities are open all the time for use by the students. I believe that I have made the right decision coming to study at the International Hellenic University
Antonios I. Papamatthaiou
After 10 years of professional experience as a Public Prosecutor, LLM courses in Transnational and European Commercial Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution at IHU have been extremely pushing my knowledge and awareness of contemporary and emerging legal procedures leading to the future of law science and legal practice not only in Europe but also worldwide.
If you are looking for a multicultural and a top-notch public university, with innovative programmes prepared according to the market needs, with premises located in the beautiful and vibrant city of Thessaloniki, then IHU is the right institution for you. At IHU everything works flawlessly; correspondence is fast and adequate and there is no delay with any matter that might arise. IHU has a pool of lecturers who are worldwide renowned professionals and academics, and both the academic and the administrative staff is there to assist at any time. Furthermore, IHU has the well-established Career & Business Liaison Office which provides useful work-related information and many job opportunities. I have personally attended the LLM programme in Transnational and European Commercial Law, Mediation, Arbitration, and Energy Law and then I enrolled in MSc in Energy Law, Business, Regulation and Policy. I have gained a valuable knowledge from both the programmes and I am completely satisfied with the specialized MSc programme. Hence, I fully recommend this programme for anyone who is interested in the business and regulatory spheres of the energy field.
Christina - Matina Moma
I feel lucky that I was able to explore international law through IHU LLM program by attending lectures given by experts from all over the world in an excellent environment with great facilities in the most atmospheric city of Greece, Thessaloniki.
Being a student of the International Hellenic University has been a privilege for me. The LLM gave me the opportunity to explore new dimensions of law through a global perspective.
The courses of the LLM and the highly skilled professors enhanced my knowledge and ability of understanding new legal fields.
Having graduated the Accounting & Finance department and working as a business consultant, I wanted to follow a special master that could lead me into the path of new sciences and knowledge.
In addition, my business experience has taught me that acting into the European and especially the International legal framework of commerce and business offers an added value to your career and strengthens your entrepreneurial skills and spirit overall.
That innovative IHU’s LLM, with the perfect mixture of lectures and practice delivered not only by professors, but by the guest lecturers as well, is precisely what someone thinking like me needs.
I won’t tell you that it an easy course. On the contrary, it is quite demanding. But believe me, it worth every second of it.
IHUs international reputation, innovation, diversification of student body, and excellent faculty have prepared me with a strong academic foundation and invaluable practical knowledge
Take a look over the garden fence of domestic law and come to study the LL.M. in Transnational and European Commercial Law & Alternative Dispute Resolution. The program consists of a one of a kind combination of well selected courses provided by an excellent, extraordinary and well picked international academic staff. It is a real pleasure and a privilege to listen to those experts filling your mind with up-to-date knowledge about Transnational Commercial Law, European Economic Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. I am very proud to be one of the first German students participating in this master program and I hope that many other students from all over the world will follow, as in my opinion every student who is thinking of doing postgraduate studies in the aforementioned areas of law should take this modern, unique and innovative program into consideration.
Apostolia Pispili (LLM in Transnational and European Commercial Law, Banking Law, Arbitration/Mediation)
After finishing my studies in Law, the opportunity to apply to IHU and attend this LLM program seemed rather challenging to me; the distinguished chosen professors, the combination of two rather promising educational fields and also the improvement of my English language skills seemed quite tempting motives to choose this LLM.
So far my choice hasn’t disappointed me at all. The opportunity to be taught by experts has not only broadened my knowledge but mostly my horizons. I was offered the opportunity to obtain knowledge I never expected to obtain in such a short period of time and therefore I’m able to look at the future with much more optimism.
I consider this course a must-take. The opportunity to study law in an English-speaking University in my own country and meet top professors from around the world is an experience that I will long remember. Perhaps the best thing I can say about the course is that it has caused me to rethink where I want to be and what I want to be doing five years from now.
