The undergraduate studies last for five academic years, and include:
Five semesters of core courses, the first three of which three semesters provide a general background on agriculture-related sciences and the next two a general background in agriculture.
Four semesters of specialization courses (6th, 7th, 8th and 9th semesters).
One semester for dissertation (10th semester) and for attending seminars on specific issues on agriculture.
Each academic year consists of two semesters. Each semester has a duration of at least thirteen weeks for teaching plus the examination period.
In each semester, seven to nine courses are taught. Each course includes three hours per week of classroom teaching and two hours per week of laboratory work or tutorials. There are two sorts of courses: a) Mandatory and b) Elective, which the students choose freely from a number of available courses.
In the first four semesters, there are mandatory language courses (for those students who do not have a recognized language certificate) of English or French.
Attendance at laboratory and tutorial sessions is mandatory. No absence is allowed.
Students must choose at the beginning of each semester the elective courses they want to attend.
Out of the ten semesters, five (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th) are Winter semesters and the other five (2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th and 10th) are Spring semesters. In order to complete their studies and obtain their degree within five years, students have to participate in the educational activities on a regular basis.
The examination periods are three: In February, June and September. At the end of each semester, examinations are held for the semester's taught courses. In September students can be examined to all courses of both semesters. In the February Examination period students are examined only for the courses tought in the Winter semester. In the June Examination period students are examined only for the courses tought in the Spring semester.
The final mark for each course is the average of the student's performance in the theory and the laboratory or tutorial exercises. Marking is done on a scale of 0 to 10, five (5) being the lowest pass mark.
Practical training aims at familiarizing students with the agricultural issues in various parts of the country. The students' Practical Training is an important part of their studies. It is aimed at bringing students in contact with the job market. Students can spend the period of their practical training at places such as the Department Laboratories, the laboratories of state institutions, agencies and institutes of the Ministry of Agriculture or of other Ministries, agricultural cooperatives or private companies and laboratories, which can offer them relevant experience and knowledge.
Students after the 8th semester must carry out their Practice Term. The place of training and the distribution of students according to their specific interests are decided upon by the Department which supervise the whole procedure.
Each student has to carry out a project and submit a graduate dissertation in three copies. The project may be:
- A research project, i.e. a series of experiments conducted in the laboratory or on the field which may relate to the research activities of the Laboratories of the AUA. or other Institutions.
- A technical or agro-economical study of the problems in Greek agriculture.
- An in-depth literature review on issues of agricultural interest.
To decide upon a topic for his/her project the student begins by consulting the staff of the Laboratories of his/her Department. In special cases, the student may also consult members of the staff of other Laboratories of the Institution. The topic of the project, the project supervisor and the three advisors and examiners are approved by the Division's or the Department's General Assembly, following the student's application.