Greece (HelMSIC) - Ioannina
Anaesthesia Anatomic Pathology Gynaecology/Obstetrics Hematology Intensive and Critical Care Internal Medicine-Cardiology Internal Medicine-Endocrinology Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology Internal Medicine-General Internal Medicine-Nephrology Internal Medicine-Pulmonary Internal Medicine-Rheumatology Neurology Oncology Ophthalmology Otorhinolaryngology Paediatrics Radiology Surgery-Cardiothoracic Surgery Surgery-General Surgery-Neurosurgery Surgery-Orthopedics Urology
March, April, May, July, August, October, November, December, January
Students Cafeteria
Student dorms, Student apartment, Hosting family, Hotel
For SCORE students: a high level of English is necessary in order to be able to communicate efficiently in t he laboratory.
Eleftheria Leriadi
Periklis Abou Chantitzi

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.


Department of Medicine

The School of Medicine of the University of Ioannina was established in 1977. During the academic year of its establishment (1977-1978) the School comprised of 5 elected faculty members and 86 students.

Today the Department comprises of:

162 faculty members

1263 undergraduate students

112 postgraduate students

708 PhD candidates



The University General Hospital of Ioannina is located next to the Department of Medicine and can be reached by bus (16,17 or 18) because it is located out of the city center.


The departments we collaborate with can be seen above.



The labs that welcome our incomings are located in the Medical Faculty or the University Hospital and can be reached by bus (route 16,17, 18).

Research projects of the previous year:

  • Epidemiology: Overview of systematic reviews and meta-analyses investigating the effectiveness of behavioural physical activity interventions
  • Pediatrics:
    • Vitamin D status in children on long term antiepileptic therapy
    • Diagnostic tests for celiac disease
  • Clinical Chemistry: Epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation in breast cancer stem cells
  • Physics: Correlation of meningioma grades with diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and dynamic
    susceptibility contrast (DSC) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  • Pharmacology: Role of D2-linked pathways in chemical carcinogenesis
  • We usually provide the incomings with 3 free meals/day at the student restaurant. During the periods when the students’ restaurant is closed we provide at least 1 meal/day.


    Timetables for student restaurant:

    • Breakfast: 7:30 - 9:30
    • Lunch: 11:30 - 15:00
    • Dinner: 18:00 - 21:00


We usually host our incomings to dormitories that are usually used to host students of extracurricular programmes. The dormitories, called  DIKEPPEE Stavros Niarchos, are located in University Campus. Even though they are really close to the Departmet and to the University General Hospital, the city center can be reached by bus or taxi. In case of dormitories’ unavailability, we search for hosting.


The development of the road network has made getting to Ioannina much easier. It takes just 2,5 hours from Thessaloniki on the Egnatia Highway by bus for 30€ (, and from Athens it can be reached in 4,5 hours for 40€ via Patras, on the wonderful route over the Rio Antirrio Bridge (

Taking an airplane from Athens to Ioannina will be much faster as the flight is 1-hour long, though it is more expensive (Aegean & Olympic airlines). There is also the alternative of taking the ferry boat from Corfu to Igoumenitsa for 10€, and from there continuing by bus to Ioannina for another 10€.

Public transport also services the access road to the city (route 2).


Getting around in town is easy on foot. Buses and taxis are also available. Stavros Niarchos dormitories and the hospital are located right next to the campus so you can go on foot if you are staying there. If you are staying in the city center, you will need to take the No. 16, 17 or 18 bus from the city center to reach the campus. Price of 1-way ticket is 0,60€. We will send you more information before you arrive.


We take part in HelMSIC regional social programme for all incomings in July and August, visiting different places in Greece. We also offer local events such as parties, city walks, National Food and Drink Party, trips to cool places nearby or further, and more. The social program depends on the number of incoming students and the month of the exchange.


Castle of Ioannina: It is a landmark of the city. Its present form is due to Ali Pasha, who rebuilt the castle in 1815 on its foundations.


Ioannina Lake Island: It is an important part of the history of the city of Ioannina: it has been linked to the story of Ali Pasha. It’s accessible by boats, which leave every 30 minutes in the summer and one hour in winter. On the Island there are scenic local art shops and restaurants serving fish, eels, frogs, etc. It is a pillar of touristic development in Ioannina.


Perama Cave: The cave is part of an underground river bed, which was built in the pre-Ottoman period, about 1,500,000 years


Pavlos Vrellis Wax Statue Museum: The waxworks of Pavlos Vrellis are there to reproduce for you great moments of Greek History, representing the historical struggles of the city but also its great glories. The sure thing is, you will be astounded when you see those exhibits. They look so alive that one may find it difficult to believe that they are made of wax.


You can check more about the city and what there is to see here!


Please DO NOT FORGET to bring with you your Handbook and white coat (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.

Traditional street food in Greece is pita gyros and souvlaki, while ouzo and tsipouro are our traditional drinks. An umbrella may seem useful during non summer months.