The MA in the Politics and Economics of Contemporary Eastern and Southeastern Europe is hosted by the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. The university campus is located at the center of Thessaloniki and is currently home to about 10,000 students from ten different departments.

(image courtesy of City Hotel)

Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece, with more than one million inhabitants, and more than 100,000 students. Due to its student population, the city is very lively, with numerous cultural activities all year round, rendering it the cultural capital of Greece. The strategic position of the city facilitates short visits to the neighbouring countries of the Balkan region, with Sofia and Skopje a little more than an hour away by car, while Istanbul and Athens can be accessed in less than one hour by plane.

Famous for its nightlife and quality of food served in its numerous bars and tavernas, as well as for the abundance of Roman and Byzantine monuments scattered throughout the cityscape, Thessaloniki was included in  National Geographic Traveler‘s ‘Best of the World 2013’ list of the 20 must-see places around the globe. Thessaloniki also ranked fifth among the world’s top party cities in Lonely Planet’s ‘1000 Ultimate Experience’ guide for 2009 and was awarded the title of European Youth Capital for 2014.

Useful links about Thessaloniki:

Lonely Planet

National Geographic ‘Best of the World 2013’

Greek National Tourism Organization

Thessaloniki European Youth Capital 2014

Map for Young Travellers

Thessaloniki’s Urban Mobility Center

Alumni and Student Testimonials

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