Crete is the largest island of Greece with a rich history, famous gastronomy, diverse geography and home of the Minoan civilization, the first civilization of Europe.  

Situated at the southern part of Greece, Crete has always been an important commercial and cultural crossroad and today remains the center of economic, scientific and cultural activity in the Aegean. 

The university campuses are located in two of the largest cities of Crete


Rethymno, or Rithymna as it was once called, has been inhabited since the Later Minoan III period.


Heraklion is the capital and administrative center of Crete.

Quick facts

Often described as a “small continent”, Crete is a diverse place with a significant natural, cultural and historical wealth, ideal for anyone seeking a unique experience.

km2 (3,219 sq miles)

km of coastline (650 miles)



The island of Crete is divided in four prefectures (Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion and Lassithi), each with a distinct identity.


Crete’s urban centers are concentrated at the north coast of the island, which is also the most developed, while the south coast is characterized by mild tourist development, pristine nature and beautiful secluded beaches. The mainland of Crete is defined by vast mountain ranges and fertile valleys where the famous Cretan olive oil is produced, as well as other traditional products of international fame.