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Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Journalism and Mass Communications


AUTh was founded in 1925 and is the largest comprehensive university in Greece. The main campus is in the center of the city of Thessaloniki and covers an area of about 33,4 hectares. It comprises 10 Faculties which consist of 40 Schools and 1 Single-school Faculty. Some educational and administrative facilities are located off-campus, outside the city of Thessaloniki, or even in other cities for practical and operational reasons. About 88,283 students study at AUTh, 77,198 in undergraduate programs, and 6,588 in postgraduate programs. There are also 3,952 at the Doctoral level). There are 1,682 faculty members. There are also 311 members of the SLTP (Special Laboratory Teaching Personnel). Faculty members are also assisted by 144 members of the STLP (Special Technical Laboratory Personnel). The Administration Office consists of 278 permanent employees and 256 employees under a private law contract of indefinite duration. Most of its academic personnel have been trained in reputable Universities in Europe, the United States, and as far afield as Australia and Japan.

School of Journalism and Mass Communications

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications has in recent years repeatedly featured among the top 50 Media/Communications Schools of Europe and is a member of the European Journalism Teaching Association (EJTA).

Since its establishment in 1991, SJMC offers full-time, four-year-long BA degree programs both in Journalism and Mass Communications. The long-term aim of the School operations is to provide students with theoretical and practical training in journalism, promote research in journalism and mass communications, as well as uphold the rights and responsibilities of Greek journalists. Its English-taught MA program builds on its 15-year long experience in training international students in its tailor-made English-taught program for Erasmus students. Above all, it is based on the School’s 25-year long success in promoting learning through theory-building, cutting edge technical skills, and professional training, and reflects its steadfast commitment to innovation, excellence, interdisciplinary education, and international outlook.

Last, but not least, the Department was awarded twice the Jean Monnet Chair on European Public Diplomacy (2020) and European Integration Journalism (2016) for providing a coherent postgraduate teaching program in European Journalism.

Located at 46 Egnatia Street, outside the University Campus the School occupies a six-story neoclassical building in the center of the city. The school’s current student population includes almost 700 undergraduates, 64 postgraduates, and 57 Ph.D., candidates. In addition, every year the School receives an average of 15 Erasmus students while, at the same time, it trains scores of mid-career professionals through a wide range of specially designed Lifelong Learning Programs.

Campus Features

Peace Journalism Lab

The Peace Journalism Laboratory is a center of excellence in its field and within the academic community. It addresses interdisciplinary topics such as European and International Journalism, Peace Journalism, Crisis Management, Hate Speech, Misinformation, Media and War, and Education in Mass Media. The laboratory promotes research through various activities and programs in all the above areas. It also upholds the development of new skills for students, researchers, and professionals in the fields of Journalism and Communication.

The Media Informatics Lab

The Media Informatics Laboratory serves educational and research needs in the following fields: applications of office automation, Desktop Publishing (DTP), Internet services, organizing and presenting news material on the Internet, multimedia applications, and distance learning. The lab is responsible for the teaching of computer-related courses (compulsory and optional) offered by the undergraduate and postgraduate programs of the School of Journalism & Mass Communications. The lab participates in a number of Laboratory computer networks in Greece and abroad and it cooperates with research bodies, such as EKETA. It also participates in the development of research projects with national and European funds/resources.

The Electronic Media Laboratory

The Electronic Media Laboratory’s activities range in the fields of electronic media, mainly radio and TV broadcasting, including audiovisual technologies deployed in the areas of Journalism and Mass Communications. The main areas of interest are: audiovisual production technology, room acoustics, and lighting for studios, editing, multimedia services, DVD authoring, e-learning, web publishing, content-management systems, etc. New digital media technologies such as Digital Radio and TV production, interactive platforms, Web-Radio/-TV, tape-less systems, audiovisual networking services and applications, Quality of Experience models, content description/ documentation techniques, and media assets management.

The Cultural And Visual Studies Laboratory

The Cultural and Visual Studies Laboratory contributes to the promotion of interdisciplinary learning, study, and research in the following areas: forms and genres of contemporary popular culture, as they have been developed in, print, visual, audio, audio-visual, and online digital media, contemporary processes and conditions of production and distribution of cultural products as well as the ways of consumption and absorption (cultural practices, behaviors, uses and preferences), forms and genres of contemporary visual communication (photojournalism, documentary, advertising, television, cinema, visual records, web platforms, multimedia and exhibition practices) focusing on the social, political, aesthetic and generally cultural dimensions and functions.

