Education provided by the HOU

The Hellenic Open University (HOU) offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses through “open and distance education” using a variety of methods for distance learning.
Students are provided with various learning materials that can be used from home to study: printed course material, set books, audio and video material, cd-roms/software, specially prepared for distance learning. Students are advised to study for approximately 10 hours per week for each course module. The syllabus is approximately 800 pages per undergraduate course module and 1.000 pages per postgarduate course module.
Students must plan their own time to study course material, work on course activities, and hand in assignments by the due date.
Course Material is accompanied by a Study Guide, that provides guidance on studying course materials, information on the aims, the syllabus, and study plan of each course module. It is important for students to follow this Study Guide and meet assignment deadlines. 
Students are continuously supported by the Academic Staff and are contacted regularly. The ratio of Tutor/Advisor to student is approximately one to thirty. 
Students participate in 5 Contact Session during the 10 month academic year. In some cases there may be more than five contact sessions.
Each Contact Session is coordinated by the Tutor.  There are approximately 30 students per tutorial group . These four hour tutorials are held in Athens, Peiraeus, Patras, Larissa, Thesaloniki, Heraklion, Ioannina and Ksanthis for undergraduate courses, and in Athens, Patras and Thessaloniki for postgraduate courses.  
Although the contact sessions are not compulsory they are strongly recommended. Tutorials provide students with the opportunity to solve problems and clear up misunderstandings, improve student understanding and performance, and promote tutor-student and student-student communication. 
In matters of student absence, Tutors/Advisors are available to assist their students regarding the previous session. 
Module courses require 4 to 6 written assignments of 6 to 10 pages, according to the subject area, and are evaluated by Tutor/Advisors. Written assignments are compulsory for all students and must be sent to Tutor/Advisors by the due date referred on the study plans.
Students also take a final course module examination at the end of each 10 month academic year.