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IFMSA-CFMS International Exchange Program

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IFMSA Exchanges

For Canadian Students interested in going abroad:

IFMSA exchanges offer Canadian medical students a chance to experience various cultures while gaining clinical or research experience in a speciality of their interest.

Each year, over one hundred Canadian students undertake an IFMSA exchange doing either research (SCORE) or clinical observerships (SCOPE) over a four-week timeline. This year we are offering exchanges in over thirty countries from around the world.

As each program is run separately, by the hosting community, we are looking for students who are open-minded, independent, and able to cope with unforeseen challenges. Some highlights from previous students include: meeting medical students from around the world, exposure to a self-selected specialty for an extended time, and embracing a new culture within a social program provided by the host country.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can travel this summer, please contact the local exchange officers (LEOs) at your school or contact the NEO-outgoing directly. Applications for the summer of 2019 will be open from October 1st-19th, 2018. More information can be found here.  


For students incoming students to Canada:

The CFMS is proud to be a member of the IFSMA SCOPE (clinical) and SCORE (research) exchange programs that allow medical students all over the world to become international learners.

If you are interested in coming to Canada with a SCOPE or SCORE exchange, first contact your own local or national exchange officers to find out if we have a partnership for the exchange season. Have a look at the CFMS exchange conditions for details about the application process. Almost all incoming SCOPE students are also required to complete an AFMC portal application. Please review the specific universities the AFMC website  for the most up to date information on language requirements, immunization forms and extra documents.


If IFMSA SCOPE and SCORE exchanges are not available to you, please review the opportunities each of our medical schools offers for international students. The AFMC portal has a university-by-university review of each program and includes information about the application process and key contacts.