France (ANEMF) - Clermont Ferrand
LC GENERAL INFORMATION
140000
38000
All of them after approval of the head of department
February, march, june, july, august, september, october, november, January, April, May, December
54 SCOPE STUDENTS
6 SCORE STUDENTS
3 meals/day (lunch card + money)
Med student's flat
The general EC will be followed. 
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LEOs
Claudine Boyer
Tu Linh Nguyen
Quentin Mure
Hugo Le Goff
OVERVIEW

Clermont-Ferrand is located right in the center of France in a former volcanic region, Le Massif Central. The city is surrounded by the largest chain of volcanoes in Europe called La Chaine des Puys, where stands proud the highest of all, the Puy de Dôme. Fun fact, Clermont Ferrand is actually built right where a swamp used to be. Hopefully for the population, those volcanoes have been dormant for thousands of years!

Although the weather in Clermont-Ferrand is becoming quite unpredictable lately, snow is pretty much certain in winter and hot summers are usual (at least 2 000 hours of sunshine every year (more than Paris;) ). Like everywhere, it sometimes rain ... but exclusively to offer you a beautiful rainbow above the volcanoes.

A little background about Clermont : In 52 BC, in Gaul, took place The Battle of Gergovia in Gercovia (nowadays called Clermont Ferrand). The battle opposed the Roman Republican Army led by Julius Caesar to Gallic forces led by Vercingetorix. Of course, the Gauls won the battle ! Vercingetorix is a local hero and has a statue in his honor in the biggest square of Clermont Ferrand, la Place de Jaude. 

As far as living conditions are concerned, Clermont Fd is considered as one of the best cities in Fance to live and to study ! And for several reasons !
First, the city welcomes every year around 38 000 students, ie almost 25% of its population, giving a really dynamic atmosphere to the city. Wherever you go in the city, you will come accross students ! The city is well adapted to student lifestyle, you can find everything in the center of Clermont : bars, restaurants, movie theaters, shopping malls, museums, parks... Well everything you might want to do !
Concerning public transportation, Clermont Ferrand is well equiped with lots of buses and a tram (sort of overground subway). Also, there are lots of bike paths.

Bref (as the french says), Clermont is the best city to have you during your SCOPE exchange ! With the nature at arm's reach, a clean breathable air and so many things to discover ! 

 
UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITALS

As practical fields for students, there are two university hospitals:

- CHU Gabriel Montpied : near the School of Medicine

- CHU Estaing : a brand new hospital near the train station

Both of these establishments are well served by bus and tramway networks.
Like anywhere else in France, a good English level is required but we also highly recommend a good French level (some doctors don't speak English at all).

RESEARCH PROJECTS AND LABS

HUMAN NUTRITION RESEARCH UNIT (UNH)

    - Diet and Musculoskeletal Health (ASMS)

    - Diet, Plant food bioactives & Vascular Health (NutriVasc)

    - Protein Metabolism, Aging and Nutrition (IMPROVING)

    - Micro-Environnement CellulaiRe, Immunomodulation et Nutrition (ECREIN)

    - Metabolism and Mass Spectrometry (PFEM)

    - Animal Facilities (IEN)

NEURO-DOL

    - Fundamental and Clinical Pharmacology of Pain (ND1)

    - Trigeminal neuralgia and Migraine (ND2)

    - Neurosensorial Biophysics (ND3)

GENETIC REPRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT (GReD)

  GENOME DYNAMICS AND EPIGENETIC CONTROL

    - Genomic Imprinting and the epigenetic control of cell fate determination (Team 1)

    - SiLENT: Silencing, Environment and Transposons (Team 2)

    - Histone variants and the nuclear envelope in heterochromatin organization (Team 3)

    - Genetic instabilities and control by the host genome (Team 4)

    - Recombination and maintenance of genome integrity (Team 5)

    - Epigenetic regulation and hematopoiesis (Team 14)

  REPRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT IN HEALTH AND DISEASE

    - Molecular mechanisms of cell lineage differentiation in the early mouse embryon (Team 6)

    - MECHANISMS OF MAMMALIAN POST-TESTICULAR INFERTILITY (Team 7)

    - Diversification of muscle and heart cells in normal and pathological conditions (Team 8)

    - Epithelial growth and Morphogenesis (Team 9)

    - Transliational approach to epithelial injury and repair (Team 10)

  ENDOCRINOLOGY, SIGNALLING AND CANCER

    - NuReP : Nuclear Receptors and Prostate diseases (Team 11)

    - Molecular Pathophysiology of Adrenal & Endocrine Tissues (Team 12)

    - Environment, Spermatogenesis, Pathophysiology and Inheritance (Team 13)

MOLECULAR IMAGING AND THERANOSTICS STRATEGIES (IMoST)

    - Targets and tools for imaging and therapy

    - Translational research in functional imaging, radiopharmaceuticals and theranostic biomarkers

