Serbia (IFMSA-Serbia) - Nis
LC GENERAL INFORMATION
260237
25000
Surgery departments, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Neurology, Ophtalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Haemathology, Pathology, Nuclear medicine
July, August, other months upon request, September, April
25 SCOPE STUDENTS
10 SCORE STUDENTS
Restaurant
Hostel, apartment, host family or student dorm
Please bring your own white cote, clean shoes and scrubs! If something else is necessary, you will be informed of it by our LEO, LORE or CP.
www.ifmsa-serbia.org
LEOs
Andjela Djurovic
OVERVIEW
City of Niš is situated in the Nišava valley, and is the crossroads of the most important Balkan and European traffic routes. The territory of the City is intersected by three important directions of international road and railway traffic – several roads that connect the Balkans with Central and Western Europe, including Corridor X, and the axis which connects the AdriaticAegean and Black Sea intersect the territory of City of Niš. 

The city of Niš, with its rich history, exuberant verdure, with its spa and wellness center located Niška Banja, offers great possibilities for spa, medical, business and congress tourism.

This city, with 35 elementary and 22 secondary schools, represents a great centre of education and is also known as one of significant university centers in Serbia with its 13 faculties.

UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITALS
Students will work at Clinics of Clinical center of Nis and Institutes of Medical faculty in Nis.
Here are some links that may help inform better:
- University of Nis - https://www.ni.ac.rs/en/
- Medical faculty - http://www.medfak.ni.ac.rs/index.php/en/ 
- Clinical Cener Nis - http://www.kcnis.rs/en/

RESEARCH PROJECTS AND LABS

more info soon...

BOARDING
One meal per day is provided in a restaurant near the hostel.
LODGING
Lodging will be provided either in a fully booked hostel occupied only by the students, and adapted for a months stay, or an apartment located a minutes walk from the rest. Hostel is located a few minutes walk from the city center and 10-15 minutes walk from the hospital/university.

Another option is lodging in one of 3 student dorms in the city.

Every year a couple of students going to exchange apply to host someone, therefore you can be placed in a host family as well. This usually happens during non summer months.
TRANSPORTATION

Getting to Nis is quite easy since it's well connected to both Belgrade and Sofia, Bulgaria that have major airports. More info about busses to Nis, you can get at http://www.nis-ekspres.rs/index_en.php. Nis is also very easy to get to by plane, and more info about the flights to Nis you can get at https://nis-airport.com/en/.
Trains are also an option, but note that in Serbia, they are much slower than busses (http://www.zeleznicesrbije.com/active/en/home.html).

Local bus lines arround the city depart frequently and have a lot of stops. Most of them have directions clearly written. More information about the lines and bus stops will be provided to students by the local committee upon arrival. Another popular transportation method is taxi as it's not so expensive. If 3-4 people take a taxi it will mostly be cheaper than a bus, and most certainly more convenient if you're looking for a specific location.

Most places in Nis are close by so you can travel on foot as well.

SOCIAL PROGRAM

We organize trips during the weekends to some popular destinations in this part of the country. Some of those are Kopaonik, Devil's town, some prestigious and most sacred monasteries in Serbia that were built in XIII and XIV century. This program is updated every year based on experiences of previous years and gets better every time.

A welcome dinner is traditionally organized at the start of exchange period. 

Nis has a rich social life during summer. Clubs are open as always but during summer all outside clubs are working. Music in this clubs ranges from some of the most popular songs played around the world to national Serbian music. Also, concerts are organized every summer, as well as Nisville festival taking place in the middle of August every year. Other popular place for younger people is the river bank where people love to just hang out and spend time together.

Something else we organize is a dinner in kafana, closest translation for this would probably be a tavern. Visiting Serbia for such a long time and not going to at least one of this during your stay is a shame.

MUST SEE

Mediana (4th cent.)- Birthplace of Emperor Constantine the Great. This ancient historical site on the road Niš - Niška Banja (Spa) is a testimony of the wealth and glory of the imperial Naissus . The remains of imperial palace, together with peristyle (range of surrounding columns) have been discovered. 

Skull Tower (19th cent.). Skull Tower (Cele kula) was built by the Turks from the skulls of the Serbs killed in the battle of Cegar, near Nis, in May 1809. It is of rectangular shape, about 3 m high and was built from quicklime, sand and the skinned skulls, upon the order of Khurshid Pasha who had first sent the skulls filled with cotton to the Sultan in Istanbul. 

Niš Fortress (18th cent.). On the Nišava riverbank, over the remains of a Roman military camp, then Roman town called Naissus, and finally the remains of a destroyed Byzantine fortification, the Turks built a strong fortress at the beginning of 18th century. The construction of this fortress lasted from 1719 to 1723.It was built with the help of local laborers, Istanbul stonecutters and bricklayers. Beside those well saved walls and gates, numerous facilities remain from various periods, such as the armory, Turkish steam bath, Turkish post station, Bali-mosque, powderroom and prisoon.

Rusalia Church (11th cent.). Church of Holy Trinity of Rusalia is located above the village of Gornji Matejevac. Rusalia is the most attractive ancient structure in Niš. The church was built after the order of a local Byzantine dignitary in the first half of 11th century.

Kazandzijsko sokace (Tinkers alley-18th cent.). This is an old urban quarter in what is today Kopitareva Street. It was built in the first half of 18th century. It was a street full of tinkers and other craftsmen, together with their houses coming from Turkish period. Unfortunately, only some of those are preserved today and protected by the state. The street has recently become packed with cafes, a favorite site for the visitors.

Mausoleum of Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky - lover of Anna Karenina (19th cent.). The Holy Trinity Church in Gornji Adrovac (municipality of Aleksinac) near Nis was built in commemoration of the death of Nikolai Rayevsky. Rayevsky was celebrated as Count Vronsky in Tolstoy's famous novel Anna Karenina.

Niška Banja or "Niš Spa" is located a couple of kilometers to the southeast. There is a large park and some restaurants to accompany the nice view out over the valley. The spa is famous for its mildly radioactive hot water springs which help treat rheumatic disorders. Heart conditions are also successfully treated in the vicinity. 

Red Cross Concentration Camp. The first Nazi concentration camp in the former Yugoslavia, constructed in 1941. One of the few fully preserved concentration camps in Europe, almost intact since 1944, 'Lager Nis' was the venue of the dramatic escape in February 1942 when about 100 prisoners managed to flee . It is located in the city center, close to the central bus station.

Holocaust memorial on Bubanj hill. On the hill of Bubanj, south of the city center, a monumental sculpture representing three enormous fists was erected in honor of 10,000 people, mostly Serbs and Romanies, but also about 1,100 Jews, executed in this place during World War Two. The monument is the work of sculptor Ivan Sabolic and was erected in 1963.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
It is important to note that most payments are made in the Serbian currency (dinar). There are of course ATMs and banks all around to withdraw money from so you needn't worry much about that.