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Participating cities (LC's) Alexandroupoli, Athens, Crete, Ioannina, Larissa, Patra, Thessaloniki
Languages Greek
Currency (how much is a Bigmac?) Euro (€); BigMac = 3,20 €
Time zone Eastern European Time (UTC +2) Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people 4,52
Member of IFMSA since... 1958
Number of incoming students per year 270
Who are our NEO's Vaya Petrou
Who are our NORE's Evangelia Antonopoulou
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Welcome Note

Welcome to Greece! Come for professional exchange in one of our 19 university hospitals or one of our 30 projects around the country!!


Greece, also known as Hellas and officially the Hellenic Republic (Ελληνική Δημοκρατία) is a country in southeastern Europe, situated on the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of mainland Greece, the Ionian Sea to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has the tenth longest coastline in the world at 14,880 km (9,246 mi) in length, featuring a vast number of islands (approximately 1400, of which 227 are inhabited), including Crete, the Dodecanese, the Cyclades, and the Ionian Islands among others. Eighty percent of Greece consists of mountains, of which Mount Olympus is the highest at 2,917 m (9,570 ft). Modern Greece traces its roots to the civilization of ancient Greece, generally considered to be the cradle of Western civilization. As such, it is the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature and historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, and Western drama, including both tragedy and comedy. This legacy is partly reflected in the 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Greece. Greece. A developed country with a very high Human Development Index and standard of living, Greece has been a member of what is now the European Union since 1981 and its Economic and Monetary Union since 2001,NATO since 1952, and the European Space Agency since 2005.It is also a founding member of the United Nations, the OECD, and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization. Athens is the capital. Other major cities include Thessaloniki, Piraeus, Patras, Heraklion and Larissa.

Our health care system

The Greek Health Care System can be characterised as a mixed health system: the health care branches of the various social insurance funds co-exist with the National Health System of Greece (ESY).

Health System of Greece was established in 1983 guarantees free health care for all residents of Greece.

The system covers the entire Greek population, without any special entitlement condition, regardless of professional category or region. Health care services are also provided to EU and non-EU citizens on the basis of multilateral or bilateral agreements.

Furthermore, within the Health System of Greece context, primary health care services are provided through rural health centres and provincial surgeries in rural areas, the outpatient departments of regional and district hospitals, the polyclinics of the social insurance institutions and specialist in urban areas. Secondary care is provided by public hospitals, private for-profit hospitals and clinics or hospitals owned by social insurance funds.

In general, if a foreigner is working in Greece and pays social security contributions, he/she is being allowed to receive a medical card and get medical treatment and free hospitalisation. The main groups of social insurance organizations, the size of population covered, and occupational groups covered are as follows:

Institute of Social Insurance (IKA): 50% of the population; urban population, i.e. blue- and white-collar workers OGA (Organization of Agricultural Insurance): 25% of the population; rural population (i.e. agricultural workers); Civil servants: 7% of the population O.A.E.E (Fund for Merchants, Manufacturers and Small Businessmen): 13% of the population; merchants, manufacturers and shop owners

The hospitals

19 university hospitals around Greece are available to do your professional or research exchange.

Our medical education

The studies in the Faculty of Medicine last 6 years. There is a National entry exam in order to enter the university. The graduates of Medical Schools put their name on the waiting list for the residency they prefer.

Cultural differences


Traces of a centuries-old and important history is etched in every corner of Greek land: findings from the Prehistoric and Archaic Periods, unique works from Classical, Hellenistic, Medieval and Byzantine monuments, creations from folk art cultures, traces from the passing eons of other civilizations and different religions, that coexist with current creations, constructions and modern works of art. Greece is a true paradise for cultural tourism, a large journey into history and art. Educational excursions, theatrical productions, festivals, pilgrimages, visits to archaeological sites, monuments and museums, excursions to study the natural environment, folk art and culture – these are just a few of the many things that Greece has to offer in the cultural tourism sector.

Whoever really wants to understand Greece, its history and its people, he will find an unrivalled cultural experience through traveling into the area and chronological period of Greek culture.

