Electives for Overseas Medical Students

Students on a clinical rotation

The Sackler Faculty of Medicine at the Tel Aviv University (TAU) is Israel's largest institute of medical education and offers a wide variety of degree programs.


TAU's Elective Program


  • Established in 1986, hosts an average of 120 overseas medical students each year.  
  • Is solely responsible for the registration & approval of rotation placements for overseas MD students at the accredited hospital departments and primary care teaching facilities affiliated with the Tel Aviv University in Israel. All of which have equal high level of professional education & instruction. 
  • In light of the coronavirus worldwide eventsCurrently we are unable to accept overseas citizens. But it is possible to submit an online Application; and as soon as it will be possible to accept overseas citizens: we will inform each applicant who submitted an application form on our Administrative panel how to proceed for acceptance.                                                                     


Activity during Electives 

  • Participants take part in routine departmental clinical activities, participate in Bedside supervised rounds instructions, and attend seminars and conferences.                 
  • Due to hospital restrictions, practical hands-on training is limited.  
  • Department work is carried out in Hebrew. Patient files and reports are in Hebrew.  Lab reports are generally in English.  Hospital and clinic staff is assisting students with non-Hebrew-speaking patients whenever possible. 

Participants' official status is that of non-matriculated Tel Aviv University students, with the accompanying rights, duties and responsibilities equivalent to the medical students of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine on their elective rotations.


Applicants must:

·       Be fully-matriculated M.D. students throughout the duration of the Electives Program.

·       Have completed their official clinical studies at their home university in the requested discipline area/s.

·       Have a comprehensive understanding of spoken & written Hebrew or English.


Additional Notes:                                                                                                           

Detailed syllabus descriptions for electives; Theoretical lectures; Clinical Research; Exams; are not part of this program.

  •  We are not informed by the departments who will be supervising program’s participants.
  • TAU's Elective Program, cannot sign on agreements with applicants' home schools.
  • Any question / inquiry: before, during, after an Elective rotation should be directed through the TAU’s Electives Program office only.
  • Placement process is done: In full accordance with our guidelines according to department/s type preferences at hospital departments and primary care clinics affiliated with TAU, all of which have equal high level of professional education and instruction.  As much as possible: not too far from housing area stated in application form. 
  • Program's administration is regularly active & Online for any assistance you may need:
    • Email correspondence.                                                                                                    
    • Following, handling, submitted applications (please before submitting your application read all: https://en-med.tau.ac.il/Application-Process) in the order they were filled and do our best to arrange placements ASAP.

You are kindly invited to submit application/s no more than 6 months in advance to an Elective. 


In light of the coronavirus worldwide events: it is required to continue to check our updates: https://en-med.tau.ac.il/elective_program


TAU’s Electives Program Participants must present hospital’s /Clinic's elective coordinator an evidence of the date entering Israel that cannot be less than 16 days before an Elective period; and should comply with the guidelines for International travelers issued by the Ministry of Health (which evolve rapidly): https://govextra.gov.il/ministry-of-health/corona/corona-virus-en/  


We do urge you to purchase cancelable and refundable travel arrangements. 


Contact Information


Electives Program

Sackler Faculty of Medicine

Tel Aviv University

6997801 Tel Aviv










Office location: 

School of Medicine, room 101

Office hours:

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10:00-14:00



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