Spain (IFMSA-Spain) - Zaragoza
LC GENERAL INFORMATION
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Dermatology, Geriatrics, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Radiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Orthopedics Surgery, Traumatology, Paediatrics, Hematology, Cardiology, Nephrology, Anaesthesia, Maxillofacial Surgery, Emergencies, Internal medicine, Gynaecology/Obstetrics, Neurology, Urology, Respiratory medicine, Neurosurgery, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Psychiatry
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
22 SCOPE STUDENTS
6 SCORE STUDENTS
1 time per day at the cost of Hosting association
At Student flat or at Host family at the cost of Hosting association
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LEOs
Marcos Larrosa, Laura Minguez, Adela Navarro Pueyo, Paula Alquézar Yus
OVERVIEW
Zaragoza is one of Spain's major cities. It hosted the Expo 2008. Zaragoza is a crossroads of civilisations and it has a lot of monuments in the form of city walls, churches, basilicas, palaces, stately houses… All of which can be admired while you walk by its historic streets.
Zaragoza, which is the capital city of Aragón, stands on the banks of the Ebro River. Its streets and small squares conceal a splendid array of monumental architecture. It´s strategically located mid-way between Madrid and Barcelona.
Romans, Muslims, Jews and Christians have all left their mark on the city. You can appreciate these cultures by visiting some of the many monuments, such as La Aljafería, one of the most important Moorish palaces in all of Spain; the Seo, which encompasses a large part of Aragon's history; or any of the numerous Mudejar and Baroque-style temples and towers that enhance the city centre.
The most significant monument is clearly the Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Pilar, the great Baroque temple that symbolizes Zaragoza. There are two bombs inside that never exploded. The legend says that during the Civil War, these bombs damaged the building but our Virgin protected us. If you want to know the real story, come with us!

UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITALS
We have several hospitals and clinics in Zaragoza, most of them are public but there are also private ones.
The University is close to "Hospital clínico Universitario Lozano Blesa" (2 minutes on foot) and "Hospital Clínico Universitario Miguel Servet" (10 minutes on foot and 1 minute from Romareda tram stop).
The militar hospital is 5 minutes far from Romareda and the rest are located around the town.
RESEARCH PROJECTS AND LABS
  • Development of new advanced technologies for helium recovery purification and liquefaction, adapted to hospitals and research centres.
  • Molecular basis of Cornelia de Lange Syndrome.
  • Genetic and molecular basis of lysosomal storage disorders.
  • Study of primary dyslipidemias and atherosclerosis.
BOARDING
1 time per day at the cost of Hosting association. If you are at a student flat, we give you lunch tickets for the hospital canteen or 65€ of pocket money if you're not having lunch at the hospital. If you are lodging with a family, they´ll give you one meal per day.
LODGING
At Student flat or Host family at the cost of Hosting association.
Normally, we rent a flat for 4 or 5 students on January, July and August. Other months, students in our Faculty of Medicine take the incomings in, so that they can live a complete experience with spanish families.
TRANSPORTATION
There are several trams and buses which you can pay with money or a bus card (you can obtain it when you arrive here and it´s valid for both tram and bus). You can find: 
SINGLE TICKET: 1,35€/journey
BUS CARD 7€ (2€ for deposit and 5€ charge): 0.74 €/journey.   You can travel while you have balance enough in your travel card. It allows transfers within one hour. You must swipe the card to validate it each journey you make. Return trips on the same line are not considered as transfers.
When new travellers are incorporated to the Bus Card, the time left to make a transfer will count since the first journey paid with that Card.
BUS CARD CHARGE: Card charges can be carried out for amounts of 5€ or its multiples, up to a maximum balance of 60€.
Bus Cards can be charge at the AUZSA Customer Service Office (Centro Comercial Independencia, Shopping Centre, Floor -1), tram stops and many supermarkets. To get the card you must go to the AUZSA Customer Service Office. 
30 day TRAVEL PASSES
Fares:
30 day Travel Pass: 42.95€
You can use the bus with no limit of journeys for 30 calendar days from the first journey you use the Travel Pass on.
These passes are untransferables.
They must be requested at the AUZSA Customer Centre Office (Centro Comercial Independencia, Shopping Centre,  Floor - 1). You must fulfil the application form providing also a recent close up 5x7 photograph, and present it together with your original Identity Card.
If you want to go out on weekends, to get back home you can take a taxi or you can wait until 5 am to the tram.
