There is a main building (UKC) housing most of the internal medicine and surgical departments. Some clinics are based in neighbouring buildings and are all interconnected by underground tunnels.
The Medical Faculty is located at Korytkova 2 (lecture halls, Slomsic rooms, cafeteria, departments of Pharmacology, Forensic medicine, Pathology, Anatomy, Histology). The administration, library and some preclinical departments are located at Vrazov trg 2. Microbiology, Physiology and Patophysiology departments are located in their own buildings nearby.These many buildings are situated east of the city centre: Map of the University Medical Centre Ljubljana (UKC LJ)
Incomings in July in August will be placed in public student dorms. The majority of dorms are situated at the campus Rožna dolina. The campus is next to Tivoli, the largest park of Ljubljana and nearby Rožnik hill, a popular hiking trail. Some of the dorms contain appartments (2 rooms, kitchen and bathroom) while in the others the kitchen, showers and toilets are common for the whole floor. All rooms are for two persons and contain two beds, wardrobes and writing desks with chairs. Both cable and wifi internet is provided (bring your own cable!).
To move into the public dorms we must observe the working hours of the dorms’ offices. Moving in and out is posibble Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 14:00, Wednesdays until 16:00. If you arrive on the weekend or in the afternoon, we may not be able to provide you with accomodation.
The public dorms are not available during our study year (October to June). In the winter, we provide alternative accomodation, which may include the medical faculty dorm, lodging in a hostel or staying in a student flat.
The incomings receive pocket money for breakfast and lunch, as well as special student subventions for cheap meals in almost all restaurants in town. You will have a kitchen as well, if you’d like to try cooking something on your own.
Most stores and restaurants in Slovenia offer vegetarian food. By law, they are also required to mark any allergens contained in their food on the menu.
There are many food festivals in the summer months, so prepare yourself for a culinary feast!
There is a widespread city bus network. The monthly ticket for students costs 20€ while a 90-minute ride will set you back 1.20€.
Another popular option is bikesharing: Bicikelj. The yearly subscription costs only 3€ and bike stations are spread all over the city. Cycling is very pleasant and convenient in the warmer months.
Transport around the country
Slovenia is a small country. You can cross it in less than half a day! Our road/highway system is efficient, while the railroads are pretty bad, so most of your travel will probably be done by bus (much faster and more convenient).
- Visit the castle hill in the evening
- Have a picnic and hang out in Tivoli park
- Visit an Escape room or the Museum of Illusions
- Treat yourself to an afternoon of sauna at Atlantis
- Spend some money in the huge shopping district BTC City
- Expand your knowledge at the Museum of Contemporary History or the Ethnographic Museum
- Find out which of the gourmet burger places (Hood Burger, Lars & Sven) is your favourite
- Hike to the nearby Mount Saint Mary or visit Iška Gorge
- Party like a Slav and join a bar crawl
- Go swimming in one of the pools and catch some tan
- Explore the alternative Metelkova street
- ... and much more!
In your exchange you will be assigned a mentor in the chosen department. The duration of your work day depends on the mentor and your wishes. In order to be given your certificate you are expected to be present at least 80% of the time and fill out the Logbook given by your LEO/LORE. Please keep in mind that some mentors may require your presence more than 80% of the time in order to sign your certificate. Nearing the end of your exchange you will be asked to fill out the Evaluation form in the IFMSA exchange database.
In the hospitals, you are expected to wear a white lab coat, white pants and hospital shoes (clogs, crocs or clean sneakers - not necessarily white). Usually you will be assigned a locker at the department and expected to change there. In surgical departments, you will be given scrubs to change into when you enter the surgical ward.
In the laboratories and departments with SCORE projects you are expected to wear a white lab coat.