Bienvenue en TUNISIE ! Welcome to TUNISIA !!
Tunisia is a north African country , in the heart of the Mediteranean .
It is blessed with a stunning coastline , gorgeous sandy beaches , magnificent woodland ,an abundance of historical sites and the magic of the Sahara desert .
Background and History :
In ancient times, Tunisia was primarily inhabited by Berbers. Phoenician immigration began in the 12th century BC; these immigrants founded Carthage . Carthage was eventually defeated by the Romans in the Battle of Carthage of 149 BC. Romans brought Christianity and architecture to Tunisia, including the El Djam amphitheater. Tunisia was conquered by Arabs in the first century of Islam , followed by the Ottomans between 1534 and 1574. The Ottomans held sway for over three hundred years. The French conquest of Tunisia occurred in 1881. Tunisia gained independence with Habib Bourguiba and declared the Tunisian Republic in 1957 .
The wreckge of each of these dreams of absolute and inequivocal domination , from the spontaneous or forced meeting ,peaceful or warlike of many civilizations and many merchant or military navies sent out from their arsenal was born a mosaic of civilizations ,of arts and monuments.
Arabic in culture and traditions , Tunisia is a liberal and tolerant muslim society with many equality laws enshrined in the Tunisian constitution .Women’s rights are better served than anywhere else in the Arabic word : polygamy is outlawed ….Alcohol is freely available.
The official language is Arabic .French is the second language .English is spoken everywhere.
Having been active in both SCORE and SCOPE for many years now, our exchange program aims to provide internship exchanges worldwide to medical students with selected internships according to ranked departments while providing more relaxed after-hours. Internships are of a duration of 4 weeks. You can choose the period of 4 weeks
that works best for you , which is from April to March of the next year.Our team of exchange officers, contact persons and Associa-Med community is dedicated to make your experience in Tunisia an culturally and academically rich and enjoyable experience.
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
Article 38 of the new tunisian Constitution (2014) recalls that health is a human right. It highlights that the State should assure preventive and curative health services and provides sufficient resources to guarantee security and quality of services. The healthcare system in Tunisia is organised and managed by the Ministry of Health. Health insurance is managed by the “Caisse Nationale d'Assurance Maladie”. The welfare scheme in Tunisia is compulsory for the entire population. It differs according to socio-professional category. The insured’s spouse and minor children are entitled to Social Security benefits and therefore to health insurance. The insured may also be treated privately if the services are approved and if they are treating: - severe and/or chronic conditions requiring full health insurance cover. This is known as APCI (Fully covered conditions). - some cases of hospitaliation and surgery. The terms and levels of cover are determined by: - type of care: public or private, - payment terms: per treatment or procedure or a lump sum - type of cover: cash advance or third party payment, - the level of cover desired: amount reimbursed, payment caps, reference price of drugs etc.
There are 4 medical universities in Tunisia situated in the four biggest cities. To become a medical student, every student should pass the baccalaureat exam in the end of high school. First two years are pre-clinical and after the 2nd year begins the clinical stage. After every year, in 3 out of the 4 schools, students have to do a one-month-clerkship in the summer. By the end of the 5th year students take their residency exam and start their internship year (6th year) where they do a surgical rotation, a medical rotation and gynaecology or pediatrics rotation. After that year, either they choose the family medicine rotation or a speciality if they succeed in the residency exam.
Airports in Tunisia:
1. Aéroport international de Tunis-Carthage (closest to LC-Tunis)
2.Aéroport international Enfidha Hammamet (Close to Sousse but not recommanded)
3.Aéroport international de Djerba-Zarzis
4. Aéroport international de Monastir Habib-Bourguiba( Close to both LC-sousse and LC-Monastir Recommanded)
5.Aéroport international de Sfax-Thyna ( Close LC-Sfax)
We recommand you land At :
The international airport of Tunis if you're doing an exchange in Local committee of Tunis and
The international Airport of Monastir for other Local Committees.
