Exchange Conditions of Swimsa

Working Conditions
Languages
German
(Good)
Required
French
(Good)
Required
Languages Remarks
Switzerland has two major language regions:
In one region French is spoken (LCs Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne) and
in the other region German is spoken (LCs Basel, Bern, Zurich).
If you are applying for both regions you also need to provide language certificates, motivation letters and the CV in both languages.

Special remark: The student has to be able to speak fluently with the patient.
Official language certificate stating a level of completed B2 or higher of the CEFR or equivalent is needed (if doubtful, there would be an interview by skype).
If the student does not speak the required language or does not reach the required level, the AF will be returned (unless another agreement was made with the NEO).


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
5th and 6th year students = 3rd and 4th year of clinical studies (second last and last year of studies)

LC Geneva with special requirements:
For the following departments, the university hospital of Geneva only accepts students in their last year of studies:
  • surgery departments
  • emergency department
Graduated students allowed
No

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, 9 hours a day, 5 days per week
Dress code
Casual
What to Bring
- Stethoscope
- Lamp
- Reflex Hammer
Academic Quality
  • Incomings are requested to bring with them their handbook and fill it in order to get their certificates.
  • The students are seen as equal to the Swiss students doing their clinical year, this means that the students are expected to take histories, do examination and help in surgery if need be. The student is excepted to work and gain a lot of practical experience in order to get more autonomous in the medical practice.  





Nightshifts
No
Special Remarks
  • The working conditions vary from hospital to hospital and will be determined at the beginning of the clerkship. 
  • A normal shift is 9 hours.
  • Depending on the deparment night shifts are possible.
  • Be punctual at all times, being late is very frowned upon in Switzerland 
  • The clerkship in Switzerland is very practical and very little oberservatory. The student will have to work. It is not possible to not praticipate in practical clinical work. If the student refuses, the exchange will be terminated immediately and lodging and boarding will be cancelled immediately.


Towns
Calendar

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Cities Remarks
Please choose 3 different LCs:
French speaking LCs: LCs Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne
German speaking LCs: LCs Basel, Bern, Zurich

Please send your AF as soon as possible, because we work with "first come, frist serve".
The French speaking part of Switzerland is very full very fast during summer, so please be aware of our limits.
Calendar Remarks
Clerkships start on the 1st monday of the month and end on the last friday of the month.

- Months: June, July, August, September: clerkships are hard to organise so there is a chance that nothing can be found.
In this case, the clerkship will be postponed. Please state in your AF if you can come during any other month.
Disciplines
Disciplines

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Disciplines Remarks
Please choose 4 different disciplines:
  • Students who choose less than 4 will have their AF sent back
  • Students who choose specialties that are full/not available, will be placed in any other discipline that is available or will be able to post-pone their internship.

If your home university has any special demands, such as documents that need to be signed, we need to know this at least 2 weeks in advance.
General
Pocket money
300 CHF
Boarding
- Student hostel
- Host family
- Student flat
- Pocket Money
Lodging
- Student flat
- Student hostel
- Dormitory
- Host family
Social Program
A national social program is provided to all the incomings during summer (July and August).
SCOPE local teams are always available for the incomings and propose frequent activities and trips.
Student with disabilities
Yes
Couples
No
Link to ExPlore Page
Special Remarks
Friends, relatives or pets are not allowed 

The exchangee is responsible for the damage or misuse of materials, rooms or any other item that is lent to him during his/her stay and practice. The exchangee will pay any incurred cost.

Clerkships are cancelled when the LC receives claims from the hospital for behavioral and/or professional issues. Lodging and boarding are not guaranteed after this cancellation.

Documents:
All the documents have to be written in French or German, unless it is an English Unit.
If the LEO doesn't get the documents from the student in time the clerkship may be cancelled!