The Social Media Laboratory

The Social Media Laboratory aims at investigating how people think, feel, act, and communicate online. Based on an interdisciplinary approach, we study online communication in the fields of health communication (e.g. health campaigns), interpersonal and social communication (e.g. formation and change of interpersonal and social relationships), public opinion (e.g. perception and use of new media), political communication (e.g. deliberation, influence), sports and athletics, culture and education (e.g. formation and attitude change, digital literacy). We especially focus on how the use of social media and other online technologies can change communication and on the social, psychological, economic, and technological consequences of these changes.

Digital Marketing And Strategic Communication Lab

The Laboratory of Digital Marketing and Strategic Communication aims at the development of interdisciplinary study and research in the fields of Communication Marketing, focusing on Digital Marketing. It is involved in: Marketing of Digital Innovations, Marketing and entrepreneurship, Political Marketing, Cultural Marketing and Arts Marketing, Marketing for institutions/ foundations, Marketing for public and local bodies, using the Internet and e-government, Social and ecological marketing in the digital age, corporate social responsibility and crisis management, Strategic Marketing of Communications.

    Student Testimonials


    Entry Requirements

    Academic title

    Hold a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) from a Greek or a foreign university or advanced technological educational institution, at a 2.1 level or equivalent grade (eg. B, very good, etc) in one of the following disciplines Journalism, Communication, Advertising Marketing, Political, Social and Cultural Studies, Economics, Comparative, European and International Studies, History, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Archeology, History of Arts and Foreign Languages.

    Academic References

    Provide two reference letters to prove academic ability and suitability for the program. However, one of the references can be from an employer, if the professional experience is related to the selected pathway.

    English Language

    Provide evidence of sufficient command of both spoken and written English, which corresponds at least to the level C1 of the Common European Framework (CEF) proficiency levels. Acceptable language certificates are the British Council IELTS level 7, the TOEFL iBT 110-120, the TOEIC score 880, the Cambridge English Advanced (CAE), the PTE Academic (ESOL) level 2, and other similar accreditations.

    Supporting Documentation

    To move to the admission stage, applicants are required to send electronically to the program coordinator the following supporting documentation:

    1. title/transcript of grades
    2. diploma supplement
    3. two reference letters
    4. a full CV
    5. a motivation letter up to five hundred (500) words
    6. samples of writings, if any
    7. copy of verified English language certificate

    If the language of transcripts is other than English, or Greek, an official translation in Greek is required. In the event any of the files uploaded are found illegible, a notification will be sent to the applicant, for the next step.

    Selection Criteria

    The consortium aims to admit highly qualified graduates from different countries around the world. Decisions on admissions are made on the basis of academic merit and the availability of places, 45 maximum per academic year.

    Academic background 60%

    This criterion evaluates the applicant’s academic ability, previous academic record, and academic reference, based on the transcript of records (40%), two academic reference letters (10%), academic awards, additional graduate, and other post-graduate degrees (10%).

    Research activity 15%

    This criterion evaluates the applicant’s participation in international student mobility programs, such as Erasmus+, or internships before or after graduation (5%), as well as the applicant’s research experience based on any published academic/research writings (5%), and a BA Thesis (5%).

    English language skills 15%

    This criterion evaluates the applicant’s command of both spoken and written English, which corresponds at least to the level C1 of the Common European Framework (CEF) proficiency levels. Acceptable evidence includes the British Council IELTS level 7, the TOEFL iBT 110-120, the TOEIC score 880, the Cambridge English Advanced (CAE), the PTE Academic (ESOL) level 2, and other similar accreditations.

    Relevant professional experience 10%

    This criterion evaluates the applicant’s professional experience, if any, which must be relevant to the selected pathway. Professional experience is evaluated based on the years of experience and the quality of the work in journalism, communication, and the media.


    Once an application is complete, an applicant is notified in approximately 15 days of the decision. The decision sent will be one of the following:

    An unconditional offer: You satisfy all of the academic conditions required before entry and we are offering you a place.

    A conditional offer: You are offered a place if you failed to satisfy certain conditions, such as English language certificates or degree results.

    You are on a waiting list: More time will be needed before we make a final decision, usually in order to compare your application with a wider field of others received later on. You will be notified of our final decision by the end of August.

    You are on a reserve list: A limited number of applicants will be made a late offer, should a place become available. The reserve list is not ranked. We will send final decisions to reserve listed applicants by the end of August.

    We are unable to offer you a place: You do not satisfy some essential academic or language condition, or the program is already full. In the latter case, you will be given the opportunity to be considered for a place for the following year. The decision is final and is not open to appeal.

    Complete admission

    To complete admission and secure the place offered, applicants need to send a statement of acceptance and a copy of ID, or Passport, to the program coordinator before the end of the admissions period.

    Unconditionally accepted candidates, who need permission to study in Greece, are strongly advised to get in contact with the Greek embassy closest to their residence and apply for a student visa. The time needed to be issued a student visa is usually two to three months.


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      Egnatia,46, 546 25, Thessaloniki