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Federation of Israeli Medical Students (FIMS)
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Location 250px-LocationIsrael svg.png
Participating cities (LC's) Tel-Aviv





Languages Hebrew, Arabic, English
Currency (how much is a Bigmac?) Shekel. Big Mac= 16.5 Shekel (4.7$/3.3€)
Time zone GMT+2
Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people 3.49
Member of IFMSA since... 1965
Number of incoming students per year 150
Who are our NEO's Bar Davidov - Outgoing, Nitsan Landau - Incoming
Our official website
Come for exchange!

Welcome Note

Shalom from Israel!

We invite you to have a look into the exciting world of medical students exchange in Israel! A truly unique experience of a lifetime - we offer you a time you will never forget.

The ancient city of Jerusalem, the dead sea (the lowest place on earth and one of the top nominations for the new 7 world wonders), the fascinating nightlife of Tel Aviv and much more awaits in sunny Israel, you just have to come and experience the fun.

We hope to see you in Israel soon, for an experience you will cherish forever!

Israel map. Cities available for exchange marked in red


Israel is located in the Middle East on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, a region that is geographically and climatically diverse. There are snow-capped mountains in the north alongside dry wildernesses in the south, and desolate areas alongside modern lively cities.

Israel’s ethnic and religious diversity is rich and fascinating, and it has numerous cultural institutions and entertainment centers. Thanks to its rich history and sanctity for the three monotheistic religions, it has many ancient and holy sites.

From Haifa in the North to Eilat in the south, we offer you the experience of a life time - working in a highly advance health care environment, a great social program and most importantly the opportunity to enjoy Israel's many beautiful sites and warm people.

market in Jerusalem

Visiting Israel is truly a unique experience - from holy sites to amazing nightlife, from ancient history to a highly advanced health care system, you are truly in for an extraordinary experience when coming to exchange in Israel!

Our health care system

Israel's high standard of health services, top-quality medical technology and research, modern hospital facilities and an impressive ratio of physicians to population all contribute to the country's high standard of health today, and to it's reputation as on of the most advanced Health care systems in the world - notable for its many achievements in medical research and universal public accessibility.

The Ministry of Health is responsible for the development of health policy, operation of the nation's public health services and management of the governmental health care budget. The government also owns and operates many of the nation's larger hospitals.

Almost everyone in the health care field – from pharmacists to physicians to nurses – understands and speaks good English.

The hospitals

Hadassa Ein Karem Hospital, Jerusalem

The are around 60 medical centers and hospitals in Israel. You will get the chance to experience one of the 10 top and most advanced hospitals throughout the country that cooperate with the exchange program. To find out more about specific hospitals please see our cities pages..

When you reach Israel please see the following for Departments and Accommodation in your hospital media:contacts.jpg

For info on how to reach the hospital from the airport, check out our website

Our medical education

The Medical education program in Israel is composed of several stages: 3 years of premed and preclinical studies, 3 years of Clinical studies, and one practical year. It is also optional for students with top grades to receive a combined "MD-PHD" scholarship right after the preclinical years, and to go back to their clinical studies upon finishing their PHD.

Cultural differences

Modern Israel is composed of a vast variety of cultures, as people came here from Europe, America, Russia, the Middle East, Far East and Africa. So you can be quite ensured that you can feel here at home too! Israelies are hospitable, usually informal and direct. Israeli "chutzpa" is something you might encounter, it is the characteristic of over-stepping the boundaries of accepted behavior with little or no shame. In no time you will get used to and love the Mediterranean warmness of all Israelis, and all differences can after all be bridged!

Accommodation & Boarding

Most of you will stay in a student dormitory or at our Hospital's dormitories inside the hospital or a short bus-ride away. Usually sharing a room with another student. Some accommodations offer a small joint kitchen, and lunch is provided at a subsidized price in the hospitals.

In 2014-2015 some accommodation with a hosting Israeli medical student will be available. If you want to be accommodated in a hosting student's apartment please fill out this form, and we will do our best. Please only fill it AFTER your application form has been submitted in the website.

For more specific information check our exchange conditions.

Unilateral fee is 320 euros.

Social program

During the summer months, July and August, we offer an incredibly fun and extensive social program which consists of an opening event at Tel Aviv University, two weekend trips to the South and North of Israel, a day trip to Jerusalem, an international party event in Tel Aviv and a farewell event on the beach. This social program is why we recommend choosing July or August as the months of your exchange. The social program is a great way of seeing Israel and partying with the other amazing exchange students in Israel!

