Studies at the Hellenic Open University


The Hellenic Open University offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses through open and distance education using a variety of methods for distance learning. Undergraduate students are allowed to register for a maximum of three (3) modules per academic year while postgraduate students are allowed to register for a maximum of two (2) or three (3) modules depending on the course, be it a regular registration or a registration for examinations. 

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 five to six Contact Sessions during the academic year. 

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, Chania, Ioannina, Komotini and Ksanthi 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. 

Module courses require 4 to 6 written assignments of 6 to 10 pages, according to the subject area, and are evaluated by the tutor. Written assignments are compulsory for all students and must be sent to the tutor 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.