IFMSA Exchanges for Medical students


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  • Worldwide


The International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) was founded in 1951 as an organization of the medical students, for the medical students, and by the medical students. For more than 60 years, IFMSA was led and run by medical students worldwide. The Federation has not only been a dynamic platform of opportunities for the future physicians but has also served as their voice at the international level.


IFMSA runs two types of exchanges programs, professional and research exchanges, that are both endorsed by the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME), the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (WONCA), the Federation of European Neurosciences Societies (FENS) and the European Society for Emergency Medicine (EuSEM).

Each year, more than 13.000 medical students embark on a journey to explore health care delivery and health systems in different cultural and social settings. This is achieved by providing a network of locally and internationally active students that globally facilitate access to research and clinical exchange projects, which usually last four weeks. Through our programming and opportunities, we aim to develop both culturally sensitive students and skilled researchers intent on shaping the world of science in the upcoming future. Our exchanges programs are key promoter of intercultural understanding and cooperation amongst medical students and health professionals, which much needed in our globalized world as IFMSA believes.

All exchanges last for four weeks, and are handled in a bilateral basis. The students are offered a spot in the department or the research project of their choice, as well as lodging, accommodation and oftenly a social program. They are assigned a tutor during their entire exchange, that make sure that the students are actively participating and improving their skills.

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Participation in the IFMSA Research Exchange Program is open to medical students from any of our National Member Organizations. If you would like to apply for the IFMSA Research Exchange Program, you must apply through your National Member Organizations.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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