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. 

Pre-clinical students can be allowed to some departments, but please contact our NEO-in about this.

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 very 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 top class 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. 
Special Remarks
Student are required to attend atleast at 80% of the clerkship, which is 16 days. Otherwise certificate wont 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 for IFMSA Sweden before AF is submitted. Students who do not manage to communicate properly with their supervisor risk being rejected from the clinics. In case of doubt, we reserve the right to conduct short Skype-interviews with students in order to evaluate their English proficiency before accepting them for our exchanges.

1-4 weeks before arrival in Sweden, all students must be tested negative for MRSA in both a nose-swab and a throat-swab. Proof of this must be shown to the the LEO before the start of the exchange. Students will NOT be able to practise 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) are also provided, 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. Please check with your NEO to see which period(s) you are allowed to select. 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, department or period.
Calendar Remarks

Period 1 (July 06 – July 31)
All cities

Period 2 (August 03 – August 28) 
Örebro and Uppsala

There will be fewer spots in period 2 (August 03 – August 28), so they will fill up fast. Please contact the NEO before submitting the AF for information on availability.

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.

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Disciplines Remarks
  • We prefer to host students who have started clinical practice, although this is not a requirement.
  • Graduated students may be accepted if they did not yet recieve their licence to practice medicine.
  • 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 want to participate in. A National Social Program weekend trip is organized for all incoming students in July and August. 
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 and -out in IFMSA-Sweden. Please contact us 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 present the 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 special documents from the university or hospital when applying for your VISA, please let us know as soon as possible. 

  • 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 the all the required documents and information.

  • If you need additional documents for your VISA application, such as an invitation letter from the faculty/department, please contact the NEO/LEO about this well in advance in order for us to arrange it. Keep in mind that it is not always possible to provide students with letters from the department/faculty.


ink 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 us 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 2/7, you are expected to arrive 1/7 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 LEO/NEO.
8 Weeks
Special remarks
Varies depending on LC and case, contact NEO-in of IFMSA-Sweden.
8 Weeks
Special remarks
Varies depending on LC and case, contact NEO-in of IFMSA-Sweden.
Additional Information
Update Date
07/15/2019 15:30
Validation Date
07/15/2019 00:00
Special remarks