We can proudly say that students staying with us in Iceland have been very pleased with their stay. We have English speaking doctors and, since our hospitals are all university hospitals, there is an atmosphere of teaching fellow colleagues. There are planned case sessions for young doctors and students a few times a week and the availability of specialists and young doctors is quite good for learning. We have provided fine accommodation in a student house in Reykjavik where all the exchange students get to stay together to make it easier for them to get to know each other. The students have also been quite happy with our social program which is better described below. Every week we organize at least one fun activity for exchange students as well as Icelandic contact persons. During the 4 week exchange, we also take a weekend trip and a day trip to explore nature further from the city!
Icelandic people are quite proud of their health care system, which is thought to be one of the best in the world. Health care insurance is paid by the state and covers all necessary treatments for Icelanders and international residents of the country. Receiving care at the hospital and clinics only require a minimum cost of a few thousand Icelandic kronas. Privacy of patients is taken very seriously in the health care of Iceland. It is therefore strictly forbidden to take any pictures at the hospital's wards. Photos can be taken outside of wards but only if no patients or relatives are seen in the background and no information about patients is visible (including names, social security number or scans). Medical students, as well as hospital staff, need to be very careful when sharing content on social media. No patient or their information may be visible and the pictures may not be taken from within wards.
We have one hospital in Reykjavík and it is called Landspítali University Hospital (abbreviated LSH). It is operated in two different locations called Hringbraut and Fossvogur but both are close to the centre. They have different departments so we usually have students at both hospitals every summer. A shuttle bus drives between the locations every 15 minutes so meeting up with your friends at the other hospital is simple at the end of the workday!
The later 3 years are clinical classes and work and the hospital. After students' 4th year they can work as assistant doctors in the hospitals and after finishing their 5th year many students go out to the countryside to relieve doctors in the smaller towns of Iceland for the summer, working at clinics all around Iceland. In the final year, the students have 2 months of an elective period where they can choose a department and work as medical students, either in Iceland or abroad. They find a project and get it evaluated by the medical faculty.
After completing the 6 years, the young doctors complete one year of internship. They are then employed at the hospital as "Kandídat". During an exchange in Iceland, you might work a lot with medical students after their 4th year, Kandídates, general doctors, residents and specialists.
Many air carriers operate flights to Keflavik International airport (KEF) from Europe and North-America. From the airport are bus companies that drive almost directly to the student's accommodation. All exchange students are assigned a contact person who can further assist with planning the arrival to Iceland.
During the exchange program, students are provided with a bus card. This allows students to travel to the hospital each day as well as explore what the city has to offer.
To visit the countryside, many tour operators are available with bus tours from the city. If you have a driving licence and feel confident driving in Iceland, you could consider renting a car with the other exchange students. There are car rentals close to the student-accommodation.
- Gullfoss and Geysir
- Thermal pools (in Reykjavik
- Natural hot pools
- Reykjavik's night life
- Blue Lagoon
- Harpan (music hall)
- Small countryside/fishing villages
- Jökulsárlón Glacier lagoon
- Whale watching
-Thingvellir national park (One of Iceland's two UNESCO world heritage site(and Game of Thrones filming location)
- Gay pride parade in August
- Seljalandsfoss (a beautiful waterfall)
- A black sand beach
- Take a dip in the Atlantic ocean
- Enjoy the view after hiking a mountain
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We welcome you to Iceland and are looking forward to seeing you :)