Antwerp is the most populous city in Flanders, the north part of Belgium. Antwerp is on the River Scheldt and the Port of Antwerp is one of the biggest in the world. Antwerp's other great mainstay is the diamond trade. It is also know for its fashion and great culture and architecture. There are a lot of museums that are worth visiting like the MAS and the Rubenshuis (home to the painter Peter Paul Rubens).
There are several districts in Antwerp: the medical faculty of the University of Antwerp is located in Wilrijk. In this town you can also find a beautiful Jain temple.
The University of Antwerp is one of the mediumsized universities in Belgium. This has an advantage: the education is more personal and to the point. The medical faculty is located at 'Campus Drie Eiken, in Wilrijk (20-30 min by bike, 30 min by bus to city centre). Next to the campus is the University Hospital (of Antwerp), or UZA. You can find more info on their website www.uza.be
Our patients mainly speak Dutch. Because of Belgiums background many patients also speak French. For the internship it will be sufficient if you speak English, the doctors will help you in this language barrier and most of the patients will be able to understand you.
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We will provide you with some pocket money to cover the expenses of one meal per working day. You can buy food in the hospital restaurant of bring your own lunch.
A room in student housing close to the hospital and university.
From Belgiums main airport, Brussels National Airport, it's very easy to take the train to Antwerp, it's about a 30 min drive.
Bus 17 and 22 stop in front of the hospital and go to the city centre of Antwerp via the main square of Wilrijk (named 'Bist'). The fasted bus to the city is the 180-181-182-183 passing by 'Bist' with their end stop at the 'Groenplaats', one of the big squares in Antwerps historical part, close to lots of shops, restaurants and the cathedral.
If you need to go to the train station (Antwerpen Centraal), you should take bus 17 or 21 which passes the train station (bus 21 also passes another station: Berchem).
You can get everywhere by bike, you can probably rent one or sometimes you can use one from your CP. (Don't forget to lock it everywhere you go.)
If you plan on taking the bus often, there are cards for 10 euros in most supermarkets. This is the cheapest way to pay for your bus ride. A normal bus ride costs around 1.40 euros with the card. You can also pay in the bus which is the most expensive (make sure you have the correct change) or text DL to 4884 for 1.80 euros (max. use of 1 hour and text before entering bus). If you don't know where your stop is, ask the driver to tell you, otherwise you might miss it.
Trains are more expensive than the busses. There is a pass for people that are younger than 25, which is called Gopass. You can buy one for 10 rides or just a single one. Each ride will be 5.10 euros, and you can travel everywhere inside the country. This will often be the cheapest. Almost all trains going to Antwerpen Centraal pass Berchem station on their way and vice versa. Taking the train from those stations to one another, isn't useful and more expensive than the bus.
For the busses you can use www.delijn.be to check which bus to take and when they arrive (they can be late). Google maps can also be useful.
For trains you can use www.nmbs.be
There is lots of opportunity for sightseeing in Antwerp.
- Historic City Centre with Antwerp City Hall and Guildhouses dating back to 16th century
- Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal, the highest cathedral in the Low Countries and tallest building in the city
- Central Station, one of the most beautiful stations in the world
- several museums including Plantin-Moretus Museum, MoMu, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Rubenshuis...
- Law Courts, for its special architecture
- 'Het Steen', a fortification on the shore of the River Scheldt
- 'Meir', central shopping street
- in Wilrijk: Jain Temple
In Wilrijk there are 2 supermarkets: Carrefour and Colruyt in the town centre which you can easily get ot by foot or bike. There is also a Mediamarkt for electronics and an IKEA closeby (reachable by bike) and a Panos, a sandwich shop on the 'Bist'.