Spain (IFMSA-Spain) - Alicante
LC GENERAL INFORMATION
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All of the departments are available
March, April, September, October, November
0 SCOPE STUDENTS
0 SCORE STUDENTS
1 meal per day
At students flat
As stated on NMO ECs
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IFMSA-Alicante Alicante
OVERVIEW

Alicante is a coastal city in Spain on the Costa Blanca, is the capital of the province of Alicante, in the south of the Valencian Community. It is also a historic Mediterranean port. The population of the city proper was 332,067, estimated as of 2014, ranking as the second-largest Valencian city.


Alicante has a Mediterranean climate that features hot summers and mild winters, and is protected by Northern hills and mountains which results in a constant micro climate which also limits the rainfall.

Sitting atop Mount Benacantil, the Castle of Santa Barbara still stands like a protector to Alicante. Because of its enticements and charms, the city has moved many a writer and poet to immortalise it in devoted words.
UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITALS

The Miguel Hernández University of Elche , commonly referred to as UMH, is a public university located in Alicante, Spain. The Faculty of Medicine at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche is responsible for administrative management and organization of the training that leads to undergraduate degrees in medicine, physiotherapy, podiatry, and occupational therapy.
www.umh.es 

The hospital in which you will be taking your practices will be “Hospital General Universitario de Alicante” is a medical and surgical hospital. During the practices, the students only have to bring their Stethoscope and their white coat, because teachers in the hospital will explain them everything.
http://alicante.san.gva.es/ 

RESEARCH PROJECTS AND LABS
We haven't got projects yet.
BOARDING
Students will be given pocket money or food, it's their choice, so if you choose the second option, your flatmates will provide you at least one meal per day. They are not required to give you more than one meal per day, although they might depending on their habits. You can drink tap water in Alicante without any problem.
LODGING
Students will have accommodation at student flat in the city during their stay of one month, the period established for the exchange.
TRANSPORTATION
Buses and trams provide public transport and are run efficiently. They also run on various night routes. Rechargeable cards can be bought from TAM office near Mercado Central, and are valid to bus and tram, it costs 8,70 € (10 trips) – 26,10 € (30 trips). Taxis are well regulated but we do not recommend taking taxis. They are expensive and not necessary in most of the cases. Alicante has a busy airport with many reliable forms of travel.

Commuter trains connect Alicante with neighbourhoods. The tram system has spread and is still extending in Alicante. Travelling by trams is reasonably economical. Buses are frequent and ferries also run throughout the day to the nearby popular destinations in Alicante.

You can easily check the schedules on the Internet: www.alicante.subus.es/ for bus, www.tramalicante.es/ for tram, and www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/cercanias/murciaalicante/ for trains.

Alicante is also well communicated with other important cities of Spain by train, car, plane and bus. You can check these websites:

For further information, please contact your contact person.
SOCIAL PROGRAM
Social program depends a lot on the month you come, but Alicante is a city with tons of things to do and places to discover.

Lots of medicine students will do different things with you: going to small trips close to Alicante, show you the city or experience with you the nightlife.

Alicante has a very active nightlife especially in the old city centre at "El Barrio" with many pubs and clubs to suit varied tastes.

Our social program also includes the visit to any particular place you are interested in (we are open to sugestions) and many of the places of the "Must see list".
MUST SEE
Castle of Santa Barbara (Castillo de Santa Barbara) 
www.castillodesantabarbara.com
 
The Castle of Santa Barbara is a large fortress that was the 12th century work of Muslim geographer Al-Idrisi. The Castle sits on Mount Benacantil in the centre of Alicante. It was built as a fortification for the Spanish city and surrounding area. The Castle has been a witness of many sieges and battles. In the 18th century it was occasionally used as a prison. Some elevators were installed in the mountain and the Castle was opened to the public in 1963.
  
St Mary's Church (Iglesia de Santa Maria)
 
Iglesia de Santa Maria is a cathedral in a gothic style that was built in the 14th and 16th century over the remains of an old Moorish Mosque. Outstanding features at the church are the Rococo style altar, the greatly adorned Baroque portal and a variety or art objects dating back to the 15th century.
  
Co-Cathedral of St Nicholas Bari
The co-cathedral of St Nicholas is the main church in Alicante and exhibits a striking combination of baroque and renaissance features. The church has a beautiful blue dome and is located in the centre of the Old Town. It also forms the seat of the bishop.
  
Gravina Palace
 
The Gravina Palace is located in the Old Town of Alicante and is home to the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts. Built between 1748 and 1808, it boasts a rich collection of Spanish artworks. The museum also has an auditorium and a lounge with permanent exhibits depicting the history of the building of the Gravina Palace.
  
San Juan Beach (Playa de San Juan)
 
San Juan is a spectacular beach located to the north of Alicante. This beach falls within the two municipalities of Alicante and El Campello. It is lined with restaurants, cafes and bars. This is considered the best beach of Alicante where one can indulge in swimming, sunbathing and adventurous water sports.
  
 
Canalejas Park (Parque Canalejas)
 
This is the oldest green park in Alicante and is home to a huge collection of rubber plants. It was developed by architect Gonzolez Altus in the year 1886. At the entrance, stone sculptures of lions and dogs greet all visitors. The park is also adorned with fountains from within. The map of Spain, carved on stone is another attraction in the park. A monument of writer Carlos Arniches can also be found within the park.
  
Island of Tabarca (Isla de Tabarca)
 
The Tabarca Island is located at a distance of 11 nautical miles from Alicante. These waters surrounding the isle have been declared Mediterranean marine nature reserve. The island has the distinction of being the smallest and a permanently inhabited island of Alicante. It is a perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying the pristine waters surrounding the island.
 
Castle of San Fernando (Castillo de San Fernando)
 
On the low Tossal hill, the castle of San Fernando was built at the start of the 19th century. This is the smaller one of the two Alicante Castles. The castle is a popular spot for relaxation, sightseeing and leisure.
  
Alicante Marina (Puerto deportivo de Alicante)
 
The Alicante Marina is a popular hotspot on the Costa Blanca. The place is full of entertainment with restaurants, cafes and a shopping centre. It is also the perfect destination to spend hours gazing at the luxury yachts and private boats
 
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