Macedonia
NMO GENERAL INFORMATION
Macedonia MMSA-Macedonia
LANGUAGE
REQUIRED LANGUAGE
Macedonian, English
macedonian, english
(GMT+01:00) Sarajevo, Skopje, Warsaw, Zagreb
Macedonian denar
SCOPE Active
SCORE Active
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MMSA-Macedonia) - Bitola
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MMSA-Macedonia) - Ohrid
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MMSA-Macedonia) - Skopje

37 SCOPE STUDENTS
13 SCORE STUDENTS
SCOPE EXCHANGE CONDITIONS
SCORE EXCHANGE CONDITIONS
www.mmsa.mk
NEOs
Jovana Topencharova
NOREs
Leonid-Rene-Tomas Karadjinov
WELCOME NOTE

Dear medical students from all around the world, welcome to MMSA!

First, we are very pleased that you consider coming for an exchange in the Republic of Macedonia.

Macedonian Medical Student's Association has been running student exchanges since 1994, thanks to the IFMSA membership, offering both, professional and research exchanges.

The main purpose of those standing committees is to give the medical students a big opportunity for international mobility, as well as medical experience, wonderful memories and knowledge enrichment.

So, if you want an unforgettable exchanging experience in the country of one the most wonderful natural heritage in Europe and also meeting and feeling the Balkan's hospitality and sociability at its finest, this is the right country to apply for.

With hands wide open, we'd like to welcome all the IFMSA Exchange Students to our small, but worth to visit country. Take your time reading information about our country and exchange program, fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride!

OVERVIEW

Location:  Balkan Peninsula, Southeast Europe, bordered by Kosovo to the northwest, Serbia to the north, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south and Albania to the west

Area: 25 713 km2

Population: 2014 estimate, 2 069 162 people

Capital city : Skopje, 506,926 inhabitants

Form of government: Parliamentary republic

Climate:  transitional climate from mediterranean to continental,  hot and dry summers and moderately cold winters

Official language: Macedonian

International country phone code: +389

Electricity: 220-240 Volts, europlug

HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

Macedonia has an improving standard of compulsory state funded healthcare, which is available free to all citizens and registered long-term residents. The Ministry of Health oversees the health service and the Health Insurance Fund (HIF), collects the contributions, allocate funds, supervise and contract healthcare providers. All citizens are entitled by law to equal access to healthcare. People can also choose private healthcare.

Hospitals in Macedonia are known for providing efficient medical service to their patients. Most of them are very well furnished with all the basic medical care facilities. Many of them are also equipped with ultra modern medical amenities, matching the international standards.

The medical services provided by hospitals of Macedonia are listed below : - 24 hour ambulance services - blood bank facility - pathology laboratory - radiology laboratory - 24 hour pharmacy

Some of the hospitals in Macedonia are listed below:

Campus Mother Theresa - Skopje

City Hospital - Skopje

Army Hospital - Skopje

City Hospital - Ohrid

St.Erazmo - Ohrid

St.Stefan - Ohrid

MEDICAL EDUCATION

University level, first stage, first degree with preclinical and clinical studies: graduated doctor

Second stage: Second degree: Medical specialist (courses leading to this degree require more years further study and practice and also defence of a thesis)

University level third stage: Third degree: Doctoral degree (the Doctorate is the highest scientific degree, it is the result of independent research and a public defence of a doctoral thesis is required)

TRANSPORTATION

Citizens of the European Union and of the countries signatories to the Schengen Agreement can enter only with a valid officially issued ID card (or a passport). Visas are not required by nationals from the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and , Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Turkey, UK, USA, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The period of stay is regulated under the issued visa, but is no longer than 90 days. The visa free stay is 90 days, with the exception of Turkey, Japan and Montenegro where the visa free stay is 60 days. Any foreign national possessing a valid multi entry Schengen visa (valid for the entire territory of the Schengen zone) may enter and stay in the Republic of Macedonia up to 15 days without having to possess a Macedonian visa. Please note that border guards may not be fully aware of this information, and they might tell you that you require a visa to enter Macedonia. Stay calm and politely ask them to recheck their information. They will fill a form with your passport and car registration information which can take up to 1 hour!

By plane

Republic of Macedonia has two international airports, the main airport in the capital Skopje "Alexander the Great Airport" (SKP) and another in Ohrid "St.Paul the Apostle Airport" (OHD). There are around 150 flights in a week from different European cities to Skopje. Macedonian Government currently awarded one Turkish Airport Operator Company (TAV) to construct a brand new Terminal building in Skopje Airport and is estimated to be finished less than two years. From the low-cost airlines only WizzAir[4] flies directly between Skopje and London (Luton Airport). Another option to travel into Republic of Macedonia is to fly to Thessaloniki (SKG) or to Sofia (SOF) and get a taxi or bus from there. There are 5 buses from Sofia Central Bus Station to Skopje, leaving at 9:00, 12:00, 16:00, 17:00 and 00:00. The two bus companies which operate these services are MATPU and Kaleia, both of which are located outside the main bus terminal. Single ticket is approximately 16 Euros (32 Lev). There are also services from Skopje to Sofia at similar prices and times for a return flight home. Additionally, if you contact the Sofia Tourist Information Service, they can normally put you in contact with private tranfer companies who will pick you up at the airport and take you to Skopje. Prices range from as little at €60 to €160. Negotiating with taxis can be trickier but may be able to get a cheaper price. If you fly to Thessaloniki, you can go by public bus (24/7) for 0,50 EUR to the train station and catch a train from there (14 EUR oneway).

 

By train

Regular train service connects the Republic of Macedonia to Greece in the South (Note 13 April 2011: all international trains to Greece have been stopped until further notice as of February 2011) and Serbia in the North. A cheap way of traveling to or from Macedonia might be the Balkan Flexipass.