INSTITUT PASCAL

    - Process Engineering, Energy and Biosystems (GePEB)

    - Image, Perception Systems, Robotics (ISPR)

    - Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering (M3G)

    - Photonics, Waves, Nanomaterials (PHOTON)

    - Image Guided Therapies (TGI)

LABORATORY MICROORGANISMS: GENOME AND ENVIRONMENT (LMGE)

    - Hosts-Parasites Interactions (IHP)

    - Microbial Community: Ecotoxicology - Health (CMES)

    - Environmental Genomic and Bioinformatics (MEB)

    - Microbial Biodiversity and Functional Adaptations (BioADAPT)

    - Interactions in Aquatic Food Web (RTA)

    - Epidemiology and Physiopathology of Enterovirus Diseases (EPIE)

MICROBES INTESTINE INFLAMMATION AND HOST’S SUSCEPTIBILITY (M2ISH)

MICROBIOLOGY DIGESTIVE ENVIRONMENT HEALTH (MEDIS)

    - Bacterial Adaptation to Digestive and Alimentary environments (BaDiAl)

    - Intestinal Microbiota: Functions and impacts on nutrition and host’s health (Minhos)

ROLE OF INTRA-CLONAL HETEROGENEITY AND LEUKEMIC ENVIRONMENT IN THERAPY RESISTANCE OF CHRONIC LEUKEMIAS (CHELTER)

NEURO-PSYCHO-PHARMACOLOGY OF SUB-CORTICAL DOPAMINERGIC SYSTEMS (NPsy-Sydo)

SELF-MEDICATION PHARMACEUTICAL CONCILIATION PATIENT (ACCePPT)

BOARDING

SCOPE/SCORE students are given a lunch card which allows them to eat for free at the hospital everyday for lunch ! In addition to that, each student receives 50 euros of pocket money to pay for food and transportation. 
 

LODGING

Once in Clermont, SCOPE/SCORE students are set to live with a medical student in his/her flat or in the student's family. The deal is quite simple : a french medical student who decide to take part in a SCOPE/SCORE program agrees to lend or share his flat with a foreign student. 

Of course, a local committe guarantees the good state of the flat before arrival. No nasty surprises! 

TRANSPORTATION

The tramway and the bus network are really practical and prevent the use of a car within the city.  In some parts of the city (city center) you'll find cycle lanes. Also, there are free bikes to cycle 30 min.

Clermont Ferrand is also well served by trains. It takes 3hours and 30 minutes to go to Paris, 2hours to go to Lyon. 

There is also an airport with a few flights going to other european cities like Porto, Lisboa, Amsterdam or London. 

 

SOCIAL PROGRAM

There is usually a social program organized by the LC with an NFDP, Upon Arrival Training, evenings at restaurants, bar, boardgames nights and so many more things ! 

First of all, Clermont is a great place to lounge in café or pubs and have a good time with other students. Of course, you will also find all the entertainment available in every city such as cinema, theatres ...

The most attractive part of Clermont is the city center with its cobbled streets (full of bars, restaurants, shopping ... etc) around a lovely cathedral.

If you love nature and long walks through the mountains, Clermont is definitely THE place ! There are some beautiful treks that go from one volcano crater to another. The most faous hike is the one that goes up the Puy de Dome. Once at the top, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the region ! It's quite breathtaking really !  
One attractiion next to Clermont is a place called Vulcania. It is an amusement park which allows to better understand the functioning of volcanoes and our planet with attractions and playful exhibitions. 

If you are fond of sports, Clermont is the place to be!  The main sport which thrills the entire city is rugby with the famous team ASM (probably the best rugby team, ever). Every game is a new opportunity to spend a quite atypical moment either at the stadium or in the bars with the "Yellow army" (name of the fans)

You can also visit the 3 main museums which are free for students ("Musée Bargoin"
"Muséum Henri-Lecoq" and "Musée d’art Roger-Quilliot")

If you come to Clermont, you will probably hear the name Michelin. Michelin is the famous tire manufacturer based in Clermont. It is one of the three largest tire manufacturers in the world but the one with the cutest mascot : the Michelin Man ! If you want to know more about this company, you can visit "l'Aventure Michelin" which proposes a thematic and chronological exhibition, dedicated to the past, present and future of the group. Michelin is also the biggest employer in the city. 

Which says mountains, says skiing ! If you come in the winter, you might be able to go to Super Besse, a ski station about an hour away from Clermont! 

MUST SEE
- Thermal waters
- Volcanoes
- Waterfalls
- Cute cities close by like Vichy, Moulins, Saint-Nectaire ...
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Important things to know : if you come here, an agreement will be made and it will require the signature of someone from your university (dean or head of international office (no LEO or NEO)) so please be sure you can obtain this signature ! Without this signature, no clerkship is possible !