The teaching includes lectures, tutorials and exercises, clinical training or laboratory training.
Each semester includes a certain number of “teaching units” (t.u.), as well as ECTS units (European Credit Transfer System Units). One t. u. represents an hour of teaching per week during the semester in the case of an independent course, and one to three weekly teaching hours during the semester for the rest educational work, according to General Assembly of the Faculty. The curriculum includes the minimum number of t. u. required for graduating. The distribution of the courses among the academic semesters is indicative rather than mandatory for the students and responds to conditions of regular attendance, adjusted to the minimum number of semesters required for graduating and to the sequence of prerequisite and connected courses. The required optional courses cover at least the 1/4 of the curriculum.
The General Assembly of the Faculty is responsible for the announcement of the curriculum. The curriculum is revised every year in April. The Chairman of the Faculty convenes a committee that will supervise the curriculum. The committee consists of members of the General Assembly with an annual term and submits recommendations to the General Assembly which follow the recording of the Sectors’ suggestions.
The academic year runs from September 1 to August 31. The teaching project of each academic year is divided into two semesters. Each semester includes at least 13 complete weeks of teaching and a corresponding number of weeks for the examination.
The Examination time is divided into three Examination periods, Examination period of January, June and September. The Examinations of the Fall Semester begin a week after the completion of the semester’s courses, the duration is three weeks and there is always a week free of exams and courses before the beginning of the Spring Semester’s courses. The Examinations of the Spring Semester begin a week after the completion of the semester’s courses; the duration is three weeks and must be completed before the 1st of July. The Fall Semester begins during the first fifteen days of September and the Spring Semester ends during the last fifteen days of June. The exact dates are determined by the Senate. The senate may allow the extension of the semester by two weeks maximum if it is requested by the General Assembly of the Faculty.
The students have the right to be examined at courses of both semesters during the Examination Period of September. During the Examination Period of June the students can be examined only at courses of the Spring Semesters’ and during the Examination Period of January they can only be examined on courses of the Fall Semesters’. The score of each course is determined by the teacher who has to organize written or oral examinations, or consider projects and laboratory exercises.
The student graduates from the Faculty when he succeeds in the required courses and has gathered the required amount of teaching units. The maximum duration of studies is equal to the number of years referred to in the indicative curriculum of the faculty, plus two years.
Graduation - Calculation of Diploma Degree
Graduating the Faculty of Medicine requires attendance of 12 semesters (six academic years) and a passing score in all courses required by the curriculum.
For the calculation of a student’s diploma degree, the score of each course must be multiplied by the corresponding weighting factor and the sum of these products must be divided by the sum of all the weighting factors.
In the case of graduates of other Departments or Schools of the higher education that entered the Faculty by special Examinations, the scores achieved in different schools are not counted in the calculation of the diploma degree. In the case were a course is recognized and the student is exempt from attending and being examined on it, this course will not be counted at all in the calculation of the degree. Additionally, the scores in the courses of foreign language are not counted in the calculation of the diploma degree even though the students must attend and be examined on these courses in order to graduate from the Faculty.
Foreign Languages Teaching
The students are free to choose between the following languages that are taught in the University of Patras: English, French, Italian, German and Russian. For any further information the students should apply to the Foreign Languages Teaching Unit.
The students who have or are about to complete immediately their liabilities according to the above mentioned and wish to participate in the graduation ceremony, must submit a written application form to the Secretariat of the Faculty at least a month before the scheduled graduation ceremony. The date of the graduation ceremony is announced by the Secretariat. In order to participate in the graduation ceremony the students must also submit the following documents to the Secretariat in time:
- Application form (Available by the Secretariat)
- Two statement forms that state they have returned any lent books signed by the Faculty’s Library and the University’s Library and information Service respectively.
- Affirmation Statement in which the student states that:
- They haven’t get a food card for the current academic year
- They have no liabilities pending against the students’ Accommodation
- They have abandoned the University’s Health Insurance
Dates of Courses and Examinations
- National holiday of October 28th (2nd World War Memorial)
- Anniversary of the protests against the regime of the colonels in 1973, November 17th
- St Andrew’s day (Patras’ Patron Saint), November 30th
- Christmas and New Year’s Day, December 24th – January 6th
- Commemoration of the patron saints of education, January 30th
- Shrove Monday (First day of Lent), 41 days before Easter
- National holiday of March 25th (Greek Revolution)
- Easter, Saturday of Lazarus – Sunday of Thomas
- Labor Day, May 1st
- Students’ elections day