Exchange Conditions of IFMSA-Sweden

Working Conditions
Not Required
Languages Remarks
Students must be able to communicate properly in english.
Clerkship Type
- Clinical Clerkship
A clinical clerkship is defined as the rotation of a student in a clinical department of a hospital or clinic, such as Dermatology and Pediatrics.
Required level of studies

Students on the clinical semsters only. 

Pre-clinical students are not allowed.

Graduated students allowed

Even if accepted by the hosting country, students must be still enrolled in university by the time the Application Form is sent.
Clerkship Duration
4 weeks, 8 hours a day, 5 days per week
Dress code
What to Bring
- Stethoscope
Academic Quality
We pride ourselves with offering exchanges of high academic quality. Sweden is known to have one of the most modern and available health care systems in the world. It is largely tax funded and ensures everyone has equal access to healthcare services. Exchange students get to experience our medical resources in the same way Swedish medical students do; by clerking patients, performing clinical examinations, observing or assisting in surgery or other procedures and discussing cases during the rounds. Our system is not very hierachical and exchange students will often be treated as an integrated member of the team. Having coffee or lunch with the senior doctors or professors is not uncommon.

IFMSA-Sweden also offer UAT. Lectures, clinical skills workshops or other Educational Activities are povided depending on availability at the time and at the LC.
Special Remarks
Students are required to attend atleast at 80% of the clerkship, which is 16 days. Otherwise certificate will not be granted.

English at a level of Cambridge's First Certificate of English (FCE) or B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (or Swedish at a corresponding level) is A MUST. Other English certificates may be accepted but must be cleared with NEO-in of IFMSA Sweden via your national exchange officer before AF is submitted. In case of doubt, we can in some cases conduct short Skype-interviews with students in order to evaluate their English proficiency before accepting them for our exchanges. We reserve the right to cancel the exchange for students who do not manage to communicate properly with their supervisor.

Before arrival in Sweden, all students must be tested negative for MRSA in both a nose-swab and a throat-swab no longer than 4 weeks prior to arrival. Proof of this, an upon arrival document, must be shown to the the LEO before the start of the exchange. Students will NOT be able to practice in a Swedish hospital if colonized with MRSA.
Some LCs like Linköping and Lund will also require students to undertake an MRSA and TB test upon arrival. These tests are mandatory which means students will not be able to start their clinical practice before they have been taken. In Linköping, the tests are taken on the first day of the exchange which is absolutely mandatory to attend. If the student is not present the first day, the exchange might be cancelled. The tests are free of charge but if it is proven that the student is MRSA positive the medical treatment will be at the student's own expense and according to the rules of the local hospital.

Students are provided with scrubs at the hospitals. These should be changed daily and are not to be taken home. White coats (optional) might also be provided at some hosptitals, but please note that due to hygiene reasons they are NOT allowed in direct patient care.
Please bring indoor shoes for the clerkship. 

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Cities Remarks
At least three different cities must be selected in the AF. Although we try our best to accommodate for student's wishes, due to the complicated and long process of aquiring tutors and spots for our incomings, we can not choose departments, therefore students are NOT guaranteed an internship in their desired city or department.
Calendar Remarks

Period 1 (July 05 – July 31)
All cities

Period 2 (August 02 – August 28) 
All cities

We are only able to receive exchange students in July and a very few in August. This is due to Sweden being a small country with few university hospitals, and an increased number of medical students the past few years, hence all our tutors are busy tutoring our ordinary students the rest of the year. We will only have month specific contracts season 21/22, which means it has already been decided which month is available in your NMO (about 95% will be July). Please check with your LEO/NEO to see which period you are allowed to select.

It is not possible to do clerkships in Sweden other than the dates stated above! Exceptions of a day or two can sometimes be made, but this depends on tutors and logistics, so always ask the recieving LEO if it is OK, once you have recieved your Card of Acceptance.

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Disciplines Remarks
  • No pre-clinical students are allowed.
  • No graduated students are allowed once they recieved their license.
  • Failing to comply with the rules of the NEO, LEOs and/or hospital/tutors might result in suspension from the exchange. Please respect the rules and assigned tasks, which includes arriving in time to the department. Change of department upon arrival is not allowed. Any reported misconduct might lead to a suspension.

