Nîmes, with its 170 000 inhabitants, is the 20th city of France and the capital of the Gard department. It’s not the most famous city in the South of France but you may have heard of it thanks to their bull-fighting tradition.
Nîmes owes its rich history to different civilizations who dominated the territory before de French Revolution, especially Romains, Visigoth, and Saracens. However, most of the historical monuments that we can currently see in the city and in the department are inherited from the Roman Empire.
Its localization near the French Riviera, between Montpellier and Marseille, and between the Mediterranean Sea and the Cevennes Mountains makes it a complete region and allows a wide variety of activities, from peaceful and beautiful walks to activities for the more adventurous like paragliding or canoeing.The Pentecost Feria in May and the Harvest Feria in September are a popular festival center of bullfighting which attracts each year thousands of tourists to the city. They're not only famous by bullfighting but also by their festivities in the city center! Come see it by yourself, you're not going to be disappointed!
The Nimes Faculty of Medicine is affiliated to the University of Montpellier.
There is only one University Hospital in the city, the CHU Caremeau, which is the hospital’s reference in the region.The Hospital and the University are one next to the other and four kilometers from the city center.
- Breakfast is provided by the French host every day.
- The local Medical Student Association (Corporation des Carabins Crocodiles) offers a canteen card to the Incomings which allows them to eat from Monday to Friday at the Hospital’s canteen.
- On weekends, the host provides at least lunch or dinner.
Nîmes is well disserved by public transport:
- There are two airports near it: the “Montpellier-Méditeranée” airport near Montpellier and 50km far from Nîmes, and the “Nîmes Alès Camargue Cevennes” airport 10km far from Nîmes. A bus is connected to this airport with the city center.
- Two train stations with high-velocity train (TGV): one in the city center and another one 14 km from Nîmes. Both of them connect Nîmes with many cities like Marseille, Montpellier, Paris, Lyon, Barcelona…
The city has a developed bus network. One tram-bus line and one bus line (5) connect the center of Nîmes to the Hospital.
Nimes and its department have monuments and landscapes that are worth being seen.
- The “Arenes”, the “Jardins de la Fontaine”, the “Pont du Gard”... which reminds us of the Romain past of the region.
- The Cevennes Mountains and the Camargue are a “must-see” given their amazing landscape.
- Aigues Mortes and Avignon are two beautiful cities with again an important regional history.
More information about the city in https://www.nimes.fr/ and http://www.ot-nimes.fr/index.php?L=1
More information about the department in http://www.gard.fr/accueil.html and http://www.gardtourism.com/
Nîmes is a small city with a big history and a warm southern soul. Come to Nîmes for your exchange and we promise you'll not be disappointed!