Registering for the social program is possible in the opening event or by email if you can't make it to the opening event. The most updated info is available on our website. For an example of a social program offered in July & August please see Social Program Example


Local & National transportation

Israel has an extensive public transportation system ensuring you can get from anywhere to everywhere if you do not mind taking a bus. In getting around Israel, be aware of the Sabbath: from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown, train and bus services are not available (except in Haifa and Eilat, and limited shared taxis). Students usually get 10% discounts at buses and trains with a valid student ID on intercities routes

  • Buses are the most common form of public transportation for Israelis and travelers alike. They are cheap, fast and reliable. The extensive national bus system is run by a public corporation called Egged. Additionally, a bus company called Dan operates solely in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. Press the following link to see How to get a 20% discount on the bus. In this website you can enter your departure & destination point and see how to get there by bus.
  • Sherut - Faster than normal buses are minivans, known as monit sherut or "service taxi", that generally follow major bus routes but can be hailed from anywhere. Their operations hours may be longer - and maybe most importantly, in many cases the sherut runs 7 days a week, including on Shabbat.
  • Taxis are very common in Israel, but are more expensive than other modes of transportation.
  • Train - Israel Railways currently runs intercity lines from Nahariya to Beer Sheva via Haifa, Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion airport, and suburban lines radiating from Tel Aviv to Binyamina, Ashkelon, Kfar Sava, Rishon LeZion, Modiin and Bet Shemesh. Tel Aviv has 4 train stations, and Haifa has as many as 6, providing easy access to many parts of those cities. Trains operate only from Saturday evenings to Friday at noon.
  • Renting a car - International driver permits, as well as licenses from certain countries are accepted. Most major international car rental companies; Hertz, Avis, Budget and Sixt, as well as many Israeli ones including, Eldan, Traffic and Tamir, offer car rental services, which can be used if you want a car for a few days. If you want to rent a car for the weekend these two companies offer competitive price: Avital. prices are around 200-250 shekels for the weekend for the first 200 km and than 1 shekel for each kilometer, it might be possible to pay 100 shekel extra for unlimited. another company you should check out is: Calauto


The northern and coastal regions of Israel show Mediterranean climate characterized by hot and dry summers and cool winters with some rain. Whereas the southern and eastern areas of Israel are characterized by an arid climate.

The rainy season starts from October but usually only peaks in December through February. Rainfall varies considerably by regions from the North to the South where rainfall is negligible.

In all major cities climate is nice all year round, and sunny days are common even in the winter. If you are coming in the summer months (June-September) make sure you bring many short clothing and of course a few bathing suits! The city of Eilat, located at the southernmost point of Israel and at the northern tip of Red Sea, has good climate for beach holidays all year round.

Tel Aviv's coast

When Should I come?

We really recommend you to come to Israel July & August, as these are the only months we offer a great social program (see above), and that is usually when more then 80% of our exchange students come. September is also a popular month (10% of the students).

However, we know that not everyone can come in the summer and we offer spots the rest of the year too, for specific dates please check our exchange conditions. Dates not mentioned specifically will only be approved by your own country's National Exchange Officer contacting us.

We recommend you to take into account that coming in months other than July & August means that you will be very independent as there is no extra program other than the hospital practice. However discovering Israel by yourself or with other exchange students is quite safe and fun.

What's going on in Israel?

For up to date info check out our cities sites down below, and this (commercial) website and Time-Out Israel Magazine


Please notice check In & Out of the dorms is Sun -Thu 9AM-12 PM (noon), and only during Exchange Period stated in your Card of Acceptance. The offices are closed Friday & Saturday. No exceptions!   If you do not arrive or leave within the check-in/out hours/dates, please see the following link of hostels, some offer a discount for students in our program.


Sunset at Jaffa

Some Nationalities require a visa to enter Israel. Some will receive a visa in the airport upon arrival and some need to acquire a visa in advance. It is your own responsibility to arrive with a all the required documents needed to enter Israel. We recommend entering the website of your own foreign ministry to check what you require. Additional information can be found at the Israeli tourism of ministry website

Exchange conditions

Please check our exchange conditions for the full information. In general Please remember you MUST bring with you to the hospital the following papers, without which you are risking the automatic cancellation of your exchange:

PERSONAL Health and Accident Insurance including hospitalization valid for Israel.
Hebrew or English original documents of valid immunization status for the above immunizations: MMR (mumps, measles, rubella), polio, hepatitis B virus (HBV), tetanus-diphtheria and skin test with PPD (tuberculosis) or IFN-Gamma Test for tuberculosis..

We only accept students for a full calendar month (1st day to last day of a specific month).

We accept clinical students. Pre-clinical students are accepted on a mutual basis (only if your country accepts pre-clinical students as well). The clerkship is clinical, and held only at departments affiliated with a university.

Couples - We will place couples in the same Local Committee. We will do our best to put you in the same hospital & dorms however we do not guarantee it. Please do not sign up in groups of 3.

Please contact us if you find something unclear in the full exchange conditions.


Any suggestion or tips? please mail us!

To download our exchange's program power-point presentation press here

External Links

Cities offered for exchange