University of Crete

School of Medicine UoC

The University of Crete School of Medicine hosts over 800 medical  students and over 500 MSc and PhD candidates


 The Medical School of the University of Crete was established in 1983 and admitted its first students in 1984. One of the biggest medical and research complexes in Greece located about 7 km from Heraklion, the campus includes a spacious and functional 24,000 square meter, ten-wing building and a modern, well-equipped University Hospital. 


Current Status and Future

The Medical School of the University of Crete has always aspired to become a modern teaching and research centre committed to excellence in education and training of students, physicians and biomedical scholars. Since its inception, it has established a great number of activities and interventions in education, research, and health care and has collaborated with scientific and social sectors in Greece and abroad.

The School has achieved international recognition, as evidenced by the participation of several of its faculty members in the executive boards, administrative committees, and councils of European or World scientific associations and professional organizations. Faculty members are active members of Editorial Boards of scientific journals as well as decision-making bodies of funding institutions. Several Divisions of the School and individual faculty members have longstanding collaborations with the World Health Organization and the Commission of the European Union.
In the years ahead the Medical School of the University of Crete aspires to maintain its position in the centers of excellence in Biomedical Sciences.

University Hospital of Heraklion

 The University Hospital of Heraklion is closely connected to the School of Medicine. Its main functions are: 

  • to provide outstanding secondary and – mainly – tertiary specialized health care to the people of Crete and the southern Aegean islands 
  • to provide the highest level of clinical training and education to:
    • the medical students of the University of Crete,
    • the nursing students of the Technological Educational Institute of Heraklion,
    • medical residents (full clinical and laboratory training residency programs in all medical specialties plus a great number of sub-specialties). 
  • to provide Continuing Medical Education programs to medical specialists and health professionals. 


Facts and Numbers

120 Faculty Members


50 Research Laboratories

700 bed University Hospital

41 Clinical Departments and Units

Medical Students are trained by experienced faculty at the University Hospital of Heraklion, in a large number of Primary Health Care Centers, and in collaborating hospitals in Crete. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research at the laboratories of the Medical School of the University of Crete and at the collaborating Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the Foundation for Research and Technology, located adjacent to the University Campus

Years training Medical Doctors

Medical Doctors have graduated

PhDs awarded

Since 1984

Serving the academic and medical communities for the last forty years, over 2700 medical doctors have graduated the Medical School of the University of Crete, supporting healthcare throughout Greece and the world

Why join the University of Crete International Program in Medicine?


 The University of Crete has been ranked as the best in Greece and among the top 500 Universities listed in the influential 2023 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings ( and at position 251-300 for Clinical and Health studies.

Personalized teaching

small class; tutorials through the teaching assistantship program

Visiting Faculty

Participation of visiting faculty from top Universities and Hospitals in the world

Clinical training

Hands-on clinical training at a leading University Hospital and at collaborating hospitals

Scholarships - Health insurance

Merit based scholarships and need-based Financial aid; health insurance included in the tuition

A modern University Campus

 A modern University Campus that includes modern teaching facilities, new Anatomy building, the University Hospital, the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University Library, Sports Center and student support facilities


All faculty of the University of Crete have been trained in outstanding Universities and Hospitals around the world, many of them in the US

Modern curriculum

Modern curriculum utilising problem based and role-playing approaches

United States Medical Licensing Examination preparation

Curriculum that includes all necessary knowledge for USMLE examinations

Student Mobility

Financial support for student mobility through the Erasmus program and to a wide range of collaborating Universities

Unique Academic Environment

Study Medicine in the place of its orgin, the birthplace of Hippokrates and Asclepius; live in one of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean with over 300 sunny days a year

The International Program in Medicine Coordinating Committee

Policies and Regulations


    Quality Policy of the International Undergraduate Program in Medicine

    Regulation for Undergraduate Studies, International Program in Medicine

    International Program in Medicine