If you are applying for a Public Health Exchange, please check the Public Health Exchange Internship Database with our internship proposals: CLICK HERE.
Pocket money
- Hospital
- Student flat
- Dormitory
Social Program
A social program will be set up by the LEOs for the duration of your stay. Every student pay for the activities they wish to participate in. A National Social Program weekend trip is organized for all incoming students in July. 
Student with disabilities
Link to ExPlore Page
Special Remarks
Application Form
Unilateral fee
3500 SEK
Payment details for unilateral fee
Through bank transfer, paypal or according to agreement with NEO-in of IFMSA-Sweden. Please contact us via your NEO-out to find a solution that best fits your country.
Visa requirements
If you need a Visa, please contact our embassy. Student or tourist Visa can be issued. We can provide Invitation letters and other documents if required. 
  • Please apply for your VISA to Sweden as early as possible. Early invitation letters can be provided. If you are applying for a VISA to Sweden you must via your local/national exchange officer present the  swedish NEO-in a decision from the embassy 4 weeks prior to the start of the exchange (same time as the Card of Confirmation deadline) at latest. Your exchange might be cancelled if you fail to confirm your VISA status (whether it’s issued or denied) before that.
  • If you need any additional documents from the hospital/department when applying for your VISA, please let us know via your local/national exchange officer well in advance. Note that it might not always be possible to get an official stamp from our hospitals, since stamps are not commonly used in hospitals in Sweden.
  • Please note that in most LC's it is not possible to get any additional documents from the University/faculty.
  • If you are a Syrian or Iraqi national, there is unfortunately a considerable risk that your VISA will be rejected. Please read the VISA requirements of your embassy very carefully and make sure to provide them with all the required documents and information. We will do our best to help the process, but our resources are limited.


Link to the 'Sweden Abroad' section of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where you can find the contact information of and latest news from Swedish embassies etc:
Link to Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website (or any other website that provides official information on visa)
Special Remarks

Late applications will not be accepted as we need a lot of time to secure clinical placements in Sweden and will not be able to make exceptions.

All LCs requires attendance on the first day of both periods. No exceptions can be made. If you know you will not be able to attend the first day in any LC, please let your contact person know. 

Card Of Documents
Standard documents
- Health Insurance
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 1(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
- Card of Document
- Passport copy(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
- Card of Document
- Photo(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
- Card of Document
- Proof of Enrollment(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
- Card of Document
- Language certificate(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
- Card of Document
Special documents
Upon Arrival documents
- MRSA Test
- Paper
- Vaccination Card
- Paper
The standard documents are the basic documents that the students are asking for and the special documents are less important, as only some Local Committees ask for them. So it's mandatory to upload the standard documents, but not the special ones. (Students do it when asked for by the LEO/NEO.)
The upon arrival documents are hard copies documents that the students are requested to take with them in the host country.”
Immunization requirements
Full immunization aginst pertussis, rubella, mumps, and measles are required. Please bring a hard copy of your immunization proof with you.

A regular health and liability insurance which covers the students travel to a foreign country is required. The insurance should be issued by an insurance company in the students country of origin. It cannot be bought nor issued in Sweden upon arrival.

We do not require a medical liability insurance from the student. Nevertheless the student is not covered by any hospital insurance and may not practice medicine without supervision.

4 Weeks

Special remarks

Card of Acceptance
8 Weeks
Special remarks
Due to summer holidays the avaliability of tutors at the different departments varies a lot, therefore we can not guarantee that we will get any particular department. (During the rest of the year all the tutors are busy teaching the regular students.)
  • Your assigned department might change even after receiving your Card of Acceptance (CA). In that case the NEO or LEO will contact you and inform you about the change.
  • You are not guaranteed an internship in your desired period, city or department. If your university requires you to do the clerkship at a certain department, please don't apply to Sweden before making sure of the availability of that department. Availability varies from year to year so we advise you to not assume that you will be placed in one of your desired departments.
  • The accommodation in all LCs will be provided at least 1-2 days prior to the exchange start. Students are expected to arrive before the start date provided in the CA. For example if your exchange starts the second of July, you are expected to arrive the first of July at latest.
Card of Confirmation
4 Weeks
Special remarks
  • Your exchange might be cancelled if you do not send in your Card of Confirmation (CC) before the deadline, which is 4 weeks prior to the start of your internship. If you are having trouble with the database then please let us know via your local/national exchange officer.
8 Weeks
Special remarks
Varies depending on LC and case, contact NEO-in of IFMSA-Sweden via your local/national exchange officer.
8 Weeks
Special remarks
Varies depending on LC and case, contact NEO-in of IFMSA-Sweden via your local/national exchange officer.
Additional Information
Update Date
07/15/2020 14:00
Validation Date
07/15/2019 00:00
Special remarks