After having incorporated into its context a major number of international law experts mandated to indicate the legal, cultural and, inevitably, economic considerations upon the issue of the globalized art market, this challenging and demanding postgraduate program has managed to build for us, i.e. its current international students, a unique and innovative vocation – specialization; a specialization based on the different perspectives arisen with regard to the crucial issue of art as creation, ownership and transactions.
After 11 years of hands-on legal expertise, one becomes moderately introverted, as horizons tend to narrow down focusing solely on the area of law you selected or was “forced” into.
After finishing my MSc in Energy Law Regulation and Policy in 2018 at the International Hellenic University I forged my legal insight in a pioneering area, gaining knowledge similar to that gained by graduates of respected foreign Universities. Furthermore, I was offered the opportunity to interact with prominent professionals of the legal energy sector and created life-long friendships. A whole new world of infinite knowledge has opened to me ever since, in an organized environment, based on the Anglo-Saxon educational model, staffed by notable scientists, fully and wholeheartedly engaged in the University community. Thus, more than just a University, IHU has become a “new family” to me. I am honored to be a member of this community that offered me knowledge and whose values and aspirations I share.
The International Hellenic University is a great opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge beyond their field of studies in a very innovative and creative environment. Studying at the International Hellenic University not only makes one an expert professionally but also provides one with all the tools in order to become a successful entrepreneur. It is very important that there are Professors having different nationalities but with real world experience. Furthermore, the Academic Assistants are very helpful and they can assist with whatever is needed. Besides the good education, the multicultural environment is amazing and makes you think out of the box. Overall, this University is a doorway leading to many job opportunities with events and Career Fairs that bring students in contact with industry and with potential employers.
…young and caring staff, professors with international experience from all over the globe, competitive, and a lot of improvement in the English language and communication! It was fulfilling both as a Master’s programme and as a year. I enjoyed it!
At IHU we have access to the entire facilities needed (auditorium, library, Labs etc.) and everything is well maintained. The academics are very well prepared and well organized. The Course Office is always available and the staff is very cooperative.Innovative teaching methods.
Studying at the International Hellenic University was the pinnacle of my academic decisions, and gave me the mindset and the tools for my future entrepreneurial activities. The curriculum was designed to provide me with state of the art knowledge and best practices in my field and the professors treated me as a colleague. I am proud of my choice to study at the International Hellenic University.
The interdisciplinary range of knowledge I received as a student at the International Hellenic University was intellectually stimulating, leading to the formation of precise future goals.
The MSc in Energy Systems at IHU was beyond everything I expected. I have been very pleased by the quality of teaching. Not only were the professors excellent at explaining, making their courses attractive and understandable, but they also provide students with a practical overview and sharing of their expertise. This Master programme has given me the opportunity to develop my skills, not only in energy systems, but also on an interpersonal level as well as on an English speaking level. It prepared me for a role that involves a lot of responsibility and demands a high level of accuracy and time management. Finally, I have also developed my professional network through meeting guest speakers, teachers and classmates. I would strongly recommend the MSc in Energy Systems programme to anyone who wishes to broaden his/her knowledge in the renewable energy field!
The excellent professors coming from a widely diversified field gave us a complete overview of the different aspects related to energy systems. The interesting program together with the wonderful country of Greece formed the basics of a unforgettable experience.
One of the positive aspects of this university and this master programme is that our professors do not only have a strong academic background, they also have a firm grasp of what is going on in the professional world and so we learn many things that cannot be found in text books. Furthermore, we are given the opportunity to attend many seminars organised by the university itself and go on interesting field trips related to our field of study. Overall I am satisfied with this programme and believe it is helping me build a stronger educational foundation.
