It is the largest university in Greece and in the Balkans. It is named after the philosopher Aristotle, who was born in Stageira, about 55 km east of Thessaloniki. Its campus covers 230,000 square metres in the centre of Thessaloniki, with additional educational and administrative facilities elsewhere.
More than 95,000 students study at the Aristotle University, 86,000 in undergraduate programmes and 9,000 in postgraduate programmes. The Teaching and Research Staff number 2,248 people (716 professors, 506 associate professors, 576 assistant professors, and 450 lecturers), the Scientific Teaching Staff number 84 and the Special Laboratory Teaching Staff 275 people. They are supported by 309 members of the Special Technical Laboratory for teaching services and the 1028 administrative staff.
The language of instruction is Greek, although there are programs in foreign languages and courses for international students, which are carried out in English, French, German, and Italian.