Peru (IFMSA Peru) - Lima (SOCEMVI)
Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Gynaecology/Obstetrics, Infectology, Internal Medicine-Endocrinology, Internal Medicine-General, Internal Medicine-Pulmonary, Internal Medicine-Rheumatology, Internal Medicine-Cardiology, Oncology, Neurology, Paediatrics, Paediatrics-Surgery, Surgery-Cardiovascular, Surgery-General, Surgery-Orthopedics, Surgery-Thoracic Surgery, Surgery-Vascular Sugery, Traumatology
two meals for day, maximum three
Student family home

Passport copy
Spanish Intermediate required
Students must have passed successfully the discipline applied
To obtain the certificate, the exchange student must perform a presentation about a clinical case that has seen during his clinical rotation
Some additional documents will be requested
Assistance to the hospital center is obligatory with white coat and blue scrub. for the surgical specialties a scrub green color is required , ,

The Sociedad Cientifica de Estudiantes de Medicina Villarrealinos (SOCEMVI) of  Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal (UNFV) is a group of medical students focused on scientific research as well as in the diffusion of various topics of public and global health.

Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru. It is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, in the central coastal part of the country, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Together with the seaport of Callao, it forms a contiguous urban area known as the Lima Metropolitan Area. With a population of almost 10 million, Lima is the most populous metropolitan area of Peru, and the third largest city in the Americas (as defined by "city proper"), just behind São Paulo and Mexico City.

Lima was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, as Ciudad de los Reyes. It became the capital and most important city in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru. Following the Peruvian War of Independence, it became the capital of the Republic of Peru. Today, around one-third of the Peruvian population lives in the metropolitan area.

Lima is home to one of the oldest higher learning institutions in the New World. The National University of San Marcos, founded on May 12 of 1551, during Spanish colonial regime, is the oldest continuously functioning university in the Americas.

Where all Peruvian cultures exist as a result of a long migration process. The main airport is located in Callao,which is part of Lima,so you this is the first city which you will visit when you travel to Peru. Also you can go to another cities from Lima because there is a lot of ways you can travel(airplane,bus).


The Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal (UNFV) was created as an Autonomous University on October 30, 1963, by law number 14692, promulgated by the constitutional government of President Fernando Belaunde Terry.

UNFV proudly flaunt the name of the distinguished Peruvian sage Federico Villarreal, who during his life  dabbled in  almost every field of human knowledge, dedicating himself entirely to the study of science, research and teaching. The origin of the  Universidad Villarreal  goes back to the time when it functioned as a subsidiary of the  Universidad Comunal del Centro (UCC) of Perú, founded in December 1959

As the academic activity of the Universidad Comunal was limited to the Huancayo city, in 1960, a group of Lima bank employees held an assembly in which they agreed to constitute a pro-cult committee in Lima.

Dr. Javier Pulgar Vidal, a man of science and illustrious university teacher was the manager of the university.He was accompanied by Ramiro Prialé, Jesús Véliz Lizárraga, César Solís, Manuel Gutièrrez Aliaga and Luis Vega Fernández in the drafting and signing of the founding deed.

On October 18, 1963, the Congress of the Republic, presided over by Senator Julio de la Piedra, approved Law 14692 that recognizes as The Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal (UNFV). This law was enacted by the central government on October 30 of the same year.

On May 24, 1964, Dr. Óscar Herrera Marquis was elected first rector. On May 24, 1964, Dr. Óscar Herrera Marquis was elected first rector. The first faculties were: Commerce, Accounting and  Actuarial Calculation, Economy, Statistics and Finance, Public and Private Administration, and Aquaculture and Oceanography. From the first of April 1961 the faculties of Education and Architecture began to function.

The Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal has 18 faculties, 60 study programs, a graduate university school and a center for pre-university studies where professionals are trained to meet the demands of today's world.

On April 12, 1966, by rectoral resolution number 1398, the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal was created, beginning its activities in the same year with  Dr. Alejandro Tapia Freses as his   first dean. Later it takes the name of the Academic Program of Medical Sciences, until 1982, dedicating itself only to the training of surgeons.

On February 15, 1983, through rectoral resolution number 10580, the creation of the Academic Nursing Program was ordered, under the supervision of the Academic Medicine Program.

In 1984, with the new University Law, it takes the name of Faculty of Medicine, with the professional schools of Medicine and Nursing.

On May 17, 1984 and through rectoral resolution number13512, the Academic Nutrition Program was created

The resolution number 3953-94-UNFV, dated 09-13-94, was replaced for the resolution number 4117-94 dated 12, 1994, and from that date on, It is call the Faculty of Medicine "Hipólito Unanue".

Currently, the Faculty of Medicine "Hipólito Unanue" is composed of the Professional Schools of: Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition and Obstetrics.

It has many hospitals where students perform their hospital practices such as: Hospital Nacional Hipólito Unanue, Hospital Nacional Guillermo Almenara Irigoyen, Hospital Nacional Arzobispo Loayza, Hospital Nacional Edgardo Rebagliati Martins, among others.


