National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), officially founded in 1837, is the first University not only in Greece but both in the Balkan peninsula and the Eastern Mediterranean region. With a student body of about 125,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, the University of Athens aims at excellence in both teaching and research in a significantly varied range of disciplines. Being the oldest University in Greece, it has a significant contribution to the national academic and research achievements. The Special Account for Research operates in the NKUA and implements a large number of projects in collaboration with a variety of laboratories and university clinics.

Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine is located in the city centre of Athens, in the Goudi Campus and it is easily accessible by means of public transport. For clinical training, students practice in sixteen (16) different University Hospitals, being able to observe a wide range of clinical cases and be educated by distinguished professors. The Facilities also host an Anthropological Museum and a Criminological Museum. The Faculty has an active presence in the events of our country and on an international level. The Faculty has been distinguished with several awards, with the most recent to be the prize for the “Novel therapy for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)”. The facilities offer a special workplace and educational area for medical students, as they include laboratories fully equipped for each subject taught. What is also special for the Faculty of Medicine in Athens is the anatomage simulation program, a tool using an interactive human body to present its anatomy. What is also significant for our Faculty is the educational stuff’s research achievements and their excellent knowledge on medical education methodology.

University Hospitals

The clinical training of the medical students in Athens takes place in 16 different University Hospitals in the city. In these hospitals medical students practice medicine in small groups under the supervision of specialized doctors and professors, who are accessible for their students and care about their education. They visit a variety of clinical and surgical departments through a rotation system. Clinical practice in the University Hospitals of Athens is really interesting, as most of the patients across the country prefer to be treated there and so students have the opportunity to experience many different cases. University hospitals are fully equipped and offer not only an exceptional educational experience to the medical students, but are also used as references in clinical studies.   

The city of Athens

Athens, the capital and the largest city in Greece, is one of the world’s oldest and most historical cities. Its recorded history spans at least 3,000 years, including the “birth” of Democracy as one of the highlights Today the Greek capital is a special place where history meets the modern world to create a dazzling mix of the old and the new. From Plaka to Keramikos, and from Glyfada to Kifisia, you can experience many different city styles, types of people and various landscapes. Athens’ top must-see attraction and a UNESCO site is the Acropolis with the Parthenon, an ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Athena, since the 5th centure BC. From the Acropolis you can look out to the sea and down onto the city, the remains of the ancient Agora and Plaka. Other must-see sights in Athens include Kallimarmaro, Columns of Olympian Zeus, Herodeion, Parliament and natural beauties, as Lycabettus, Sounio and the National Garden.