With its strategic position, a crossroad of sea and land routes, Alexandroupolis connects Europe and Asia, East to West. This beautiful seaside city, whose trademark is a Lighthouse, forms the center of a truly fascinating region full of nature, culture and friendly people. Near the city you can find the Delta of Evros and the forest of Dadia, both adding a natural beauty to the area.
Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) accepted its first students in the academic year 1974–1975. Currently, the total number of students is approximately 30,000.
The General university hospital of Alexandroupoli is located 7 Km outside the city center, next to the Health Sciences Campus. To get there, you ride the local bus (Number 1), a 20 minute ride. Being the largest hospital of Thrace, it includes most of the hospital departments. The clinical incomings can observe procedures, patient visits and examinations, shadow doctors and get hands-on experience on their request.
The laboratories for research incomings are located both in the campus and the hospital. Available departments usually include Ophthalmology, Nuclear Medicine, Hematology, Pharmacology and Microbiology. 2017’s projects were:
- Hematology: Εpigenetic modulation of STAT signaling in FOXP3+ T regulatory (Tregs) in myelodysplastic syndrome patients under treatment with azacytidine
- Nuclear Medicine: The role of serum 25--OH- Vitamin D values in cancer patients with osseous metastases
- Ophthalmology: The impact of refractive surgery techniques on vision specific quality of life
- Computer Science: Curation and evaluation of a novel risk factor evidence based model and repository for prediction, prevention and informed decision in lifestyle related diseases
The incomings can have lunch at the Hospital Restaurant, which opens at 2 p.m.
Alexandroupolis is approachable by airplane, train and bus.
Dimokritos Airport is located 7 Km outside the city center. From there you can take a taxi at acost of 10 to 15 euros or reach the city by the local bus.
The train station is located in the city center, as well as the bus station. The train ticket from Athens is around 20 euros (Students’ price), while the bus ticket is 60 euros. It takes 14 hours to get to Alexandroupoli from Athens by train and 10 hours by bus.
The ticket price for the local bus is 1,20 euros per ride, but you can also get a monthly pass at the price of 40 euros.
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Ethnological Museum of Alexandroupoli
The Delta of Evros
The island of Samothrace
The castle of Kavala
The old city of Xanthi
The forest of Dadia
The castle of Didimoticho
The Silk Museum of Soufli
The ancient Hot Springs of Loutra
You can check more about the city and what there is to see here!
Please DO NOT FORGET to bring with you your Handbook, white coat and stethoscope (for SCOPE exchange) or your Logbook and white coat (for SCORE exchange). You may also need to bring traditional food and drinks from your country, if a NFDP is going to be held.
Respect the place you will stay and try to avoid accidents.
While you are here you have to try Greek Souvlaki (food similar to Kebab), Bougatsa (special kind of pie filled with cream or cheese) and drink Tsipouro or Ouzo (alcoholic drink).
The weather is usually hot and sunny from May to September. During the rest of the year it is rainy or cold. An umbrella may seem useful during non summer months.