The SCOPE exchanges work on the basis of contracts signed once a year at the IFMSA August Meeting with other medical student representatives. These contracts are either bilateral or unilateral. The IFMSA SCOPE website is available here for more information.

If you are selected and offered an exchange, the hosting NMO will organize a 4-week elective, accommodation for this period, and a meal per day (or monetary equivalent). In addition, social programs are usually offered.

You can find out more information about what the individual countries offer in the Exchange Conditions (EC) of the respective NMO. These include the cities & departments available, language requirements, course requirements, documentation needed etc. Applications that do not comply with the exchange conditions will be invalid.

Each country offers different departments and has different rules and cultures. You will be required to familiarize yourself with the application conditions of the individual countries prior to your application. You can find more information on this in our list of countries offered for Summer 2020.


application deadline

Applications for an elective in the period of June - August 2020 will open to students from UCC, UCD, TCD and NUIG in October 2019.

For more information on the application procedures, please click here.


All students applying for the exchange should have completed at least 1 semester of clinical rotations.


The official language of IFMSA is English. This means, no matter what exchange you are applying for, you will be able to communicate with your tutor in the hospital in English. For some countries, knowledge of their official language is essential for communication with patients. All information on language requirements can be found in the respective Exchange Conditions - please take note of this beforehand when submitting your application.



The application fee for SCOPE exchanges is €580.

  • Upon acceptance of offer, you will be required to pay the amount in full before we send your Application Form and Card of Documents to the hosting country.

In case of cancellation, a refund of the application fee is not possible, unless you or the SCOPE committee is able to find a replacement for your position.

Should you have any issue with paying the amount in full, please contact your LEO.