SCORE Research Exchange


IFMSA SCORE Research Exchange

The IFMSA Research Exchange is a research project that provides you with the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in the specific area of your research interest. It is a 4 week exchange program. This program is officially recognized and supported by the medical school/university and is guided by a mentor who introduces exchange students to the basic principles of research, including literature search, data collection, scientific writing, laboratory work, statistics and ethics. Upon completion of the program, students may be required to prepare a written scientific report or an oral presentation.
Successful applications are valid for one year - from April through March of the next year. We provide accommodation for the given period (in an apartment, hostel, and dormitory or with a host family). We also provide 1 -2 meals per day (in some countries, pocket money is provided instead of a meal).
In most countries, in summer, you can take part in different kinds of teambuilding programs (for example, local trips and parties) with the organising local committee members.

What you need to provide?
Travel costs, insurance, visa (if needed)

Application Conditions
Anyone who is enrolled in any of the 4 Hungarian universities and has completed a semester can apply. It is important that you speak moderate/intermediate level of English/language of the host country.

Research Topics and Countries
The list of countries you can apply to and the number of spaces available for each country would be published on posters and sent via email by the Reasearch Exchange Officer. The submission deadline will be included in the poster and email. These are usually made available by the middle/end of November.
If you have any questions related to the topics plesase speak to the Research Exchange officer or the English Programs Coordinator, Dede O. (

Nonetheless, all necessary information about the topics can be found on this website: You can calso choose the country and your field of interest. On the basis of these, you get a list of possible topics/titles.
If you click on a title, you can read all the information related to the topic. For example, your tutor’s name, the topic description, the clinic, etc.
It is important that you read throught the “Exchange conditions”, where you can find information You can find information about the chosen country, the projects and which months of the year their projects are available here:

How are applications assessed?
The local and national officers meet in a national general assembly, where, with the help of the point system, they evaluate the application. Of course, they take all possible facts into consideration.
Taking part in DOE/HuMSIRC activities gives you an advantage. These activities include: becoming a contact person, taking part on Health Days, AIDS day, Teddy Bear Hospitals and holding lectures. Also, you can get plus points for language exams, TDK participation and attending medical conferences.
You can find the point system on our website.

Necessary for the application:

  • DOE membership
  • At least 10 DOE points!
  • You must enclose to your application
    • Filled application form, what you can find in the online calling for tender
    • DOE membership certificate (can be provided upon request at our office, Markusovszky III. Dormitory on Auguszta, during consulting hours – Wednesdays, 16:00 – 18:00)
    • Copy of your Lecturebook (for the last 2 semesters)
    • 1 passport photograph (4x4)
    • Copies of language certificate(s)
    • Copy of passport (or EU National ID)
  • Further documents you can attach:
    • Certificate about research (TDK), TDK presentation, demonstratory work, article, or participation on any medical conference.
    • Certificate about nursing or ambulance work
    • Certificate about social work
    • Motivation letter (1-1,5 page long) This can be provided after you have chosen the country you wish to go to. Has to be addressed to professor in host country. It should prove your suitability and interest in the chosen field connected to the research, must be in language of exchange.
    • Reference letter – from sending institution written by your tutor or the Head Of Department (in English or in the language of exchange)