Clermont-Ferrand is a city located right in the center of France in a former volcanic region called Massif Central. Indeed, the city is surrounded of the largest range of volcanoes in Europe including the famous Puy de Dôme. Actually, the city was built right in the center of a crater. However don't be afraid these volcanoes have been dormant for thousands of years!
Although the weather in Clermont-Ferrand is quite unpredictable, we can still assure you some snow during the winter and a particularly hot summer (at least 2000 hours of sunshine a year (more than Paris)). Of course, it sometimes rains ... but exclusively to offer you a rainbow landscape above the volcanoes.
A little story about Clermont: The Battle of Gergovia took place in 52 BC in Gaul at Gergovia, currently Clermont Ferrand. The battle was fought between a Roman republican army, led by Julius Caesar, and Gallic forces led by Vercingetorix. Of course, the Gauls won the battle. That's why the main statue of Clermont's biggest square is the one of Vercingetorix (such a hero).
According to many surveys, Clermont is today considered as one of the best cities to study in France, and this for several reasons . First, the city welcomes each year 38 000 students, ie almost 25% of its population, which gives a really dynamic atmosphere to the city. Wherever you go in the city, you will always have the chance to meet some students. Then, the city organization is well adapted to student lifestyle, in the way that every kind of services (university, housing, restoration, entertainment, pubs ... ) is concentrated in the heart of the city and easily accessible by walking, cycling, skateboarding, or using public transport (absolutely no need for a car !). Also, by coming to Clermont, you avoid the bad points of the really big cities (such as Paris), like air pollution, stress, endless traffic, distance from nature... In a nutshell, Clermont combines the dynamism of students' lifestyle and a peaceful, lively atmosphere.
As practical fields for students, 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).
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)
- 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
- 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)
In addition to a card for free lunch at the hospital cafeteria every day, you will be given an amount in € at your arrival at Clermont for the two other meals (breakfast and dinner) and your transportation. If you live with your host, the food’s part of this amount will be given to your host.
You can take advantage of the university restaurant service which offers cheap meals.
But you will also enjoy French gastronomy, well represented in Clermont!
Once in Clermont, you will live in a med student's flat or a family. The deal is simple: French med students who decide to do their internship with IFMSA SCOPE program lend or share their flat to an incoming.
Of course, a committe guarantees the good state of the flat before your arrival, no nasty surprises .
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. (A part of the amount you’ll be receiving from the committee covers a transport ticket). Also, there are free bikes to cycle 30 min.
Clermont-Ferrand is 3 hours from Paris by train (direct line).
There are even a few flights going to Clermont-Ferrand from other European destinations.