General Info & Access

Thessaloniki , also known as  Salonica, is the second largest city in Greece and the capital of Macedonia. The Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area extends over an area of 1,455.62 km2 (562.02 sq mi) and its population in 2011 reached a total of 1,104,460 inhabitants.

Thessaloniki is Greece’s second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre, and a major transportation hub for the rest of southeastern Europe; its commercial port is also of great importance for Greece and the southeastern European hinterland. The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general, and is considered to be Greece’s cultural capital. Events such as the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival are held annually, while the city also hosts the largest bi-annual meeting of the Greek diaspora. Thessaloniki was the 2014 European Youth Capital.

Thessaloniki is a popular tourist destination in Greece. In 2010, Lonely Planet ranked Thessaloniki as the world’s fifth-best party city worldwide, comparable to other cities such as Dubai and Montreal. For 2013 National Geographic Magazine included Thessaloniki in its top tourist destinations worldwide, while in 2014 Financial Times FDI magazine (Foreign Direct Investments) declared Thessaloniki as the best mid-sized European city of the future for human capital and lifestyle.

During your exchange in Thessaloniki you will have the time to discover all of it’s beauties, because even if it is your first time in the city you will easily learn how to navigate yourself in the blink of an eye – just look out for the sea and it will guide you!

Bonus fact: Thessaloniki has more bars and cafes per-capita than any other city in Europe, and also the best nightlife in Greece thanks to its large young populations and its multicultural feel.

You can arrive to Thessaloniki by:

  • Airplane: There is an international airport called “Macedonia airport” with daily scheduled flight to Athens, Crete and other airports around the world
  • Bus: There is a bus station with routes to almost all cities around Greece and Bulgaria, Turkey, Albania, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic and other European cities. Please check on:
  • Train: There is a train station with daily routes to Athens and other cities inside Greece and to other European countries. Please check on:


Aristotle University Of Thessaloniki

The Aristotle University Of Thessaloniki is the second largest university in Greece. It is the sixth oldest and among the most highly ranked tertiary education institutions in Greece. It is named after the philosopher Aristotle, who was born in Stageira, about 55 km east of Thessaloniki. It is the largest university in Greece and the Balkans. Its campus covers 230,000 square metres in the center of Thessaloniki, with additional educational and administrative facilities elsewhere. About 74,000 students study at the Aristotle University (65,000 in undergraduate programmes and 9,000 in postgraduate programmes, of which 4,000 at Doctoral level and there are more than 2,000 faculty members. Being located near the city center, makes it easily approachable from any part of the city.

School of Medicine

Τhe School of Medicine is one of the four schools of the Faculty of Health Sciences of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. It is one of the most important and well established schools in Greece, both quantitativevely and qualitatively. It consists of 52 departments and laboratories and its main educational goal is to transmit the proper ethical values and to help the students acquire scientific knowledge in order to be able to manage medical conditions effectively.

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The available departments for Professional Exchanges are:

  • Anaesthesia
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Gynaecology/Obstetrics
  • Intensive and Critical Care
  • Internal Medicine-Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine-Endocrinology
  • Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine-General
  • Internal Medicine-Pulmonary
  • Ophthalmology
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Paediatrics
  • Radiology
  • Surgery-General
  • Surgery-Orthopedics
  • Urology

The available projects for Research Exchanges are:

Biology Genetic analysis of specific viral pathogens which cause hemorrhagic fever in humans
Oncology High-throughput sequencing analysis of the T-cell receptor repertoire in chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Biotechnologies and Informatics LLMcare (Long Lasting Memories Care) : innovative elderly health care services by means of new technologies and neuroscience tools
Biotechnologies and Informatics Training against medical error

For more information, please check the IFMSA Explore Pages of Thessaloniki here!

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