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.
University of Patras is the third largest university in the country with almost 30000 students currently enrolled. It is a public university, located 12 km outside the city of Patras, in Rio. Specifically the School of Medicine is located right next to the University Hospital of Patras
The Regional General University Hospital of Patras is a modern health care facility which provides important social work in the areas of primary and secondary care. It is one of the largest and leading hospital units in the country. You can reach the university hospital by using the bus line number 6 or number 9.
The incomings’ educational program at the hospital has the form of an observership.
The research labs are located at the Faculty of Medicine, right next to the University Hospital, inside the university campus.
The research departments include:
Anatomy-Histology-Embryology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology, Biology.
Last year, we had the opportunity to collaborate with the following departments for our SCORE incomings:
- Biological Chemistry:
- “Dissecting the role of miRNAs, tRNAs and essential protein synthesis factors in many disease models”
- “Synthesis and biological evaluation of chloramphenicol conjugates with polyamines: Promising agents with antibacterial and anticancer activity”
- Physiology: “Molecular aspects of lung carcinogenesis”
One (1) free meal per day is offered (lunch), not during the weekend, at the Hospital Cafeteria-Restaurant.
Our incomings usually stay all together at a hotel. For now, the hotel is Adonis hotel, Kapsali str. 9 near the intercity bus station at the centre of Patras. Rooms are double, triple or quadruple If possible, some incomings may be lodged at a student’s house.
The closest airport is the Athens International Airport. From there you can reach Patras by bus (preferably) or train. For more information click here.
The city center is not a very large area and you can walk around most places with ease. However transportation to & from the University requires that you take a bus or the suburban rail.
Bus Line No.6 Patras- Rio Hospital - University of Patras
Bus Line No.9 Εllinos Stratiotou - Rio Hospital - University of Patras
We strongly recommend you stick to these two bus lines only, as the rest may confuse you, since they head to other destinations throughout the city and NOT in the University Campus. Also ask your Contact Person where the closer bus station to your hotel is.
The Patras Suburban Railway runs every hour daily, from 6:23 in the morning until 23:23 in the evening. It connects the city’s two ends, from Ayios Andreas to Rio and Ayios Vasilios, offering a fast and comfortable transportation by-passing the city’s traffic. In cooperation with the Urban Buses company of Patras, with integrated tickets and cards at low prices, the Suburban service carries passengers fast and affordably to the Hospital of Rio and the University of Patras, by transfer at Kastellokampos, facilitating thus the daily commute of students and workers. We recommend you the multiple trips monthly card (for students. pupils. disabled & multi- member families) that costs 15 euros. Otherwise each trip costs 1 euro.
3.Church of St.Andrew
4.Achaia Claus,Medieval castle
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, stethoscope and reflex hammer (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. A famous local drink from Patras is called tentura. We recommend that you try it.
The weather in Patras is hot during the summer and mild during the winter. Nevertheless, take an umbrella because the rain is our friend here.