Brussels is the vibrant and lively capital of Belgium. It is home to a very international community, being also the capital of the European Union.
Famous for its waffles, chocolate and beer it offers you not only that, but a huge variety of fun things to do and beautiful landmarks to see such as the ancient city center with the „grand place“ and the impressive „Atomium“ in the Western part of the city.
During your internship, speaking English will be sufficient to communicate with the doctors and tutors. It would be nice for you to have notions in French in order to ensure a better communication with the patients, but it is not a requirement.
The internships will all take place in the University Hospital and its laboratories.
Check out the IFMSA projects database to find more information about the specific research projects!
You will be staying at a dormitory close to the ULB.
Each student has his or her own room with a bed, desk, closet and sink. The kitchen, showers and toilets are shared between the students of each floor. In each room there is a free wireless Internet connection.
As Brussels is a very well connected city, you can come here by airplane, train or bus.
The contact person will either pick you up at the station or the airport.
Brussels isn’t actually as big as it seems. You can get around by bike or take a bus, a tram or the metro.
It’s fun to discover the different parts of the city as the “quartiers” change rapidly from Belgian- to Arabic- to African- to “European”-style.If you want to go see other places in Belgium, you just hop on the train (5€ for a person under 25) and you will arrive at your dream-destination (inside of Belgium) in less than two hours.
- the “Grand Place” and the ancient city center
- the Atomium
- the European Institutions
- the “Mont des Arts” with Brussels nicest museums
- the big parc “Cinquantenaire”
- the African quartier “Matongé”
- the quartier of Ixelles and its places Jourdan and Flagey (best Belgian fries!)
Prepare yourself for some awesome events in Brussels!!
During the whole summer, there will be the "Apéros Urbains": every Friday there will be an open air party at some other place in the city. This way you can discover different parts of the city while trying Belgium's best drinks and getting to know other people from all over the world!
In August, there will be the "Brussels Summer Festival": the whole city center of Brussels turns into a festival zone and there are wonderful concerts every day. The best thing about it: for students it's low budget :)
Check out http://bsf.be/ to see which bands will be playing this year!
Ask your contact person for other special summer events in Brussels, every year there are awesome festivals and get-together’s all over the city.