Electives for Overseas Medical Students

Students on a clinical rotation

Updated: 18/08/2022


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. It offers the opportunity to explore options while developing new skills. 


It is solely responsible for the registration and approval of rotation placements for overseas MD students at any accredited hospital departments and primary care teaching facilities affiliated with Tel Aviv University in Israel, all of which have an equally high level of professional education and instruction. We do not offer rotations in our clinical affiliated departments for pre-clinical students.  


It hosts an average of 120 overseas medical students each year. 


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. 


Clinical work is carried out in Hebrew. Patient files and reports are in Hebrew.  Lab reports are generally in English.  Hospital and clinic staff assist 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.   


TAU's Elective Program cannot sign on agreements with applicant’s home school. Any Forms from applicant’s school are subject to the Electives Program discretion. 



Registration process: is according to https://en-med.tau.ac.il/Application-Process


Please be sure you have reviewed all submission details before submitting your application.


In light of the COVID events worldwide, currently we can process acceptance procedure for Israeli residents only.

Overseas residents:

Please do not send us your required signed application documents. We will inform each overseas resident who submitted a numbered “Elective Application” form on our administrative panel, how to proceed for the respective applied period.


Placement process:


After this Electives office receives the required documents as specified https://en-med.tau.ac.il/Application-Process


Placement is only according to department type preferences at any hospital departments / 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.       


The departments do not inform us in advance, regarding who will be supervising the participants.


The program administration is regularly active and online through email correspondence for any assistance you may need. Submitted applications are handled in the order they are filled. We do our best to arrange placements as soon as possible.


When checking into the elective rotation and during the elective / housing period, participants must:


A. Meet the guidelines for international travellers issued by the Israeli Ministry of Health.

B. Present all of the following to any associate of the program:  

1. Letter of acceptance from elective office with passport / ID

2. Recent Original documents in English or Hebrew as specified https://en-med.tau.ac.il/111/Insurance-Medical-care-and-Responsibilities

3. Personal record/booklet of vaccinations.


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


Our administration is regularly active and online through Email correspondence for any assistance you may need.


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



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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