We would like to welcome you to Marseille, the most wonderful city south of Paris !
For those who don't know, Marseille is the second largest town of France, and the biggest commercial port. It is located on the Mediterranean Coast.
Although part of the region of Provence, Marseille has a soul of its own. Founded in 600 B.C. by the Greek sailors of Phocaea, this city is the eldest in France and probably the most complex.
Marseille is a city that has its own unique culture and is proud of its differences from the rest of France.Today it is a regional centre for culture and entertainment with an important opera house, historical and maritime museums, five art galleries and numerous cinemas, clubs, bars and restaurants.
The climate is mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, dry summers. You will enjoy the weather in Marseille, as it is officially the sunniest city in France !
The Faculty of Medicine is part of Aix-Marseille University, which is the largest French-speaking university.
It is located in the Timone neighbourhood, where it got its name.
There are 4 University Hospitals, where students attend clerkships :
- Hopital de la Timone, which is the largest hospital of Marseille. It is located right next to the Faculty.
- Hopital de la Conception, which is also close to the Faculty.
- Hopital Sainte-Marguerite, located in the southern part of the city
- And the Hopital Nord, as the name states in the northern part of the city.
Students are also allowed to learn at the Paoli-Calmettes Institute, which is specialized in cancer patients.
Please note that a free French malpractice insurance will be subscribed for you by the LEO of Marseille as it is required by the hospitals. Contact the LEO if you need more information about this.
For boarding two meals (breakfast and another meal) will be provided for you.
We are given a grant by the University to fund the boarding expenses, which is approximately 25 euros per week per student, we'll give you more information when the time comes !
Don't hesitate asking your host to come with you to do the groceries, he/she will give you the best pieces of advice as to what to get to be a true Marseillais !
Most of the students live around the Medical Faculty, close to the hospitals.
- By plane : Marseille-Provence Airport is only 20 kilometers from the center, there are shuttles every 15 minutes.
- By train : Paris is only 3 hours away in high speed train (TGV). Marseille is also connected by railway with foreign countries such as Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and England.
The public transportation in the city is pretty well organized, with 2 metro lines, 3 tramway lines and many buses.
So don't worry if your host doesn't live close to a hospital, it's always easy to get from one place to another !
Le Vieux Port, le Panier, Marseille's Calanques, Castellane, Le Mucem, Islands and beaches near Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, La Ciotat, Marseille's dynamic Cours Julien where you can have a drink and chill after your clerkship...
Don't forget to take your white coat and food from your country for International Dinner !
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