Your lodging will be at a host family,often is located closer to the Hospital.They will provide you at least two meals per day, maximum three .They and your contact person will make your transportation to downtown and your hospital easy.


You will be staying in the student's family home.You will have basic services: water, electricity, internet, etc.The exchange student will have privacy. It is only asked to respect and comply with the rules of coexistence of the house in which you stay.


Public transport  is handled by buses, micros, taxicabs, and the so-called mototaxis. Micros are the most common means of public transportation in Lima and many other cities in Peru. There are also more than 100 km of cycle paths in the city.

The word micro is used in common-day Peruvian Spanish as an abbreviation for microbus (minibus). While the bigger vehicles are known as micros, the smaller ones are known as either combis or micros. These privately owned vehicles are not only known for being very cheap and convenient but also for being rather risky.

Micros race from one street corner to another along all the major arterial city roads. Stickers saying, for example, "Todo Angamos" or "Todo Benavides" can be seen on their windscreens, which indicates that the micro runs the whole length of Avenida Angamos or Avenida Benavides. These microbuses dash dangerously fast, frequently crashing and speeding off before their passengers have got both feet into the vehicle. There being few bus stops, micros and combis pick and drop passengers anywhere along their route (although it is not allowed). Tickets became compulsory in the late-80s. No transfer tickets are issued, so double fares are often used by people when a micro passing through downtown does not go to the destination needed, although with the lack of control of routes nowadays there are many routes that go just about everywhere within the city limits. The only places where micros are no longer allowed to circulate is in the crosstown streets within downtown Lima: if you need to go from the West Side to the East Side you must walk or take a taxi (see below), and micros go north-south only through either the West or East sides' main arteries, Tacna Ave. and Abancay Ave. respectively.


We have three main transportation systems with determined routes:

  1. Metropolitano (articulated buses):It has stops near Hospital Nacional Dos de Mayo,Hospital Nacional Guillermo Almenara Irigoyen and Hospital Nacional Arzobispo Loayza:
  2. Línea 1 del Metro (electric train):It has stops near Hospital Nacional Dos de Mayo and Hospital Nacional Guillermo Almenara Irigoyen:
  3. Sistema de corredores complementarios (buses) :

    Also we have independent taxis and buses with different routes and prices, you can ask your contact in order to choose the best option.


We have a great social program organized with other LCs in Lima to be able to create a better experience.

The social program includes:

- Gastronomic tours:where you can enjoy our delicious and varied gastronomy  known wordwide 

-Turistic places from lima: historical center of lima, La Reserva park, Costa Verde

-Welcome dinner:where you will eat different types of Peruvian food.

- International dinner:where they will prepare typical food of their country;Do not forget to bring some ingredients necessary to prepare the typical dish.

-Social activities:where possible clubs and places will be proposed to spend pleasant moments.

- Travel Programming:where travel packages will be offered to know the outskirts of Lima.Especially the most tourist areas of our country : Cusco, Ica, Huaraz, etc

Most important places to see in the town and around the town.



The Historical Center of Lima, declared a World Heritage Site, encloses in a few blocks the most representative samples of Peruvian colonial architecture. The historic center can be traversed on foot and safely. Start your tour in the Plaza Mayor, the heart of Lima and then head to the San Francisco complex to visit the catacombs. Do not forget to enter the Cathedral and enjoy its altars and paintings.


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From the Pier of Miraflores you have a beautiful view of the sea, the beaches and the cliffs. We have the Cisneros jetty, which joins the Malecón de la Reserva (Also known as Malecón Armendáriz) through the Villena Bridge and then connects to the 28th of July (French) jetty.


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The most important places to see in the city and around the city.

Plaza de Armas of Lima

The Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas of Lima,is the birthplace of the city of Lima,as well as the core of the city.Located in the Historic Centre of Lima,it is surrounded by the Government Palace,Cathedral of Lima,Archbishop's Palace of Lima,the Municipal Palace,and the Palace of the Union.



Parque de la Reserva

The Parque de la Reserva in Spanish is a park located in downtown Lima, in Peru.Built in an irregular shape,it is located between two of the city's principal streets,the Paseo de la Republica expressway and Arequipa Avenue.


The Magic Water Tour, inaugurated July 26,2007,currently comprises the property of the Park of the Reserve.The Magic Water Tour is currently the world record holder for the largest fountain complex in the world,consisting of 13 distinct fountains,many of which are interactive.All of the fountains are lighted at night, many with continuously changing color schemes.




Costa Verde


This is a beach circuit, It crosses the south central part of the littoral coastline joining the districts of San Miguel, Magdalena, San Isidro, Miraflores, Barranco, Chorrillos.


You can go to Miraflores´s beach and practise surf, there you find teachers and all the implements.




Barranco Distric


This is one of the most bohemian and beauitful districts of Lima, there is a walkway to the sea that runs through Barranco, called the Bajada de los Baños. Crossing over this walkway is the Puente de los Suspiros