Studying at the International Hellenic University (IHU) was a very valuable experience. I was part of the beginning for the M.Sc. in Environmental Management & Sustainability, with enthusiastic professors and students from around the world. IHU is a university with a multidisciplinary approach and an international mindset. It not only powered me with knowledge but also prepared me to later compete in an international environment, with classes and deliverables in English. This stimulating academic environment and the invaluable support and guidance of Dr. Iosif Botetzagias formed a productive setting for preparing my thesis. The goal was to further our understanding of recycling in Greece and make an original scientific contribution to the subject, coupled with practical recommendations. Very happy to see the effort rewarded and our paper receiving the “2017 Award for Most Cited Paper” from the Resources, Conservation and Recycling (RCR) journal [Botetzagias, I., Dima, A. F., & Malesios, C. (2015). Extending the theory of planned behavior in the context of recycling: The role of moral norms and of demographic predictors. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 95, 58-67].
The International Hellenic University offers foreigners a truly unique academic experience, hosting a rich array of topics, including areas such as sustainable management. Small student groups and an international teaching staff combine to form perfect conditions that encourage a student’s critical thinking, while favouring discussions with subject matter experts from a variety of disciplines.
The Sustainable Development Master Programme has given me the opportunity to fully experience and immerse myself in this cutting-edge field, just as I hoped. I was able to see the bigger picture and develop my knowledge of the field, in terms of practical aspects and tools as well as in academic achievement. Τhe timetable of the programme as designed in executive mode gives a great opportunity to working students to attend.
The International Hellenic University presents an exceptional educational environment in which students have the opportunity to adopt the professionalism offered by the University’s professors, who are equipped with both real-world and academic, experience and knowledge.
The MSc in Sustainable Development is a unique graduate degree due to the progressive topic that it considers. Every course within the classrooms of the IHU was a rewarding challenge, laying the proper foundations for a successful career.
My year at Thessaloniki as a student at International Hellenic University was great in many aspects including the quality of the suprvision that I received, the university facilities, the friendship of fellow students and staff, the intellectual challenges during the classes and the quality of life in Thessaloniki. The academic staff were extremely supportive and you can always go to speak with them if you have any questions or need extra support. The faculty always encouraged us to attend career development events and many other workshops. The experience gave me a good start for pursuing an academic career. In terms of student experience, I have enjoyed talking to students from various nations and developing friendships with them. Being in an international university is an experience I will never forgot.
It was one of the bests experience in my life. Before studies in this University I could not believe that it is possible to learn so many interesting and difficult things in one year. The time I have spent in Greece changed my life in a very good way and fulfilled my heart with a bit crazy but very warm Greek attitude. I am happy that here I met so many smart and educated people from all world with who I was able to discuss everything about life, experience and education.
Thanks to IHU!
Studying at IHU has been a real treat. You have the opportunity to study in a motivating and at the same time challenging academic environment and have cultural interaction and exchange with students arriving from around the globe.
Studying in Greece was lifetime experience for me. Wisely organized program has stimulated me to discover depth of different historical or modern processes our Black Sea Region had been experiencing since antiquity. Relationship with highly qualified professors and students from different countries enriched my qualities.
My participation in the first postgraduate programme of the School of Humanities, enabled me to search an area which began to be explored in the recent years. The academic and administrative staff and certainly the technological equipment, have helped to fulfill my ambitions and I am glad that I will be one of the first graduate students of our department. Unreservely, i recommend this MA to those who are interested in studying something completely new and innovative.
As a student coming from one of the Black Sea region countries, I had a great interest in the MA of the International Hellenic University in Black Sea Studies due to the scope of my future career orientation. Having followed the largest part of this programme, I can safely recommend it to those seeking for high quality European postgraduate education, covering a wide range of urgent political and cultural issues of the Black Sea region, taught by excellent encouraging professors in modern equipped premises.
I was really pleased to find out that such a program, dealing with the Black Sea from antiquity to today, existed in Thessaloniki. It is an endless source of knowledge, acquired through constant research and with the University’s substantial contribution.
Lavinia Nicolae Georgianna
IHU has opened a plethora of new perspectives for me in terms of education and academic research. Moreover, it has helped me choose my future road in career. I am aware that this road is long, but IHU has smoothened the path for me.