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Host country:
Host institution:
Mobility type:
Ac. year:
Study level:
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Universitäre Psychiatrische Dienste

Switzerland 2020/2021 Freemovers

Personal data
Mobility type:

Faculty at MU:
Faculty of Medicine

Field of study:
General Medicine

Level of study during period of placement:

Language used:

Summer/winter school?:

Period of studies:
spring 2021

Period of placement (from-to):
2021-08-02 - 2021-08-29

Number of months:

Activities before my departure abroad
What was your approach in organising the placement?:
Contacting the personal / study department of the institution, asking half year in advance about the possibility of a placement at the clinic.

What documents are required for acceptance on a placement at this organisation?:
Confirmation of studies, letter of motivation, CV, German language proficiency certificate, health insurance

How far ahead did acceptance have to be organised? (in weeks):
24 week

Did you need a visa?:

Documents and materials needed for a visa:

Fee for the visa:

During the placement
Did you change the training agreement in the course of your placement (training agreement)?:

What is necessary to arrange immediately on arrival? What requirements and at which offices?:
none special requirements

Describe your work/activity in the foreign organisation. Describe what specifically you did, whether the work corresponded to the agreed conditions and your field of study, and whether your work was independent and responsible, approximate working hours.:
admitting the patients, interviewing the patients, taking history, medication ordering, assisting the medical doctors. working hours 8-8.5

Did the organisation or local student organisations arrange any special events for foreign students on placements?:

If yes then what?:

Practical questions on your placement
Where did you live?:
on the clinic grounds in the accomodation offered by the clinic

Cost of accommodation - monthly:
350 EUR

Additional comments to the price of accommodation (as to what the price includes):

Who arranged your accommodation and how far ahead:
via the HR office during the arrangement of the stay

Equipment, internet connection, what to bring:
everything necessary was provided

What are the rough costs of groceries (compare with Czech prices):
2.5 times more expensive as in Czech Republic

Transport to location of placement:
by train

Approximate price:

Tips for purchasing cheap tickets and other recommendations:
purchase well in advance

What are the local transport options (public transport, cycling, on foot, rough prices):
possibility for renting a bike for 1 CHF per 30 min

How did you use health insurance? What type?:
health insurance provided by MU

Did you have other insurance? Which?:
accident insurance provided by the clinic

Experience with insured events:

Tips for recreation:
Aare River, Alps (approx. 60 min by train), Zurich, Bern, Basel, Luzern - all nice historical and cultural cities

Financial support and expenses
Monthly grant from the Centre for International Cooperation:
15000 CZK

What other sources did you make use of to finance your placement?:
personal resources, pay from the clinic

What was your average monthly expenditure during the placement (i.e. without the travel there and back)?:
800 CHF

a/ of which for accommodation:
300 CHF

b/ of which for catering:
200 CHF

c/ travel and recreation:
300 CHF

Any comments to the average monthly expenditure:

Experience with bank accounts/services. Do you recommend an account arranged abroad, use of Czech payment cards...:
Revolut is a must when travelling abroad anywhere.

Did you pay to foreign organisations any fees? (insurance, materials, etc.):

Did you receive a salary from the host business/organisation?:

If yes, what was your monthly salary?:
0 ???

Other advantages from the host organisation?:
discount on lunch, free food in weekend shifts, possibility for attending pre- and post-gradual education

Is it necessary to assume a larger amount at the start of the placement? If yes, what and for what purpose?:
yes, 200 - 300 EUR for the cost of travel

Recognition of the foreign placement at the home faculty
Is the traineeship part of your field of study?:

If yes - is it a compulsory or optional part?:

How will your traineeship abroad be recognised at the home faculty?:
ECTS credits

How many ECTS credits did you/will you get?:

Were there serious problems arranging recognition of the placement?:

Overall assessment
Assessment of personal benefit (1 = excellent):

Assessment of academic benefit (1 = excellent):

Do you agree with the statement that, thanks to the experience gained during the placement you will be able to further develop your skills for work in your field?:
yes, definitely

What did you most appreciate after completing your placement?:
experience with work in psychiatry and in Switzerland

Any serious problems during the placement?:

Do you have any recommendation for those that follow you? (e.g. what to take with them):
courage to get out of the country and experience something new!