WELCOME TO LONDRINA - PR
The IFLMS-UEL committee is glad to receive you in our city and we hope you enjoy being here! This booklet was written to help you make the most of your exchange program at our university. It covers general information on money, food, transportation, personal safety, tips and contacts to help you out and enjoy your staying!
About the city
Londrina is almost 80 years old. It was born with the plantation of coffee which brought to the city the richness and technologies. Nowadays, it is the third biggest city of the south of Brazil. Here live a little over 500.000 inhabitants which are Japanese, Portuguese, Italian and Germany immigrants and their descendents.
The city’s climate is humid subtropical: rain throughout the year, especially in summer and the medium temperature is 21ºC but can reach 36ºC. In winter it rarely falls to 8ºC. Its ground is rich for the farming one, being known as “terra roxa”. Its main products are soy, maize, wheat, coffee, cotton, among others. It still has great bovine flocks. Here you’ll find good places for tourism and walk, as shopping centers (malls), theaters, museums, discos, gyms, pubs, bars, restaurants and our lake, Lago Igapó, where people go for running, drinking Coconut Water, waving a great view and a good time!
THE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Our University is one of the most important in Brazil. Medicine takes place at the campus with the Clinical Hospital (HC) and at the University Hospital and Maternity (HU), both are teaching-hospitals. Our University Hospital is the most important in the area (it attends about 250 cities around Londrina) and receives about 20.000 people every month. The Clinical Hospital provides clinical care, and many patients came for accompanying. To check the campus map (Portuguese): http://www.uel.br/proplan/mapa-uel/
The Clerkship/Research Exchange You will be assisted by the professor responsible for the department in which you have been placed. The student should bring a stethoscope and a white coat. Don’t forget your student card (International)! Don’t forget your happiness and your wishes too, because you’ll be in Londrina and have one of the best times of your life!!!
Social ProgramOur Committee organizes all year social programs which includes sightseeing, eating at typical places, walking by the lake, parties, concerts, shows, sporting. But we can also do particular things, if the students wants to. Everything to have a really good time!
It’s very easy to arrive in Londrina. First you get to Brazil by São Paulo. From São Paulo’s International Airport (located in the city of Guarulhos) to here you can chose one of these two options: by airplane, which is not too expansive if you include it with your international passage (it’s an one hour trip), or by bus, which takes approximately 8 hours to Londrina.
If you chose the bus, first of all you will have to get to the Barra Funda Bus Station, in São Paulo. From São Paulo’s International Airport (“Cumbica”) you have three choices: the first one, is to go directly to Barra Funda by a special bus; the second, uses an urban bus and the subway; the hird choice is by cab.
If you chose:
We have a lot of points to you change your money, but as all places, in Brazil you must have reais when you come because we don’t accept euros or dollars here. Some banks in city: HSBC, BRADESCO, BANCO DO BRASIL, ITAÚ, REAL. Also we have several points to withdrawal by VISA, MASTERCARD or others credit card brand. You have remind that here banks open at 10 am and close at 16 pm.
The Local Committee will help you with this but most of the times it has to be done by bus, which is not a problem.
The students will have all the meals for free at the hospital (sometimes, the breakfast will be given at the students home). Therefore we guarantee at least one meal per day. The accommodation is offered by a local student, who may lives with his family, with other students or by himself. The person who does the accommodation is a volunteer and doesn’t receive any payment. He has only the obligation to be your host.
To make a call from any city in Brazil to Londrina, you must dial 0 21 43 + the phone number. To call abroad from Brazil you must dial 00 21 + country code + area code + the phone number.
THE LOCAL COMMITTEE
The International Federation of Londrina Medical Students was born here, in 1991. For some time we weren’t in activity, but at the last few years the Local Committee has grown (up to 16 officers)and now we are working in different projects in Professional Exchange, Reproductive Health and AIDS, Public Health and Human Rights and Peace.