Heraklion is Crete’s capital city, Greece’s fourth biggest city and the cultural and economic center of the Southern Aegean. Despite its being a modern city that resembles any other big one in Greece, Heraklion is a treasure trove of gorgeous views, Greek mythology and history. If you take a small stroll in the city streets you will be captivated by the great showplaces which provide fascinating windows into Crete’s ancient past, including Minoan and Venetian times, while feeling the cosmopolitan atmosphere at the same time. On that note, Heraklion is an ideal destination for an exchange student, as it offers the opportunities of a great urban center as well as the crystal sea, hot sun and the romantic atmosphere of the Greek island of Crete.
The University of Crete is a public educational institution, located in campuses in Heraklion and Rethymno, on the island of Crete, Greece. It has achieved international recognition and is, thus, one of the most acclaimed universities in Greece. The Medical School of the university is located in Voutes, just 9 km outside of the center of Heraklion. Most students use city buses as a means of transportation in order to reach the university and the hospital.
Placed right next to the Medical School, the University Hospital of Heraklion is the largest health care facility on the island of Crete and provides secondary and tertiary specialized health care to the people of Crete and the Southern Aegean islands. It also offers continuing medical education, programs and various training opportunities (observeship, shadowing doctors, hands-on experience, etc.) in all medical specialties plus a great number of sub-specialties to both local students and incomings.
RESEARCH PROJECTS AND LABS
- Identification of micromolecular ligands for OXER1 in prostate cancer
- Molecular mechanisms of macrophage activation and regulation of innate immune responses
- Gene Regulation in Animal Models of Human Disease
During your stay, you will be able to get one free meal on weekdays (Monday – Friday ) during lunch, available from 12.00 to 16.30 at the university restaurant, which is located inside the Medical School.
We offer you free accommodation for the days of your exchange (which are mentioned in your Card of Acceptance). The place of your accommodation varies, depending on the availability, amongst the following possibilities:
- Student flat, where you will be staying with a local student
- Student hostel, which is located in Knossos Avenue and where you will be sharing a room with another student.
- Apartment, “Talos” apartments or Airbnb
Heraklion can be reached in various ways:
-By plane: Heraklion Airport “Nikos Kazantzakis”, the second busiest airport in Greece, is located in Alikarnassos, just 4 km outside Heraklion. After your arrival at the airport, you can get to the city center/ your accommodation either by bus ( ticket prices vary from 0.80 to 1.60 euros) or by taxi (at the cost of approximately 7 euros).
-By bus: For someone who is already in Crete but not in Heraklion, the most common means of transportation is by bus (ticket prices vary depending on the date and destination). As soon as you arrive at the bus station you can get to the place of your accommodation again by city bus (ticket prices vary from 0.60 to 1.20 euros) or by taxi (cost varies depending on the location of your accommodation)
-By boat: Another possible option is to travel by boat. Ships from Athens, Thessaloniki, Dodekanese and the Cyclades arrive daily at the port of Heraklion. Again, you can get to the city center/ your accommodation by bus or by taxi.
In order to get to the university and hospital, you can use the city buses (the price of a one way ticket is 0.80 euros with the student discount).
Please remember that for transportation inside the city, we will provide you with papers that will prove that you are students of our university, that you will always have to carry with you in order to have the student discount for the bus tickets.
For further information on your transportation you can visit the following sites:
If you decide to come to Heraklion, be sure that you will never run out of attractions to visit. Despite its now being a bustling, modern city, Heraklion still echoes the glory of important achievements in Greek history. Some of the most famous attraction spots you cannot miss during your stay are:
- The Minoan Palace of Knossos
- Koules, the Venetian castle in the Harbour
- The Venetian Walls and their Gates
- The Morosini Fountain (a.k.a. Lions Square)
- St. Minas Cathedral
- St. Titus Church
- St. Mark's Basilic
- The Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis
- The amazing beaches near the city
- The Archaelogical Museum of Heraklion
- The Natural History Museum of Crete
Additionally, given that Crete is packed with beaches, mountains, hilltops and has also many other sights that are definitely worth-seeing, keep in mind that you will be able to make small trips to nearby places, such as Rethimno, Chania, Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra etc. during the weekends.
We recommend that you also get informed about events that will be taking place in Heraklion during your stay. You can find everything from concerts and festivals, to movie screenings and cultural events at the following site: http://www.nowheraklion.com/events.html
- Be sure to bring with you your Handbook/ Logbook, a white coat or scrubs and your stethoscope.
- The climate in Heraklion is Mediterranean, characterized by hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters with temperatures usually varying from 10°C to 25 °C during winter and from 20 °C to 35 °C during summer. So be sure to pack light clothes and a fair amount of sunscreen, especially if you come during summer. For further information on the weather in Heraklion you can visit the following site: http://www.meteo.gr/cf-en.cfm?city_id=23
- Last but not least, don’t forget to get in touch with your contact person as soon as you get your card of acceptance, so that he/she can answer any further questions that you might have.