Program Details

‘Migration and health’ are two wide-ranging concepts that are intertwined in many ways. During the lectures we will focus on people, organisms and objects that can cross borders and thus affect health. Futhermore, structures of health care, influencing th
Location:
Gent, Belgium
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
The Ghent Summer School team is proud to present the 6th edition of Summer School “Health & Migration”. Summer School is a project organized by medicine students at Ghent University, in cooperation with the university itself. Each summer, we welcome students from all over the world to the beautiful city of Ghent, Belgium. We organize a 10-day educational program on the topic of ‘Health & Migration’, along with various social and cultural activities. Our goal is to provide an unforgettable experience by broadening your view on the subject of ‘Health & Migration’ as well as to introduce you to the finest Belgium has to offer. The mix of nationalities of the participants guarantees an interesting multicultural setting, resulting in long-lasting friendships. Interested? You can apply by visiting our website and filling out the application forms on the applications page. We have limited the necessary evil of paperwork to a minimum. Please bear in mind that places are limited, so apply sooner rather than later and nothing will keep you from enjoying your stay in vibrant Ghent! If you have any questions, feel free to contact info@summerschoolghent.com. See you soon!

‘Migration and health’ are two wide-ranging concepts that are intertwined in many ways. During the lectures we will focus on people, organisms and objects that can cross borders and thus affect health. Futhermore, structures of health care, influencing these movements will be elucidated. This encompasses the migration of people, either forced or by choice, with topics as: health in refugee camps, legal status of displaced people, pathology, migration and mental health, the brain drain and brain gain, medical tourism and many more. Along with people, micro-organisms cross borders, giving rise to pandemics or being used in biological warfare. All these topics pose serious challenges to human health. Furthermore we will discuss the transport of organs, pharmaceuticals and other consumer goods on the global trading market that affect health. Through lectures and interactive workshops we will look at possible solutions on how to deal with the challenges posed by migration. In addition, we will address the underlying social, economic, cultural, structural and environmental determinants of migration and health. Specifically war and conflict will be discussed, as well as the challenges posed by climate change. In discussing the determinants of migration, special attention will be given to the health of vulnerable groups such as women and children. The different topics will be grouped in thematic days. We try our best to make every session as interactive as possible.

Ghent University does not award credits to the participants of the Summer School. However, your own university might do so. Consult with your own institution for more information on this matter. Also, you get a ‘certificate of completion’, which proves you fully attended the Summer School. This certificate is signed by the rector of Ghent University, the dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and the president of the Summer School. It might help you obtain credits from your university.
Setting Description:
You will be able to attend interesting lectures taught by renowned doctors and professors connected to Ghent University as well as other international institutions. Next, you can enjoy the mesmerizing green of our parks and have your breath taken away by our monumental cathedrals, churches and medieval dungeons. Discuss the day’s lectures to the tunes of local musicians and invigorate body and soul with our peerless variety of beer and exquisite Belgian cuisine. Education and pleasure have rarely -if ever- marched this closely in step.
Cost:
435 EUR. Included in the price are: educational and pre-organized social activities, accommodation, meals (drinks not included).

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