Electives for Overseas Medical Students

Students on a clinical rotation
Students at medical schools abroad can enroll in TAU elective courses for 3+ weeks

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, offers Medical students the opportunity to explore options while developing new skills. It hosts an average of 120 overseas medical students each year. 


TAU's Electives Program is solely responsible for the registration and approval of clinical 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 and instruction. We avail electives for clinical students that did a clinical clerkship in our listed disciplines: here


TAU's Elective Program invites you and your colleagues to join us, by submitting an Elective Application on our administrative web panel


Before submitting, be sure you are acquainted with the entire Program's guideline information which is updated from time to time, including the entire detailed application process.


Activity during Electives


The 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. We do not have detailed syllabus descriptions for electives.


Theoretical lectures and clinical research are not a part of this program. 


There are no exams in this program. 


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. 


The participants' official status in this program 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 and written Hebrew or English.


Additional Notes


  • We can accept a student for 3-8 weeks at a time; and up to 24 weeks of electives in total during their M.D. studies. 
  • Placements are according to applicant department/s type preferences in any of the accredited teaching facilities affiliated with the Tel Aviv University.
  • We are not informed in advance by the departments about who will be supervising the Program students.
  • Cannot sign on agreements with applicants' home schools, nor can supervisors from the hospitals. 
  • Any question / inquiry / before, during or after an Elective rotation should be directed through the TAU’s Electives Program office only.


In light of the recent worldwide events: 

  • We are currently unable to accept overseas citizens. Please continue to check for updates.
  • 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):


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


Contact Information


Electives Program- Tel Aviv University

Sackler Faculty of Medicine

Tel Aviv University

6997801 Tel Aviv










Office location: 

School of Medicine, room 101

Opening hours:

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



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