General Info & Access

Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece and its population is 112,486. It lies at an elevation of approximately 500 metres above sea level, on the western shore of lake Pamvotis (Παμβώτις).

Ioannina is located 450 km northwest of Athens, 290 kilometres southwest of Thessaloniki and 80 km east of the port of Igoumenitsa in the Ionian Sea. The islet of the lake, which houses a small settlement and various monuments and sights such as the last house of Ali Pasha, is also worth mentioning.

The Epirus Region is located in the western part of Greece, and is divided into four regional units (formerly prefectures), which are: Thesprotia, Ioannina, Arta and Preveza. The biggest prefecture is this of Ioannina and the main city is Ioannina with merely 1/3 of the population.

Set on the bank of Lake Pamvotis in 500m altitude, it fascinates everyone with its beauty and its warm atmosphere, despite the generally cold climate. It is a lively city of 130,000 inhabitants, which carries a history of centuries. Each alley and square, each part of the

city echo its great tradition. The combination of innumerable historical monuments and museums with the unbelievable natural beauty of the landscape is a guarantee for the visitors. The castle of Ioannina, Lake Pamvotis with the island, the cave, the fabulous ancient city with its traditional stores and its exceptional market give no other choice to the visitors but attract their attention and captivate them. It is a city that combines just about everything.

You can arrive to Ioannina by:

  • Bus: There are daily routes to Athens, Thessaloniki and other cities inside Greece
  • Airplane: There is a national airport with daily flights from/to Athens


University of Ioannina

The University of Ioannina is a university located 5 km southwest of Ioannina, Greece. The university was founded in 1964, as a charter of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and became an independent university in 1970. As of 2014, there is a student population of 15,000 enrolled at the university (11,000 at the undergraduate level and 4,000 at the postgraduate level). The University of Ioannina is one of the leading academic institutions in Greece. You can find more information here.

Medical School of Ioannina

The Medical School of Ioannina is considered to be among the best in Greece and is completely public. Its buildings are unique in the University Campus and the facilities are modern and respond to the contemporary Medical Student’s needs. You can find more information about it here.

The available departments for Professional Exchanges are:

Gastroenterology Clinic
Professor: Christodoulou Dimitrios
Available in July, August, January, March. 

Rheumatology Clinic
Professor: Voulgari Paraskevi

Available ιn: November, February.  

Cardiology Clinic A’
Professor: Kolettis Theofilos

Available ιn March.

Cardiology Clinic B’
Professor: Katsouras Christos

Available in July, August, January, March. 

Endocrinology Clinic
Professor: Tigas Stilianos

Available in July, January, March. 

Intensive and Critical Care Clinic
Professor: Koulouras Vasileios

Available ιn July.

General Surgery Clinic
Professor: Mitsis Michail
Available in July, August, January, March.

Neurosurgery Clinic
Professor: Voulgaris Spyridon

Available in July, August, January, March. 

Gynaecology/ Obstetrics Clinic
Professor: Stephos Theodoros
Available ιn July, August, March.

Neurology Clinic
Professor: Kiritsis Athanasios
Available ιn July, August.


Ophthalmololgy Clinic
Professor: Asproudis Ioannis
Available ιn July, August, January.


Otorhinolaryngology Clinic
Professor: Kastanioudakis Ioannis

Available in July, August, January, March.

Radiology Clinic
Professor: Zikou Anastasia
Available in July, January, March

Nuclear Medicine Clinic
Professor: Fotopoulos Andreas
Available ιn July, March.

Hematology Clinic
Professor: Kapsali Eleni
Available ιn July, August, March

Oncology University Clinic
Professor: Mauri Davide
Available ιn: October.

Pediatrics Clinic
Professor: Chaliasos Nikolaos
Available ιn July, August, March

The available projects for Research Exchanges are:

Biophysics and Medical Physics Biophysical characterization of bone tissue using spectroscopic and/or scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techiques
Radiology Correlation of meningioma aggressiveness assessed by flow cytometry with diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and dynamic susceptibility contrast (DSC) MRI
Pediatrics Diagnostic tests for celiac disease
Biology Epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation in breast cancer stem cells
Epidemiology Overview of systematic reviews and meta-analyses investigating the effectiveness of behavioural physical activity interventions
Pediatrics Vitamin D and metabolic syndrome in children and adolescents

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

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