Museums Greece today has more than 200 State museums or museums supervised by the Ministry of Culture, as well as 107 private museums. Here you will have the opportunity to admire unique works of art and sciences and trace over 6,000 years of history. Greek museums are classified in the following categories:

Archaeological Museums Byzantine Museums Folklore and History Museums Greek Art Museums (Ancient, Byzantine, Modern) Asian Art Museums Plastic Art Museums and Art Galleries Theatrical Museums Cinema and Photography Museums Music Museums Maritime Museums Natural History Museums Science and Technology Museums

Monuments Apart from Ancient, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine monuments and archaeological sites, other poles of attraction for the visitors are the diverse buildings of various usages and forms, which in previous eras used to meet the practical, functional and social needs of the inhabitants: bridges, windmills, watermills, water fountains, war monuments and statues, historical and public buildings, even old industrial buildings that today are being used for other purposes; all attract the interest and admiration of the visitor.

World Heritage Sites Because of its geographical position, Greece was a crossroad of civilisations that had left their traces everywhere: the architecture of the museums and settlements, miniature art, daily life, nutritional customs and in all forms of popular art in the various regions of the country. The visitor can come into contact with this multihued and impressive mosaic through trips into historical, cultural, artistic and folkloric traditions. Of especial interest is the following archaeological sites and monuments that stand out because of their uniqueness, and are thus classified by UNESCO’s catalogue as Monuments of World Cultural Heritage: Agio Oros - Mount Athos (Monastic Community) Athens (Acropolis) Bassae (Temple of Apollo Epicurius) Vergina - Aigai Delphi (archaeological site) Delos (archaeological site) Epidavros (archaeological site) Early Christian and Byzantine Thessaloniki Meteora Monastery Complex Mystras (Medieval Site) Monasteries Daphni (Attica), Hosios Loukas (Boiotia), and Nea Moni of Chios Archaeological sites of Mycenae and Tiryns Olympia (archaeological site) Patmos Historic Centre (Chora) with the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse Medieval City of Rhodes Samos Pythagoreio and Heraion


The monuments of Greek Orthodoxy are an integral part of Greece’s national heritage and are a notable pole of attraction for visitors. With their remarkable mosaics, murals and rare icons, imposing cathedral churches, countryside chapels and places of worship, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine churches verified through their persistent attention to traditions the close and centuries-old relationship between art and religious worshipping. A visitor has the opportunity in many regions of the country to encounter buildings and places of worship of various doctrines and religions that co-exist in continual dialogue, and therefore accentuating the rare historical and cultural palimpsest of Greek land.

Greek cuisine

The cuisine of Greece is a typical Mediterranean cuisine. Contemporary Greek cookery makes wide use of olive oil, vegetables and herbs, grains and bread, wine, fish, and various meats, including poultry, rabbit and pork. Also important are olives, cheese, aubergine, courgette, and yoghurt. Greek desserts are characterized by the dominant use of nuts and honey. Some dishes use filo pastry. Meze is a collective name for a variety of small dishes, typically served with wines or anise-flavored liqueurs as ouzo or homemade tsipouro. Orektika is the formal name for appetizers and is often used as a reference to eating a first course of a cuisine other than Greek cuisine. Dips are served with bread loaf or pita bread. In some regions, dried bread (paximadhi) is softened in water.

Accommodation & Boarding

Accommodation and Boarding are provided on the cost of HelMSIC. Students are lodged either in students dormitories or students apartment or at hospital apartments.

Social program

Social Program is provided according to each local committee. January, June and September are exam months.

Local & National transportation


Cold winters and hot summers. You will enjoy the Greek sun!

Social life

There is a majority of day activities you can participate in, depending on the place you will be staying, that includes sports(hiking, cycling, rafting, tennis...), festivals all around Greece,espesially in Summer and touring to the many historic sites.Also the night life is pretty interesting in Greece as the people are warm, friendly and will welcome everyone in their celebrations

Exchange conditions


For feedback on these wikipages and for further questions please turn to the national exchange officer.

Cities offered for exchange