General Info & Access

On the West side of Greece, where crystal blue water meets the green forests, Patras is waiting for you. Patras is the third largest city of Greece, built at the foothills of Mount Panachaikon, overlooking the Gulf of Patras, where its jewel, Rio-Antirio bridge, is located.

Patras’ core settlement has a history spanning four millennia as in the Roman period it had become a cosmopolitan center of the eastern Mediterranean. Dubbed as Greece’s Gate to the West, Patras is a commercial hub, while its busy port is a nodal point for trade and communication with the rest of the world. Patras is a city that never sleeps. The carnival of Patras is one of the most popular in Europe.

Tip: Patras has a Mediterranean climate. It features the typical mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers, with spring and autumn being pleasant transitional seasons. During the summer the temperature usually rises up to 30-35  ̊C while in winter it falls to 4-10 ̊C.

You can arrive to Patras by:

  • Bus: There is a bus station with daily routes to Athens, Thessaloniki and many other cities inside Greece
  • Train: There is a train station with daily routes to Athens and many other cities inside Greece. Please check on:
  • Boat: There is a port with daily routes from/to Italy


University of Patras

The University of Patras is the third largest university in Greece. It is a public university, located 12 km outside the city of Patras, in Rio. You can find more information here.

School of Medicine

Specifically the School of Medicine is located right next to the University Hospital of Patras. It’s facilities offer the students a great academic experience. Right now more than 800 students are enrolled in its undergraduate program. You can find more information here.

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:

Biochemistry Dissecting the role of miRNAs, tRNAs and essential protein synthesis factors in many disease models
Pharmacology Molecular Mechanisms of Conditions Associated with Metabolic Syndrome
Biochemistry Synthesis and biological evaluation of chloramphenicol conjugates with polyamines: Promising agents with antibacterial and anticancer activity

For more information, you can check the IFMSA Explore Pages of LC Patras here!

If you want to learn about Professional and Research Exchanges in Patras, we have made a Survival Guide for you! Check it out bellow.