By car

Be sure your Green Card (International Insurance Card) has an uncanceled "MK" box. Try to get a good map of the Republic of Macedonia and/or try to be able to read Cyrillic letters. Although most street signs are printed in Cyrillic and Latin letters it can be helpful to have a little knowledge of the Cyrillic alphabet, especially in small towns.

By bus

Eurobus is an international coach operator based in Macedonia that has almost daily tours from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Slovenia. Prices from 60€ and possible to get student discount. The website of the bus company is available in German. Almost daily in modern coaches from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia. Stops in the major cities Skopje, Tetovo, Ohrid. €75/€140rt from Vienna. There are bus connections from Serbia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia and Turkey to Skopje. In addition some buses, those operated by Drity tours at least, run from Tirana to Pristina via Skopje (don't expect them to wake you up or stop anywhere near Skopje bus station though) In Skopje, there are two bus terminals. Most buses come to the new terminal, but some connections (for example to Pristina) are serviced by the old one, which is located at the city center. If you need to change the terminals, you need to walk to the stone bridge over Vardar and cross the bridge (about 2.5 km) or take a taxi. At both terminals, you will be constantly nagged by taxi drivers, who will try to convince you to use their services. Unless you have too much money to throw away, you shouldn't take their advice. The taxi is likely to be heavily overpriced, especially for foreigners, while the buses are cheap, clean and safe.

By boat

There are plenty of boats for charter around Lake Ohrid and will show you the whole lake for a cheap price.

SOCIAL PROGRAM

The Social Program includes several places to visit and activities in Macedonia. The Social Program is only for students who come in summer months. It includes Macedonia's must visit places like: Skopje fortress, The Old Bazaar, Skopje centre, Millenium Cross, Mountain Vodno, Ohrid Lake, Monastery of Saint Naum, Galicnik, Mavrovo, Church of St.John at Kaneo, The Bay od bones etc. :)
The Social Program will be sent over to you once you get accepted to an exchange in Macedonia, so you will be able to decide which activity would you like to take part in.

MUST SEE

List of must see places in Republic of Macedonia:

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·         Skupi

·         Heraklea

·         Marko's Fortress

·         Samuel's Fortress

·         Stobi

·         Meckin Kamen

·         Village Vevcni, Struga

·         Macedonian Museums

·         National Parks in Macedonia

·         Macedonia Botanical Gardens

·         Churches in Macedonia

·         Monastery in Macedonia

·         Skopje Fortress "Kale"

·         Lake Dojran

·         The Stone Bridge

·         Lake Ohrid

·         Popova Sapka

·         Krusevo

·         Mavrovo

·         Mount Pelister

·         Lake Prespa

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·         Churches in Macedonia

·         Skopje Fortress "Kale"

·         Lake Dojran

·         The Stone Bridge

·         Lake Ohrid

·         Popova Sapka

·         Krusevo

·         Mavrovo

·         Mount Pelister

·         Lake Prespa

·         Skupi

·         Heraklea

·         Marko's Fortress

·         Samuel's Fortress

·         Stobi

·         Meckin Kamen

·         Village Vevcni, Struga

·         Macedonian Museums

·         National Parks in Macedonia

·         Macedonia Botanical Gardens

CULTURAL DIFFERENCES

Macedonia has a rich cultural heritage in art, architecture, poetry, and music. It has many ancient, protected religious cites. Poetry, cinema, and music festivals are held annually. Macedonia has a significant number of preserved Byzantine fresco paintings, mainly from the period between the 11th and 16th centuries. There are several thousands square metres of fresco painting preserved, the major part of which is in very good condition and represent masterworks of the Macedonian School of ecclesiastical painting. The most important cultural events in the country are the Ohrid Summer festival of classical music and drama, the Struga Poetry Evenings which gather poets from more than 50 countries in the world, International Camera Festival in Bitola, Open Youth Theatre and Skopje Jazz Festival in Skopje etc. Every year, the May Opera Evenings are held in Skopje for around 20 nights. The first May Opera performance was that of Kiril Makedonski's Tsar Samuil in May 1972.

Macedonian cuisine is a representative of the cuisine of the Balkans—reflecting Mediterranean (Greek and Turkish) and Middle Eastern influences, and to a lesser extent Italian, German and Eastern European (especially Hungarian) ones. The relatively warm climate in Macedonia provides excellent growth conditions for a variety of vegetables, herbs and fruits. Thus, Macedonian cuisine is particularly diverse.

Famous for its rich Shopska salad, an appetizer and side dish which accompanies almost every meal, Macedonian cuisine is also noted for the diversity and quality of its dairy products, wines, and local alcoholic beverages, such as rakija. Tavche Gravche and mastika are considered the national dish and drink of the Republic of Macedonia, respectively.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Some imformation about the accomodation and boarding in Macedonia:

Skopje- the internship takes place in one of our numerous departments in the main clinical campus in Macedonia called: "Mother Theresa". Students are accommodated in a dormitory situated close to Clinical Campus “Mother Teresa”. Thanks to the experience, professional staff, of which a big percent teach at the Medical Faculty-Skopje and Stip, teamwork, and above all, full of commitment and dedication, this hospital provides the highest level of care in Macedonia.

Ohrid- The Center for cardiovascular diseases – Ohrid has been established in 1982 as a public health institute for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of cardiovascular diseases. The Center consist of: Outpatient-polyclinic department, Inpatient department with CICU (Cardiac Intensive Care Unit), Department of Interventional cardiology and Department of cardiac rehabilitation. We are proud of our highly professional medical staff which has vast experience and tradition of diagnosing and treating cardiovascular diseases. In Ohrid, the students are accommodated in the working hospital, student dorm or in self catering flats also situated near the hospital they are working in.