France (ANEMF) - Clermont Ferrand
LC GENERAL INFORMATION
140000
38000
All of them after the aproval of our heads of departments
February, march, june, july, august, september, october, november
61 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
Camille BARTOLOMEU
Marie-Camille BASSOT
Camille Bartolomeu
Amaury RAYNAUD
Fadi BOUNECHADA
Juliette VERGER
Eugenie Houlbert
Lucas Moreau
Morgan Maurin
OVERVIEW

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.

 
UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITALS

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).

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

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!

 

LODGING

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 .

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.  (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.

SOCIAL PROGRAM

There is usually a social program organized by the LC.

There is a lot to see in Clermont and many ways to discover the city.

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 your place ! There are some beautiful treks to do from one volcano crater to another. Obviously, you will have to climb  to the top of the Puy de Dôme to enjoy a panoramic view of the region (amazing!)

Next to Clermont, you can plan to go to 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 enjoy practising or watching 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 of 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 who has 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.

It also depends on the period. If you come during the winter, you could go to ski in a ski resort not so far from Clermont (1h by car) called SuperBesse.

MUST SEE
- Thermal waters
- Volcanoes
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.