Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. It dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years and its cultural achievements during the 5th century BC creating the foundations of western civilization. Nowadays, 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 cityscape, 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 of our incomings.
Athens Medical School, a department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, is located in Goudi, a beautiful area just 3.5 km from the city center, and counts more than 2500 medical students. The University Hospitals we are collaborating with offer modern health services and friendly tutors, eager to work and cooperate in educating our incomings. Students find it easy to approach the departments using the public transportation (bus, Metro), as most of them are situated close to stations. The educational program of each hospital is always consistent with the needs and expectations of each incoming student and it includes visits to the patients of the department on a daily basis along with the tutor, analysis of their condition, symptoms and test results, as well as observation during surgeries, depending on the special character of each department.
Most of the labs we are collaborating with are situated in the departments of the medical faculty in Goudi, except from the laboratory of research of Musculoskeletal system which is located in the KAT hospital, that is easily accessible by subway. The professors responsible for the foreign students are always glad to teach and share their knowledge with eager students, providing them best quality in projects and lab techniques.
Biology - Gene Therapy for Thalassemia
Biology - Investigation of embryonic stem cell marker expression pattern in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Biology - The use of fetal mesenchymal stem cells in bladder cancer therapy
Physiology - IGF-1 role in human pathophysiology
Physiology - Neuroendocrine differentiation of prostate cancer
Physiology - Role of single nucleotide polymorphisms of interferon related genes in the pathogenesis of Sjogren
Research of the Musculoskeletal System - Bone Mineral Density Clinical Measurements – Diagnosis and Therapy
Research of the Musculoskeletal System - Course on Microsurgery
We offer two free full meals (lunch and dinner) in the restaurant of the medical school, located inside the University Campus, in the area of Goudi. The restaurant is open throughout the week and serves on a daily basis a variety of typical greek dishes, which are always highly appreciated by our incomings, including salads, pasta, rice, meat, fish, dessert and fruits. The lunch is served every day from 12.00 to 16.00 and dinner from 18.00 to 21.00 by a really kind staff.
We offer you free accommodation for the days mentioned in your Card of Acceptance. You will be staying with the other exchange students from both Professional and Research Exchanges, usually in the dormitories of a students’ hostel. Other possibilities may include host families or students’ flats. In the case of flats, a security deposit is often required upon arrival and returned to you at the end of the month, if no damage has been caused to the flat. It’s our basic goal to provide you with lodging close to your departments or public transportation, in order to facilitate your daily program and ensure your easy access to the city centre.
After your arrival at the international airport “El. Venizelos”, you are able to take the Metro- Blue Line: Airport- Agia Marina, at the cost of 5 euros, if you are under 25 years old and you show your Student Identity Card, or 10 euros if you don’t fulfill the criteria mentioned above. Your other alternative option is to use the bus X95, at the cost of 3 or 6 euros, depending on your age. We highly recommend you to issue a monthly card, right after your arrival, at major Metro Stations (such as Syntagma, Ampelokipoi, Panepistimio) at the cost of 15 or 30 euros, by showing your passport and Student Identity Card, which provides you with unlimited use of all means of transport throughout the whole month. In addition, the public means of transport start at 5.30 in the morning and stop at midnight, except for Friday and Saturday, when the Metro stops at 2.00 a.m. approximately.
The University is a ten minute walk from the closest metro station (Ampelokipoi- Blue Line). There is a bus stop leading to the historical city center and every hospital we work with, located right in front of the entrance of the university (the station is called “LAIKO” and the buses 622/815 lead you to Syntagma and Panepistimio)
Also, using the red line of Metro (Anthoupoli- Elliniko) you can get to Larissa Station, where most of trains depart from, and using the Green Line of Metro (Piraeus- Kifissia) you are able to approach the port of Piraeus.
Last but not least, we recommend you to download the applications called “OASA Telematics” or “Moovit”, which offer useful information about the timetable of public means of transport and possible routes to follow to reach your destination.
Athens has been repeatedly declared one of the best tourist cities in the world! Among the many attractions you should surely see and discover their history are:
- The Acropolis and its museum
- The Ancient Agora
- The National Archaeological Museum
- The Greek Parliament at Syntagma square & the Change of Guards
- Monastiraki, which never sleeps
- The Lycabettus hill, with its amazing view
- The Plato’s Academy
- The National Garden, which is great for a picnic
- The Panathenaic Stadium
- Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
- The beautiful beaches of the south eastern suburbs
But you should also not forget that the relatively small size of Greece is ideal for weekend excursions! You should definitely visit the greek islands during the summer to understand what all the buzz is about - Santorini, Paros, Ionian islands , but also Aegina and Andros, which are just one hour away! The winter is also a fantastic season to visit places like the Meteora or Delphi. Greece always gives you places to visit and special moments to live, no matter which month you choose for your exchange!
As far as the academic part is concerned, don’t forget to bring with you your Handbook/ Logbook, white coat or scrubs and stethoscope.For cheaper transportation you could purchase a monthly card, so make sure you have your student’s ID.
Check the weather conditions on the period you are going to arrive.In Greece, the climate is Mediterranean, with mild and moderately rainy winters, and hot and sunny summers. The city , from December to mid-March, it's sometimes subject to outbreaks of cold air from the Balkan Peninsula, which can bring cold and rain for some days, and sometimes even snow. Snowfalls occur more easily in the northern part of the city.Summer is hot and sunny; In July and August the temperature reaches quite easily 35/36 °C (95/97 °F), but sometimes even 40 °C (104 °F).
Get in touch with your Contact Person. as soon as you receive your Card of Acceptance, and he or she will be there to answer your questions and help you make the most out of your exchange.
In case we organise a National Food and Drink Party, don’t forget to bring with you something traditional from your country!
Don’t forget to bring all your positive energy & your biggest smile and - without a doubt- get prepared for an awesome experience! All in all, an amazing journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, so grab this chance and choose our LC for your exchange!