TAXI: +34 976424242/ +34 976757575
National and Internarional transport
Bus and train station: DELICIAS STATION
Adress: Av de Navarra, 80, 50011 Zaragoza
Website: 
Train: http://www.renfe.com/
Buses: http://www.estacion-zaragoza.es/
Airport
SOCIAL PROGRAM
We have prepared some trips:
-Huesca: 75 Km far from Zaragoza (1 hour by train or bus aprox.). You can see Santa María Cathedral, San Pedro monastery, Miguel Servet park, city hall, San Jorge hermitage, San Juan de la Peña monastery... 
-Teruel: 171 Km far from Zaragoza (2 hours aprox. by bus). You can see "El mausoleo de los amantes", Teruel's Cathedral and Mudejar towers, Dinópolis.
-Logroño: 170 Km far from Zaragoza (2 hours by bus aprox.). The city of Logroño is in La Rioja, where there is the best wine. There are several wineries, some of them are in the city, so it is easy to visit them. You can also see Santa María de la Redonde Cathedral, Santa María de Palacio church, San Bartolomé church, El Espolón, La Rioja Museum... It is also important the Laurel Street, where the best "tapas" are made.
-San Sebastián: 263 Km far from Zaragoza (2 hours and a half aprox by train or bus). You can see La Concha beach, some sculptures named "El peine del viento", The acuarium, el Buen Pastor cathedral, Plaza de la Constitución, the port...
-Valencia: 245 km far from Zaragoza (3,30h by bus). You can visit Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencas, la Albufera, Malvarrosa beach and you can also try paella and horchata (a typical drink).
-Barcelona: 255 km far from Zaragoza (3,30h by bus). You can visit la Sagrada Familia, Parque Güell, La Pedrera, the cathedral, Barceloneta beach and many more places.
-If you come in winter, it could be possible to prepare a skiing trip to the Pyrinees. 
-If you come in January, it would be possible to see the Parade of the 5th (Wizard Kings Parade).
-It is also important what we call "Juepincho", "jueves" (Thursday)+"pinchos" (the small appetizer-sized bits of food that almost every bar here has). One important street is "El Tubo" or "Magdalena area".
-We also organize international dinners, city tours, visits to the most important monuments, Zaragoza quiz, farewell party and all the activities you want!
MUST SEE
In Zaragoza, there are several places and monuments you can visit:
City centre:
-Basílica del Pilar: The Basílica del Pilar is the symbol of the city par excellence. Tradition holds that the Virgin Mary came to Zaragoza to the Apostle Saint James (Santiago), who was preaching on the banks of the Ebro, to console him. The Virgin gave him a jasper column as a symbol of the strength that he should demonstrate in his faith. Inside you will find an image of the Virgin resting on a Pillar (Pilar), the jasper column she is said to have given to the Apostle. The alabaster High Altarpiece still boasts some of its polychrome tiles, a spectacular example of Late Renaissance architecture, finished by Damian Forment. Goya also left his mark on the temple, particularly on the dome, the setting for his fresco ``Queen of Martyrs``. A vast basilica of intense emotional resonance for local residents.
-Seo Cathedral: It has been a Roman temple, Visigoth church, Mosque and finally a Cathedral, and thus bears witness to a range of contrasting artistic styles: Romanesque, Mudéjar, Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque. Also known as La Seo, particularly remarkable features include the Mudéjar wall of the parish, the Baroque tower and the Neoclassical façade. The main altarpiece, dedicated to El Salvador, is rendered in alabaster. The Chapter House is home to the Tapestry Museum, an interesting tapestry collection spanning the 15th to the 18th centuries.
-There are Roman ruins under the square and the Cathedral.
-Salvador's cathedral: It was a Roman temple, Visigoth church, Mosque and finally a Cathedral, and is thus home to contrasting artistic styles: Romanesque, Mudéjar, Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque. Also known as La Seo, particularly remarkable features include the Mudéjar wall of the parish, the Baroque tower and the Neoclassical façade. The main altarpiece, dedicated to El Salvador, is rendered in alabaster. The Chapter House houses the Tapestry Museum, an interesting tapestry collection spanning the 15th to the 18th centuries.
-San Pablo's Church: This temple is typical of a Mudéjar-style place of worship: a single aisleless nave with chapels set between the buttresses and a polygonal, five-sided chevet. The tower has an octagonal floor plan and a traditional Mudéjar tower structure, with one tower set within another and a stairwell between the two. The exterior adornment, with Mudéjar motifs, was added only to the upper body. The interior is notable for the High Altarpiece, the work of Damian Forment.
