Located 6km Southwest of the town, the University of Ioannina, one of the leading academic institutions in Greece, became an independent university in 1970. As of 2014, there is a student population of 15,000 enrolled at the university (11,000 at the undergraduate level and 3,500 at the postgraduate level).
The campus is one of the largest university campuses in Greece. It is linked to the town by Greek National Road 5 and can be reached from the city either by public transportation or by car. It covers an area of almost 850 acres (3.4 km2) with many green open spaces and buildings consisting of lecture halls, offices, laboratories, libraries, amphitheaters, etc. Large classes are held in auditoriums, while scientific meetings and exhibitions are held in the Conference Centre located in the Medical Sciences complex.
One of the most attractive places of the campus is the old Monastery of Dourouti, an 18th-century building, which is being renovated to serve as a guest house for visitors to the university.
The Halls house almost 650 students on two sites, while a number of rooms has been adapted for disabled students.
The University of Ioannina has exchange agreements with universities in mainland Europe through the Erasmus programme of the European Commission and welcomes foreign students who wish to expand their academic horizons by spending a semester or a year studying in Ioannina.
Schools and departments
School of Philosophy
Department of Philology
Department of History and Archaeology
Department of Philosophy, Education and Psychology
School of Sciences
Department of Mathematics
Department of Physics
Department of Chemistry
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
School of Education
Department of Primary School Education
Department of Pre-School Education
School of Health Sciences
School of Medicine
Department of Biological Applications and Technologies
School of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of Economics
School of Fine Arts
Department of Plastic Arts and Art Sciences