The International Hellenic University (IHU) was established in October 2005 by Law No. 3391 and is based in Thessaloniki, Greece. The IHU is Greece’s first public university where programmes are taught exclusively in English. The University is financed by the European Union and the Greek State. The three central tenets of the IHU’s philosophy are academic excellence, practical relevance and international outlook. The University specializes in offering postgraduate programmes aimed at international students who are interested in studying in Greece but also at Greek students seeking an international outlook. The language of both instruction and administration for all of its programmes is English. The IHU’s target is to develop as one of Europe’s leading research and academic institutions. As a state university, all degrees awarded are accredited by the Government and are recognized in the European Union and internationally.