Study in GreeceRenowned Greek university launches ‘world-class’ English-language medical degree

Renowned Greek university launches ‘world-class’ English-language medical degree

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens’ highly respected medical school is ranked in the top 2 per cent worldwide and has produced alumni including the inventor of the cancer-detecting pap test

One of Greece’s most prestigious universities, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), has launched a new medical degree taught in English and aimed at international students.

NKUA is a research university founded 185 years ago. The first university in Greece, the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean, it offers a wide range of study areas, and it has 68,500 students enrolled in 43 undergraduate and 220 postgraduate programmes.

NKUA has established 15 centres of excellence, 18 centres of expertise in rare diseases in the School of Medicine, and five research institutes. The institution also has three university hospitals, while nearly 400 clinics, departments and university laboratories operate at the NKUA premises and in 16 Athens hospitals.

Among its alumni are two Nobel prizewinners, 15 former prime ministers of Greece, three former presidents and countless notable researchers in diverse fields. The university’s impressive research record continues today, with NKUA appearing in the top 100 universities for Google Scholar Citations for five consecutive years. Most recently, it ranked 92nd in the world, 18th in Europe and first in Greece.

Based in the vibrant Greek capital, NKUA has made internationalisation a cornerstone of its 10-year strategic plan – it already has 7,600 international students. In September 2020, it became the first university in Greece to launch a course taught exclusively in English. Now, NKUA has launched a medical degree tailored to English-speaking international students.

The medical school has a reputation for being at the forefront of medical science. Its alumni include George Papanicolaou, a pioneer in early cancer detection and inventor of the pap test.

Under the guidance of top-class faculty, students enrolled in the programme will follow the same syllabus as Greek students and access the school’s cutting-edge facilities, including robotic patients and 3D anatomy.

The six-year programme spans 12 semesters, with the final three spent in full-time clinical practice. Students have the option to practice in 16 hospitals in the Athens metropolitan area. About 40 per cent of the medical needs of the public health system in the region, which has about 5 million people, are covered by NKUA university clinics.

Data from the school’s alumni network indicate that 100 per cent of graduates looking to work abroad secure employment.

The full-time course, which starts in September, is available to foreign nationals from European Union and non-EU countries. The eligibility criteria and admission requirements are provided on the website. It costs €13,000 (£10,800) per academic year. Students must submit applications by 30 April. Applicants will be notified by 15 June.

Find out more about the new medical degree at NKUA.

More undergraduate and postgraduate programs are offered by NKUA.

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