-Pablo Gargallo Museum: Situated in the Plaza San Felipe, this museum offers you two attractions in one: you can both contemplate the work of Pablo Gargallo, and discover the Palacio de los Condes de Argillo, a late Renaissance building from the 17th century. The significant works exhibited comprise sculptures, documents and drawings donated to Zaragoza City Council by the artist's daughter.
-The stone bridge: A must. Intimately bound up with the history of the River Ebro and the Basílica del Pilar, of which the bridge offers spectacular views, particularly at sunset. Both sides of the bridge feature four bronze statues which symbolise the city, the work of sculptor Francisco Rayo.
-Torreón de la Zuda: The Torreón de la Zuda rises up elegantly from one of the towers from the original Roman walls that marked out the city. Of Muslim origin and in perfect condition following its restoration, it is home to a Municipal Tourist Office. The top floor is one of the least-known and most special spots from which to gaze out over the city.
-La Lonja: Set within the most important monumental area of Zaragoza, by the Basílica del Pilar, the Town Hall, the Archbishop`s Palace and La Seo Cathedral, la Lonja is the finest existing example of Aragonese Renaissance civil architecture. A stunning beautiful, uniquely decorated building, it is currently used by the Zaragoza City Council as an Exhibition Gallery.
-Real Maestranza: Behind the Catedral de San Salvador lies the home of the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Zaragoza (the Royal Cavalry Armoury), one of the best preserved examples of an Aragonese Renaissance house-palace. Particularly remarkable are the eaves and ceilings, the work of Jaime Fanegas, a true Renaissance man in his multifaceted nature as a carpenter, inventor, mine discoverer and bridge builder.
-Some important streets: Alfonso street, Independencia sreet, el Coso street, don Jaime street...
Other places:
-La Aljafería:The beautifully restored Palacio de la Aljafería rises up majestically near Zaragoza-Delicias Station. During the guided tour you can learn about the importance of the palace under the rule of the taifas and subsequently as the residence of the Reyes Católicos. Moreover, this singular building will continue to exist in all of its splendour, since it is currently home to the Aragonese Parliament.
-Puerta del Carmen: This is one of the most iconic symbols of the city, since it served as a stronghold during the Spanish War of Independence (1808-1809) when the locals defended valiantly fought off the French in the battle of Los Sitios (The Siege). Some of the missile marks are still visible today. Erected in stone in the 18th century as a gateway into the city, it is the only one of its kind to remain standing today.
-Roman Walls: Dating back over 2000 years, you can still see remnants of the walls that protected the city throughout its Roman, Visigoth, Muslim and Christian periods. The stretches that have been preserved include the 80 metres that rise up between the Torreón de Zuda and the Central Market, as well as the part down by the river in the Convento del Santo Sepulcro, between the Paseo de Echegaray y Caballero and the Coso Bajo.
-Patio de la Infanta: One of the best conserved Aragonese Renaissance courtyards, the Patio de la Infanta was formerly part of the now defunct Palavio Zaporta, whose front and courtyard were bought by a French antique dealer and taken to Paris, and it was dismantled and transferred to the Ibercaja Head Office stone by stone in 1980.
-The area of the Expo: result of the International Exhibition of 2008 "Water and sustainable development".
-Water Tower: Designed by Enrique de Teresa, this peculiar water droplet-shaped structure offers the observer a different vision depending on where you position yourself to look at it. Its magnificence lies both in its height, a stunning 73 metres, and its crystal, transparent body, giving it the properties of a tower-sculpture.
-Goya in Zaragoza: 
The city of Zaragoza is the place of the infancy, youth and education of Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, one of the most universal Spanish painters.
The art of Goya supposes the commencement of contemporary painting and is considered to be the precursor of the pictorial and thematic avant garde of the XX century.
Born in Fuendetodos on March 30, 1746, his family moved to Zaragoza where he trained as an apprentice in the studio of the painter José Luzán when he was still a child.
He travelled to Madrid and Italy where he broadened his training. He returned to Zaragoza, where, at different times, he painted the Coreto Vault (1772) and the Regina Martyrum dome (1780-1781) in the Basílica del Pilar, as well as the mural paintings of the Charterhouse of Aula Dei (1772-1774). Many museums and buildings of ZARAGOZA also contain paintings and engravings made by Goya throughout his lifetime.
Many museums and buildings of ZARAGOZA also contain paintings and engravings made by Goya throughout his lifetime.
-Parque Grande: a big park where you can go to have a walk.
-Romareda Stadium.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
If you are interested in other departments which are not mentioned before, tell us and we´ll do our best to find you a tutor in that materia.