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, 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 equal high level of professional education and instruction.  


TAU's Elective Program invites you and your colleagues to join us, by submitting an Elective Application on our administrative web panel. According toProgram's guideline information which is updated from time to time, including the entire detailed application process.


Activity during Electives 


Participants take part in routine departmental clinical activities, participate in bedside supervised rounds instructions, 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, Exams, are not a part of 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. 


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 a comprehensive understanding of spoken and written Hebrew or English.


Additional Notes:


  • Each Application is for up to 8 weeks' elective duration. (No minimum weeks).
  • We are not informed in advance by the departments about who will be supervising the Program students.
  • 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.


In light of the recent worldwide events:

It is required to continue to check for our updates.

  • We are currently unable to accept overseas citizens.
  • Program's administration is regularly active and online for email correspondence.
  • Following, handling, submitted applications in the order they were filled and do our best to arrange placements ASAP.
  • Applicants are informed on further process as soon as it is possible to proceed with acceptance to the 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):


  • 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

Opening hours:

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



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