From broad sweeps of beach overlooked by a tumble of sugar-cube houses, to grand ancient ruins and the vast, rolling dunes of the Sahara, Tunisia encapsulates everything that’s enticing about North Africa. Lose yourself in the maze of medina alleyways in Tunis and soak up cool vibes in the capital; shaped over the centuries by a mixture of Ottoman, Arabic and French-colonial influences, Tunisia's capital is a wonderful muddle of old and new. In the shady medina back alleys, old men puff on shisha and play backgammon, while along the broad French-style avenues of the modern town. Hey! never miss the chance to discover Sidi Bou Saïd; gorgeously quaint and stunningly picturesque, Sidi Bou Saïd is a vision of white-and-blue buildings perched above the Mediterranean. Wander the cobblestone alleyways through the village, stop for syrupy Arabic coffee at a cliff-side cafe, and then unwind on the charmingly old-fashioned beach. Wonder at sacred Kairouan Kairouan's skyline of minarets is packed to the brim with beautiful Islamic architecture, not least the breath-taking 9th-century Great Mosque. Founded in 670, the city dates back to the beginning of Islam in the Maghreb and is seen as the religion's fourth holiest site. Aside from sacred landmarks, you'll spend hours exploring the labyrinthine medina, full of spindling alleyways backed by crumbling pastel-hued houses. So this is a real must see! Explore it! And now what about finding the forces in Chott El Jerid? The salt pan of Chott El Jerid has a mesmerising otherworldliness which was used to great effect in the Star Wars films. In summer, the dry salt crust blisters and shimmers in the heat, while in winter sections of it flood and have to be traversed by boat. Then what about visiting a galaxy far, far away in Matmata? Due to a prominent role in the first Star Wars film, Matmata's subterranean dwellings, first dug out by the Berbers over 1,000 years ago, attract hundreds of visitors each day. The main attraction here is Hotel Sidi Driss, used as the cantina in Episode 4. Pretend to be a Roman gladiator at El Jem’s impressive amphitheater and delve into the ruins of Dougga; this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of North Africa's best-preserved ancient ruins. Hoist yourself onto a camel for a trip into the desert and ruise over sand dunes; the dramatic sand dunes of the Grand Erg Oriental ripple out in waves across the horizon. This hypnotic landscape was used in the movie "The English Patient" and has since become one of the most famous corners of the Sahara. From the dusty desert outpost of Douz you can organise camel treks or 4x4 trips to the dunes. Dune skiing and desert dune-buggy trips are also available. To finish your adventure time in Tunisia you have to venture under the sea around Tabarka; Tabarka is Tunisia's top spot for snorkelling and diving. The town itself is a gentle-paced seaside resort which oozes old fashioned style, and it's a lovely stop off if you want to recharge your travel batteries. Not far from shore is the magical underwater world of the Galite Islands, which are the main draw for scuba diving fans.
Fore taste :
In Tunisia, there are primarily three languages used: the local Tunisian dialect (also known as
« darja » or « tounsi » ), Arabic and French. There is also a small minority (1%) that speaks
“Shelha”, a Berber language.
Offering Arabic, French, Darja, English and other languages, Tunisians are able to convey all
of their warmth to you in your native language making you able to enjoy all the pleasures
and sights of their amazing country, free of barriers.
Traditional food :
Tunisians like eat good , tasty and flling foods. Our food combines Arabic , Mediterranean ,Middle Eastern and French influences. You have to know that Tunisian food is so spicy. We usually use the 'Harissa' which is hot sauce made of chili peppers, garlic and different spices.
Our national dish is : The couscous. It's so popular throughout the country. it's often known as one of the best type of couscous in north africa. Also there are such so many delicious food such as : Brik , shakshouka , kafteji , Mloukhia , tajin , lablebi , Ojja..
Tunisia produces a range of palatable wines , sparkling wines , beers , aperitifs and liqueurs.
I hope you enjoy our culinary traditions!
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Luckily the weather has aligned with our wishes. The sun and I bid you a warm welcome to our TUNISIA !