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Country's name
Belgium
Belgium.jpg Belgium symbol.jpg
Location EU location BEL.jpg
Participating cities (LC's) Anwerpen

Gent

Leuven

Brussel

Languages Dutch (in Brussels and Flanders)

French (in Brussels and Wallonia)

German (in a minority of Belgium, not for exchange)

Currency (how much is a Bigmac?) Euro

BigMac costs ? euro

Time zone Central Europe Time (GMT+1)
Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people 2,92 doctors per 1000 people (2009)

6,55 beds per 1000 people(2010)

Member of IFMSA since... Candidate since 2011
Number of incoming students per year 0
Who are our NEO's Kelly Maertens
Our official website / Forum / Facebook group BeMSA website

BeMSA Facebook

Come for exchange!
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Welcome Note

Hello and welcome to Belgium! Below you can find some general information about our country. We are just starting up our SCOPE program (2012). For any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Have a beer and enjoy our SCOPE wiki page!

Belgium Beer.jpg

Overview

Belgium is a small country located in the north of Europe. It counts a bit more than 11 million inhabitants. The biggest city is Brussels, located in the center of the country. This is the capital of Belgium as well as the capital of the European Union.

Belgium is a kingdom with King Filip as its current king. Most of the Belgians are catholic (58%). Belgium has 3 official languages: Dutch (about 60% of the people), French (about 40% of the people) and German (less than 1% of the people). The difference in languages has created some distance between the people from Flanders and Wallonia in the past, and that’s why until this day tension can occur between the two groups of people.

As we are just recently started to build up our NMO and our SCOPE program.


Our health care system

The Belgian health care is considered as one of the best health care systems of Europe.

As in most countries, the system is divided into state and private. Belgian citizens can visit any healthcare establishment they wish, although referrals from private or practice-linked GPs are increasingly being used. For most people language plays a big part in choices.

Healthcare insurance is a part of the Belgian social security system. This means that citizens must join a health insurance fund (‘mutuelle’ or ‘ziekenfonds). Belgium is known for being one of the few countries where euthanasia is legalized.


The hospitals

These are the hospitals will most likely be involved in the SCOPE program in the future:

Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen (http://www.uza.be/)

Universitair Ziekenhuis Gent (http://www.uzgent.be/)

Universitair Ziekenhuis Leuven (http://www.uzleuven.be/)


Our medical education

The medical education system in Flanders has recently changed; instead of 7 years it has now been shortened to 6 years. The first three years are the bachelor, the last 3 (or 4 for the old system) are the master years. The internships start in the master years, the exact time is different for each university.

Students have to pass an exam before applying to one of the Flemish medical schools.

The system in Wallonia is different.


Cultural differences

The Belgians are known for being very kind and friendly people. Belgium is a multicultural country, especially the big cities (Antwerp, Brussels) have a very diverse population.

Gastronomy

A lot of people think that Belgium beer is the best. Especially the Trappist monks beers are very famous. So if you come to our country you should definitely try some different beers!

Some local gastronomical specialties are ‘french’ fries, carbonade, speculaas, Belgian waffles and of course our chocolate (pralines).

Belgian Waffle.jpegBelgian Chocolate.jpg

Accommodation & Boarding

Mostly accomodation will be in student housing, either a dorm or a flat. Most of the boarding will be with pocket money in the hospital.


Social program

There will be a national social program but it is still developing. There will also be acivities locally. Social program is at own costs.


Local & National transportation

In Belgium you can easily travel by bus, train and in some cities by metro and tram. These are some handy websites concerning travel:

www.b-rail.be (national website for public transport)

www.mivb.be (metro, tram and bus in Brussels)

www.delijn.be (bus in Flanders)


Weather

Belgium has a moderate maritime climate, because the western border of the country is located at the North Sea.

The summers are not very warm, with an average temperature of 22 °C. The winters usually don’t get very cold, the average winter temperature is around 5 °C.

Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year. Snowfalls are also possible during winter times.


Social life

In Belgium people meet at different places. Most students will go out to a bar or party, do sports together, ...


Cities offered for exchange

The following cities will be offered for exchange.

Antwerpen

Leuven

Gent

Brussel