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Academic Issues

The Campus

The campus is located on a panoramic site on the peninsula of Akrotiri and covers an area of 750 acres, 5,5 km northeast of Chania. It includes the University Hall of Residences, the University Restaurant and Cafeterias, the Schools' Secretariats, the Library, the Information Systems Centre, the Network Operation Centre, the Public & International Relations Department, the Career Services Office, the Technical Services, classrooms, lecture halls and laboratories as well as faculty and graduate students offices.

TUC also owns several historical buildings in the city of Chania, including the former French School, the Venetian complex of the Old Prisons & the Barracks and the former Army Headquarters (part of the Venetian complex).


Accommodation – Hall of Residences

The University Hall of Residences, built on campus, can accommodate up to 76 students in furnished rooms. There are three main buildings with 66 single-bed rooms, 4 double­-bed rooms and 2 rooms designed to serve the needs of students with disabilities, all of which have private bathrooms. There are 11 common areas for all the students staying at the Halls with lounges, TV sets, refrigerators, kitchenettes, a phone and 2 lifts. There are also laundry facilities, a first-aid room, maintenance facilities and 24hour surveillance security.  Students can also connect to the Internet from their rooms at the Halls. Students may be accommodated for free at the University Halls of Residences provided that they fulfil certain financial and social requirements with regard to their personal or family status and that they apply to the Directorate of Academic Affairs. However, the majority of students rent rooms or small apartments either in the area near the campus or in the city.


University Restaurant - Cafeterias

Every day, approximately 1200 students have lunch and dinner at the university restaurant, which is open daily, including weekends and holidays, from 14:00 - 16:30 for lunch and 20:30 - 21:30 for dinner. In addition students may have breakfast by paying a small fee of 0,5€.  Students may have meals for free at the university restaurant provided that they fulfil certain financial and social requirements with regard to their personal or family status and after their application to the Directorate of Academic Affairs. A considerable number of undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as Erasmus students have free meals while the rest of the students have meals at extremely low prices. In 2014-2015, students who are not entitled to free meals, pay 4€ for two meals per day. Students may also take their meals in packages if they wish for no extra charge. Apart from students, University personnel (faculty members, administrative employees) and visitors very often choose the university restaurant for their meals, paying 2,4€ per meal (it includes main course, salad, cheese, dessert).

Four cafeterias are open daily for snacks, coffee and refreshments or/and for relaxation and meetings with friends.


Student ID card

Α student ID card is issued to each student by the Ministry of Culture,Education and Religious Affairs according to a specific web-based registration procedure upon matriculation. This student ID card entitles the student to reduced fare on public transportation, in theatres, cinemas, concerts, museums, etc.


Health Insurance -European Health Insurance Card

The European Health Insurance Card is a free card that gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 28 EU countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country. Cards are issued by your national health insurance provider. Students who have been accepted at the Technical University of Crete should have a valid European Health Insurance Card. With this card, students are insured for the period they are enrolled here for their studies. Should there health problems occur, the European Health Insurance Card owners will not encounter any problems with Hospital, etc.


Health Insurance for non-EU residents

If you are an international student from a non-EU country, you will have to verify with your current healthcare insurer whether or not they cover medical costs in Greece. If not, it is highly recommended that you get a private health insurance that covers the most essential medical care in Greece. There are several private health insurers that offer special international healthcare insurance for foreigners that are going to study in Greece.


Students with disabilities

TUC welcomes students with disabilities and makes a continuous effort to improve all its services to better serve the needs of the students. For this purpose, there are two specially arranged rooms in the University Hall of Residences; there are two lifts in the Hall as well as ramps all over the campus to facilitate access. Students who have a specific disability should mention it to the Directorate of Academic Affairs and the Secretariat of their School so that they may receive help on any matter connected to their studies at the Technical University of Crete.


Academic calendar

The academic year starts on September 1st and ends on August 31st of the following year. The first semester normally starts during the last two weeks of September and the second semester ends during the last two weeks of June (the University Senate determines the exact dates). Each semester includes at least thirteen full weeks of teaching and a two-week examination period. Throughout the year, there are three examination periods. Students who fail to pass a course can be re-examined during the September examination period.

Educational Excursions

Within the framework of compulsory courses in the 3rd, 4th and 5th year of studies, one week educational excursions are organised for the practical training of students. These excursions include visits to companies and industries and they are held only when student participation is over 70%.

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