Application Form
Deadline
6Months
Unilateral fee
450 CHF
Payment details for unilateral fee
Cash upon arrival
Visa requirements

Bern: http://www.vol.be.ch/vol/de/index/arbeit/auslaendische_erwerbstaetige.html
Basel: http://www.awa.bs.ch/en.html
Zurich: https://awa.zh.ch/internet/volkswirtschaftsdirektion/awa/en/arbeitsbewilligungen/drittstaaten/praktikum_studium.html
Lausanne: https://www.vd.ch/?id=1022175
Fribourg: http://www.fr.ch/spomi/de/pub/auslandische_arbeitskrafte.htm

Switzerland: https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/themen.html


Please add a remark on the AF, if the student is from a non-EU-country.
Student from non-EU-countries coming to Switzerland, exept for LC Geneva, will need a Type C or D working permit (short term stay) and will have to get it in their country's Swiss Embassy, after contacting your CP in Switzerland. The student must wait for the CPs or LEOs confirmation before applying for the working VISA. 

LC Geneva don't need a type D working permit, a tourist VISA is enough.
Link to Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website (or any other website that provides official information on visa)
Special Remarks
no
Card Of Documents
Standard documents
- Health Insurance
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 1(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Passport copy(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Curriculum Vitae(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Language certificate(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 2(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 3(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 4(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Student record (Subjects passed)(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Photo
Format
- Card of Document
- Proof of Enrollment(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- SCOPE Terms and Conditions(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
Special documents
- Other(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
Upon Arrival documents
- Health Insurance
Format
- Paper
- Immunisation Record
Format
- Card of Document
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
Vaccine proof for HBV, Tetanos, Diphteria, Tuberculine test will be asked upon arrival.

Insurance
the NMO requires:

Travel Insurance:
This insurance will cover you if problems appear during your travel such as medical emergency, trip interruption or cancellation, lost or stolen baggage or travel documents, and default protection.

Health insurance:
It covers expenses linked to health issues
(if you have to see a doctor and buy drugs on prescription)

Liability insurance:
It covers expenses related to damages you can cause to objects or people outside from your professional duties.

All these should be required prior to the exchange and in your home country 

The NMO will not cover any damage done by the studnet during the exchange 


Deadline
6 Weeks

Special remarks
All applicants must apply 6 months before the beginning of the clerkship. Application forms arriving after this deadline will be refused!
Please note in the AF if you could also come during any other month. 

Documents:
All the documents have to be written in French or German, unless it is an English Unit.
If the LEO doesn't get the documents from the student in time the clerkship may be cancelled!

"Other"-Document is an official declaration made by the home university, confirming that the clerkship is mandatory. If you have any questions about this document, please ask your NEO-out that will ask swimsa NEO-in. 
Please upload this document in the section "other" when sending the AF at least 6 months prior to the exchange.
Digital documents can be uploaded on the database.

Finances:
swimsa receives financial support in a form of a "salary" from the hospitals for each student swimsa is hosting. The financial support is used to organize boarding and lodging for the incomings. The students are therefore asked to sign a "salary waiver" form.
If the LEO does not receive the signed form via e mail at least 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the clerkship, the exchange will be cancelled!

Card of Acceptance
Deadline
8 Weeks
Special remarks
We only provide lodging for the mentioned period in the CA.
Card of Confirmation
Deadline
4 Weeks
Special remarks
CC must be sent at least 4 weeks in advance. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee the clerkship.
Students must have sent their exact date and time of arrival, their flight number and the city where they come from in their CC.
Not sending the CC and without having contact with a CP or LEO for at least 2 weeks before the clerkship will mean a cancellation of the exchange.
Cancellations
Deadline
6 Weeks
Special remarks
After sending the AF we do not tolerate cancellations. If there should be a cancellation, a reason must be given and the student or NEO of the sending country has to send a letter to apologize to the head of department.
After a cancellation the NMO will not cover any expenses.
Substitutions
Deadline
0 Weeks
Special remarks
Substitutions are no longer possible as soon as the department is set.
Additional Information
Update Date
07/11/2019 06:15
Validation Date
07/11/2019 00:00
Special remarks
no