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Suspension of our face-to-face translation and verification services
Our face-to-face translation and verification services have been suspended until further notice. Translation and verification services are offered via courier and, for submission only, by email. For details, please see the ‘How to submit and receive your document(s)’ section below and the ‘Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)’ document in the Downloads section at the bottom of the page.

If you’re studying or have completed your studies in the UK, you may need verification and translation of your UK qualifications for submission to the Greek authorities.

If you’re planning to study in the UK, you may need to have Greek documents translated into English for submission to UK educational institutions and authorities.

Our official and fully recognised translation and verification service covers a wide range of documents, including:

  • certificates of studies
  • transcripts of grades and degrees issued by UK and Greek universities
  • English language certificates
  • certificates issued by the Greek authorities and other official documents required for admission to undergraduate, postgraduate and medical specialty training courses in the UK.

Translation services (English to Greek/Greek to English)

Professional recognition in Greece
Following completion of your studies in the UK or completion of a UK course delivered in partnership with a college in Greece, you may be interested in professional recognition of your qualifications. We verify and translate all types of educational documents (degrees, transcripts of grades, diploma supplements, certificates etc.) issued by British bodies with recognised academic or professional status in the UK, which you may need to submit to the Greek authorities such as the Independent Department for Implementation of European Legislation (ATEEN). We offer an official and fully recognised document translation and verification service to meet your needs. Visit the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs website for further information on the procedure and required supporting documentation.

We can undertake translation of the following:

  • documents issued by UK institutions of secondary, further and higher education, as well as related official bodies, including medical authorities (medical training), in the UK
  • documents issued by Greek institutions of secondary, further and higher education, as well as related official bodies, including medical authorities (medical training), in Greece
  • English language certificates issued by the University of Cambridge, Edexcel, ESB, etc.

Please note:

  • Submission of the original document(s) is a requirement in certain cases.
  • In the case of translation from English into Greek, we can only translate after we have verified the authenticity of the English document with the issuing body.
  • Translation of certificates issued by the University of Cambridge normally takes 1–3 working days including the verification process (courier dispatch is not included in this).
  • Translation of other documents normally takes 3–5 working days including the verification process as set out above (courier dispatch is not included in this).

Verification services

We only verify documents issued by British bodies that have official or recognised academic or professional status in the UK.

For further information, please read our Code of Practice (PDF, 130 kb).

Please note:

  • Submission of the original document(s) is a requirement in certain cases.
  • We can only verify after we have confirmation of the authenticity of the document from the issuing body. For this purpose, you will be asked to sign our Consent form (PDF, 51 kb).
  • Verification normally takes 3–5 working days (courier dispatch is not included in this).

Special Cases

Unlisted documents/bodies

In the case of documents not included in the full list of documents or our Code of Practice (PDF, 130 kb), please contact us for information.

Destroyed/lost University of Cambridge English language certificates

If you have lost your University of Cambridge language certificate, or if it has been destroyed, we can issue a British Council statement stating your name, level and the date you took the examination. This involves a search of the records kept by us or by the relevant examination body.

Depending on the examination centre, this may take 1–5 working days (courier dispatch is not included in this).

How to submit and receive your document(s)

Send your documents document(s) by courier or email and receive them by courier

We have secured special courier rates, offered exclusively to our customers, for sending your document(s) by ACS Courier – you can find these in our downloadable list of fees below. You can make use of the special rates by following the steps below:

  1. Call ACS Courier on 801 500 1111 or 210 819 0000 to arrange for the pick-up of your document(s) at your convenience. A full list of ACS branches can be found at www.acscourier.net/el/store-locator.
  2. Inform the ACS Courier agent who collects your document(s) that the British Council will pay the courier fee*.
  3. We will contact you to confirm receipt of your document(s) and the overall fee before proceeding to verification/translation.
  4. ACS Courier will deliver the verified/translated document(s) to you (courier delivery time: 1–2 working days).
  5. If you wish, you can make use of another courier company to send and receive your document(s). In this case, please note that you must make all the necessary arrangements directly with them and pay the translation/verification fees by bank payment. The British Council does not bear any responsibility for any delays related to the courier company.

* The cost of the courier service is borne by the customer and is additional to the translation/verification fee. However, it is important that you inform the ACS Courier agent that the British Council will pay for the courier service so that you can make use of the special courier rates offered exclusively to our customers. The British Council does not bear any responsibility for any delays related to the courier company.

Alternatively, for submission of document(s) only:

  • check the types of documents exempted from this method of submission*
  • if the type of your document(s) is not exempted, send a clear scanned copy of your document(s) to Translation-Verification@britishcouncil.gr (photographs of your document(s) will not be accepted).

* Exemptions: i) language certificates issued by recognised UK examination bodies; ii) qualifications issued by UK Higher Education Institutions to be submitted to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for legalisation purposes. In this case, you need to send your document(s) by ACS Courier.

Please also enclose – or attach to your email – the following:

1. Our Request form (PDF, 137 kb) stating:

  • the document holder’s name exactly as it appears on their passport or identity card in both the original language (e.g. Greek) and English (if different)
  • the service you require
  • your daytime and mobile phone numbers
  • your address (if the documents will not be received by the document holder in person, please also indicate the name of the recipient)
  • if you submit your document(s) by email, please ignore question 2 on the Request form.

2. If you submit a document issued by a UK educational institution, a signed copy of our Consent form (PDF, 51 kb).

3. If you submit your document(s) by courier, the original document(s) you want translated/verified.

4. If you have had the same document(s) translated/verified by the British Council in the past, photocopies or scanned copies of the translation/verification.

Failure to provide the documents and information required as specified above may result in a delay in the translation/verification process.

How to pay translation and verification fees

Fees can be paid in one of the following two ways (please follow the instructions below exactly):

Payment on receipt of your document(s)

  • Pay the ACS Courier agent when the verification/translation you have requested is delivered to you.
  • Keep the ACS Courier payment slip.
  • If you have made arrangements to receive your document(s) by a courier company other than ACS Courier, you must pay the translation/verification fees by bank payment.

Bank payment

Pay by direct deposit to the British Council account at Alpha Bank.

You can do this at any Alpha Bank branch or via web banking through your own bank before the completion of the verification/translation procedure. A full list of Alpha Bank branches can be found at www.alpha.gr.

Account number: 7140 0200 2002 275

IBAN: GR85 0140 7140 7140 0200 2002 275

Important:

  • If you have made the arrangements to receive your document(s) by a courier company other than ACS Courier, you must pay the translation/verification fees by bank payment.
  • You must quote the name of the document holder in the 'Αιτιολογία' field.
  • Keep the bank payment slip or an electronic copy of your transaction.

Fees

By choosing our translation and verification services you enjoy:

  • high quality services
  • international credibility
  • time efficiency as all the necessary procedures are completed in one place.

Our translation fees start from €9.00 per translated page (250 words). These fees do not include the required translation certification fee. 

Our verification fees start from €8.00 per document.

Examples

 Type of document Document
verification
Translation &
translation
certification
Total
A single-page transcript of grades issued by a British educational institution €12.00 €23.00 €35.00
A single-page certificate of studies issued by a Greek educational institution N/A €25.50 €25.50
A package of three pages issued by a Greek educational institution/body N/A

€14.00/translated page

€16.00/certification per set of documents

From €58.00

For further information, please refer to the downloadable Document translation and verification fees document below.

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