Electives for Overseas Medical Students

Students on a clinical rotation

Updated July 2021


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 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 an equally high level of professional education and instruction.  


We welcome you and your colleagues to take part in the program by submitting an Elective Application on our administrative web panel, between 4-6 months in advance to an elective period. 


It is always required to continue to check for our updates: https://en-med.tau.ac.il/elective_program


TAU's Elective Program, cannot sign on agreements with applicants' home schools.


Any question / inquiry / before, during or after an elective rotation should be directed through the TAU’s Electives Program office only.


Activity during Electives 


Participants take part in routine departmental clinical activities, participate in bedside supervised rounds, 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, clinical research and exams, are not a part of this program. 


Department work is carried out in Hebrew. Patient files & reports are in Hebrew.  Lab reports are generally in English.  Hospital and clinic staff assist students with non-Hebrew-speaking patients whenever possible. 




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.   


Placement process:


According to department/s type preferences at hospital departments and primary care clinics affiliated with TAU, all of which have an equally high level of professional education and instruction. As much as possible: not too far from housing area stated in application form.


We are not informed in advance by the departments about who will be supervising the program students.


Program's administration is regularly active, and online for:

  • Email correspondence for any assistance you may need.
  • Following, handling, submitted applications https://en-med.tau.ac.il/Application-Process  in the order they were filled and do our best to arrange placements ASAP. (please read all the process before submitting your application)


In light of the COVID events worldwide


Participants must present hospitals /clinic elective coordinator/s proof of:


We are currently unable to accept overseas citizens

Please do not send us your required signed application documents, since we will inform each student who submitted a numbered “Elective Application” form on our Administrative panel, how to proceed for acceptance for the applied period.



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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