General Info & Access

Athens is an intriguing city, combining both interesting educational opportunities and lively social moments. It is the historical capital of Europe and a great destination for every month of the year. Romantic or not, let yourself be captivated by the Athenian landscape, the mixture of ancient monuments, neoclassical architecture and an exciting urban vibe. Needless to say, Athens is an exchange city that will satisfy even the most demanding incomings.

Athens, the capital and the largest city in Greece, is one of the world’s oldest cities. Its recorded cities spans at least 3,000 years. Today, the Greek capital is where history meets modern world to create a dazzling mix of the old and the new.

A bustling metropolis with an urban population of 4.3 million and total population of about 4.8 million, Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece.

Athens has, through the years, turned into a modern city with shops that apply to every taste, areas that are suitable for every age, opportunities for entertainment, sport and leisure activities all over and also a really vast multicultural feeling. From Plaka to Keramikos, and from Glyfada to Peristeri, you can experience many different city styles, types of people and various landscapes. Hipsters in Gazi at night, people in business suits around Syntagma, students going out casually in Exarhia and posh ladies strutting in Kolonaki. The Sea of Piraeus, the mountain of Lycabetus; Everything is here… in Athens!

Ancient Athens was a powerful city-state. A centre for the arts, education and philosophy, home of Plato’s Academia and Aristotle’s Lyceum. Athens was also the birthplace of Socrates, Pericles, Sophocles, and many other prominent philosophers, writers and politicians of the ancient world. It is widely referred to as the cradle of Western Civilization, and the birthplace of democracy, largely due to the impact of its cultural and political achievements during the 5th and 4th centuries BC on the rest of the presently known European continent. The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by a number of ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of which is the Parthenon on the Acropolis, widely considered as an important landmark of the early Western civilization.

Athens has an international airport, called “Eleftherios Venizelos” with connecting flights to a wide variety of countries around the world.


National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) is the largest state institution of higher education in Greece, and among the largest universities in Europe. Retaining its academic autonomy, it fully respects the constitutionally secured right to free education for everyone, which is possible because it is funded by the state. With a student body of about 100,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, over 2,000 members of academic staff and approximately 1,300 administrative and secretarial staff and specialised personnel, the University of Athens aims at excellence in both teaching and research.

NKUA sustains a high educational level and has managed to remain in the world map of cutting edge research and clinical practice. You can find more information about it here.

School of Medicine

The Medical School of Athens has been operating since 1837 and has an active presence in the events of our country and internationally. During these years it has provided very important educational, research, clinical and social work. Today the educational work of the 628 professors concerns of over 2,500 undergraduates, 3,000 graduate students and 3,000 doctoral candidates. The recent research work contributes in making our school one of the world’s leading Medical Institutions, preceding 2/3 of the American Medical Schools. You can find more information about it here.

You can use the free Wi-Fi network inside the medical school’s campus. Moreover, there is the Medical Sciences Library in front of the university campus, which is open from 8:30 am to 8:30pm (Monday-Friday). There are computers available for you there, too.

The Available Departments for Professional Exchanges are:

Anaesthesiology University Clinic
Aretaieion University Hospital
Professor: Siafaka I.

Available in July, August, October, December.

Internal Medicine University Clinic B’
Ippokrateio University Hospital
Professor: Ntourakis Spyridon
Available in July, August, October, December. 

Internal Medicine University Clinic C’
Sotiria University Hospital
Professor: Syrigos K.

Preparatory Internal Medicine University Clinic A’
Laiko University Hospital
Professor: Sfikakis P.

Pneumonology Clinic A’
Sotiria University Hospital
Professor:  Koulouris N.
Available in June, August, October, December.

Nephrology University Clinic A’
Aretaieion University Hospital
Professor: Grapsa E.

Gastoenterology University Clinic
Laiko University Hospital
Professor: Papatheodoridis G.

Available in July.

Surgery University Clinic A’
Ippokrateio University Hospital
Professor: Zografos G.

Available in July, August, October, December.

Gynecology/ Obstretics University Clinic A’
Alexandra University Hospital
Professor: Loutradis D.
Available in: October, December

Neurology University Clinic A’
Eginition Universut Hospital
Professor: Skarmeas N.

Available in: October, December

Neonatology University Clinic
Aretaieion University Hospital
Professor: Iakovidou N.

Available in July, August, October, December.

Pediatrics Universiy Clinic A’
Agia Sofia University Hospital
Professor: X. Kanaka
Available in: July.

Aglaia Kyriakou Hospital
Paediatrics Clinic B’
Professor: Tsolia M.

Urology University Clinic A’
Laiko University Hospital
Professor: Konstantinidis K.

Available in July, August, October, December.

The available projects for Research Exchanges are:

Biology Biomarker Functional analysis in bladder cancer in vitro and in vivo models
Pharmacology Evaluation of the effects of pharmacologically active agents in the ageing process of eukaryotic cells
Biology Gene Therapy for Thalassemia
Physiology IGF-1 role in human pathophysiology
Biology Investigation of embryonic stem cell marker expression pattern in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Physiology Neuroendocrine differentiation of prostate cancer and bone metastasis
Physiology Role of mechanotransduction in skeletal and cardiac muscle cell physiology
Physiology Role of single nucleotide polymorphisms of interferon related genes in the pathogenesis of Sjogren
Pathology Tissue markers in salivary gland neoplasms

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

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