|Participating cities (LC's)|| Anwerpen
Brussel (next year)
|Languages|| Dutch (in Brussels and Flanders)
French (in Brussels and Wallonia, not for exchange)
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|
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 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 Albert II 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. For the moment we don’t offer any exchanges yet.
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.
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/)
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.
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.
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).
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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)
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 frequent.
In Belgium people meet at different places. Most students will go out to a bar or party, do sports together, ...
Starting next year, the following cities will most likely be offered for exchange.