There are severals places where you can do your clinical internship in Caen, 3 different buildings based in the same area.
- The CHU (University Regional hospital center): with nearly 1500 beds, it is the reference hospital in Caen, you can find the most common departments.
- Esquirol is specialized in Psychiatry.
- The Centre François Baclesse is specialized in Oncology.
Caen provides one meal per day of clerkship, at the University Restaurant for lunch (close to the Hospitals).
Bus and tram
At the moment and until 2019, the tramway network is under renovation!
You can travel in Caen and to the nearest cities by bus or tram. The tram runs in town and will be especially appropriate to go to the hospital or the faculty. With the bus, you can go everywhere up to the beach (30 minutes)! The ticket is the same price: 1,50€ for an hour of the ride along with the Twisto network. For 10 journeys, you will pay 12,70€ and for a month with an infinite number of journeys, you will pay 29,50€.
Company Bus Verts
You can travel through the whole county of Calvados and go to Deauville, Honfleur, Bayeux or even Falaise for a price of 8,40€ (round trip). You can see the map here: http://www.busverts.fr//upload/docadom/plan.pdf
Caen is dotted by a train station and thus we have direct access to multiple big cities of France such as Paris, Rennes, Rouen, or Cherbourg! To go to Paris, the ticket will have an approximate price of 60€ (round-trip) for a 2-hour train ride.
During your stay, you will travel by car with your host and with the other students to visit the areas of Caen with the social program. Caen is located nearly in the center of Normandy, so every place worth seeing is maximum a one-hour-long trip; the nearest beaches being 20 minutes away from Caen.
Normandy is a place full of history with the Second World war but also with a rich medieval past, not to mention a rural past that inspired famous writers and painters.
- Castle of Guillaume, Falaise, the town where William the Conqueror was born is a picturesque medieval town.
- Mont Saint-Michel, one of the seven World’s wonders, is as pretty inside as it is outside! How could you miss that?
- Beuvron-en-Auge is one of the most typical villages of Normandy.
- American cemetery of Omaha Beach, Saint-Laurent-sur-mer, in remembrance of the 10 000 American victims on this beach during World War II.
- Etretat’s cliffs are the famous chalk cliffs overlooking the Channel Sea.
- Foundation Claude Monet, Giverny. Claude Monet was a famous impressionist painter.
- Haras du pin, for the horses' lovers.
Normandy is also known to be a place of tourism for its diverse nature and its beaches highly frequented by Parisians during summer.
- Roches d’Oëtre, Saint-Philbert-sur-Orne, where you can see a cliff 120 meters above a pretty river which has a face form. It is a pretty place to take a walk.
- North Cotentin (Anse du Culeron, Tahitou: a small isle which you can walk to when the tide is low, Auderville, Barfleur)
- Côte fleurie : Cabourg, Deauville, Honfleur
- Granville (where there is a museum for the fashion lovers about Christian Dior), Barneville Carteret, Gouville
Want to visit another country 1 hour away from Normandy? Take the boat, and go to Jersey! Jersey is a small English Island in the Channel Sea and its inhabitants live there a very typical English life.
In the town of Caen itself,
-Castle of Guillaume, Caen, that William the Conqueror erected when he was king is now a place to pass time and visit. It contains three museums: one about Art in general, one about the history of Normandy and one about the castle.
-The city hall, stuck to the Abbaye aux Hommes. Both of them can be (and is recommended to be) visited.
-The memorial museum about the Second World War in Normandy.
-The harbor, full of sailing ships, is a safe place to guard your boat. Multiple festivities take place near the harbor during the year for runs and for famous boat races.
-Some public gardens : The Jardin des Plantes and The Colline aux oiseaux, where you can stroll by and get lost in the roseraie.
Coline aux oiseaux Jardin des plantes
-The cargö is a place for concerts, especially for the young generation. You can check on their website for artists you would like to see when you come: www.lecargo.fr
-Rue écuyère is the street where you will meet students from Caen every Thursday night. This is where you can find the typical drink of Caen: the Embuscade !
And this is just a sample of everything Normandy has to offer!