Practical Info

Greek sockets are standard European sockets (voltage of AC/230 V/50Hz). Participants should bring their own adapters if their devices/appliances/plugs are incompatible with such sockets and voltage.

July is usually hot and dry in Crete. You can find the weather forecast for Rethymnon HERE.

Internet access
Within the campus area, the participants can use the UoC wireless network. Participants affiliated with institutions that participate in the eduroam network may use their own accounts.

Receiving and making international calls
International dialing code for Greece: +30. Area dialing code for Rethymnon: 28310.
To call from a Greek line abroad please check HERE
Note that when you use your home country cell phone, you need to use the international codes that apply in your own country.

Medical Issues
The CreteLing office has a first-aid kit and a blood pressure monitor. If you think you need either of these, please come by. For more serious medical issues, if you are on campus during classes, please come by or have somebody notify the office. For other times, please be prepared by knowing where you can find the relevant information HERE.

Swimming in the sea: One of the main attractions of Crete are its beautiful beaches. There are also various opportunities to swim in the sea in, and in the area of, Rethymnon. Be careful, though, not to overestimate yourself. Also, it is extremely important to keep in mind that there are strong currents (and sometimes dangerous rip currents). Best practice is to stay close to the beach, in particular when the sea is rough, and to avoid swimming out at night.

The sun: The Cretan sun is much stronger than many of you might expect. The island is far south in the northern hemisphere. Just look at one of our maps. Crete is at 35.2401° N. By comparison, Barcelona and Rome are much more to the North, at 41.3851° N and 41.9028° N respectively. So please wear a hat during the day, and wear sunscreen with a high SPF (SPF30 or above) and try to remain in shade. Do not lie on the beach in the sun during the day (between 12:00 and 19:00). Please take these protection measures very seriously! Also, it would be a good idea to have a look at the Mayo Clinic's pages on sunburn and heatstroke.

Useful phone numbers & addresses
Emergency phone numbers (from anywhere in Greece)
Emergency phone numbers in Rethymnon (city map)
Useful phone numbers in Rethymnon (city map)

Useful links  Useful maps
University of Crete
Municipality of Rethymnon Greek National Tourism Organization
Region of Crete
Crete info
Ancient Crete
University of Crete, Rethymnon - Gallos Campus
Dorms: Gallos Dorm, Xenia Dorm
What is where in the summer school premises
Transportation and points of interest in Rethymnon
Map of Crete