Research is essential for the development of medicine and without it, the medical field could never have reached the stage it is at now with innovative methods of diagnosis and treatments. The IFMSA Standing Committee on Research Exchange’s (SCORE’s) mission is to offer future physicians an opportunity to experience research and diversity in countries all over the world.

What exactly is the SCORE Exchange?

As part of the exchange program you can spend 4 weeks abroad working in a research project team. During this time, you will be introduced to the basic principles of medical research. You can master new methods and skills or improve already extant ones. After a day in a laboratory/ clinic and on weekends, social programs will be organised by the hosting association, where you can learn about the local culture and discover the attractions.

How can you participate in the SCORE Exchange?

Every active BOE member can compete for participation in the exchange program, who has a proof of enrolment in that academic year, an state-accredited language exam in English or in the official language of the hosting country (at least level B2). Read more about the competition process in the Exchange Terms and Conditions.

Each students can win one spot in one country in the competition at the Professional and Research Exchange Spot Distribution. The obtained spot allows you to participate in a 4 weeks long exchange in that country between 1st of April and 31st of March. You need to fill out the Application Form (AF) and upload the Cards of Document (CoD) on the IFMSA’s Exchange platform.

In case of a bilateral contract the exchange fee is 40 000 Ft, which have to be paid by the travelling student to BOE.  In case of a unilateral contract the exchange fee depends on the hosting country and have to be paid by the travelling student to the hosting NMO/LC. Read more information about the unilateral fees and participating countries in the Exchange Conditions. The hosting Local Committee provides board and lodging for 4 weeks (usually in a hostel/dormitory and one meal per day). Additional costs incurred besides the accommodation and meals (one per day), such as travel expenses, visa, insurance, social programs, vaccination etc. every traveller himself/herself pays and manages.

Find the current SCORE spots here!

Read the previous year’s experiences about SCORE and SCOPE exchanges on the HuMSCIRC Exchanges blog.

I hope the SCORE exchange has aroused your interest!

Feel free to contact me with your questions:

Piri Zsófia
Local Officer on Research Exchange (LORE)