responsible for hosting and supervising exchange programs for students coming to the university from abroad.

The International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) presents to you two of its longest-standing projects: The Professional Exchange and the Research Exchange Programs, run by the Standing Committee of Professional Exchange (SCOPE) and Standing Committee of Research Exchange (SCORE) respectively.


The Professional Exchange program is an educational program held by the Standing Committee of Professional Exchange (SCOPE) of IFMSA offering clerkships to medical students abroad since 1951. Annually, around 13.000 students from more than 90 countries travel around the world to discover new health systems, new cultures and to enhance their global health and intercultural understanding. The SCOPE exchange program is organized entirely by medical students with the help of their medical faculties, making it one of the largest student-run exchange programs in the world.

How the SCOPE Exchanges Work ?
Selection: via a standardized exchange exam and personal interview.
Kasr Al Ainy medical students apply for an entrance exam which comprises of a multiple-choice paper consisting of 5 sections: English Language, general knowledge, medical knowledge, Egyptology, and IQ, an essay, and an oral interview. After which medical students are matched with a contract according to their score.
Program Details: Matched medical students participate in a four-week clerkship in a chosen clinical or pre-clinical medical field. The language of instruction is either English or the language of the host country. During the exchange, the student has the chance to observe a different health care system and learn from foreign tutors. Every university is represented by a Local Exchange Officer on Research Exchange (LEO), who arranges the program of exchange. All students are assigned to a physician supervisor, who acts as a tutor and mentor, and a local contact person who serves as a guide, resource, and social liaison in the visiting country.
In exchange of a participation fee, the incoming student is offered a one-month clerkship at the hospital and department of his or her choice, lodging at a student facility or with a host family, and at least one meal per day.


Research is essential for the development of medicine and this is exactly what the Standing Committee on Research Exchange (SCORE) aims to highlight. SCORE offers over 3000 research projects to provide medical students worldwide with the opportunity to learn the basic principles of medical research and participate in it. The IFMSA Research Exchange program is officially recognized and supported by the medical school/university that hosts it 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 of scientific research. Upon completion of the program, students may be required to prepare a written scientific report or an oral presentation.

Types of research projects:

  • Basic laboratory research project.

  • A clinical research project with lab work
  • A clinical research project without lab work

  • Global Action Project (GAP)*

How the SCORE Exchanges Work?
Selection: The Research Exchange program undergoes the same process as the Professional Exchange program in term of selection: standardized exam and personal interview as above.
Program Detail: Every university is represented by a Local Officer on Research Exchange (LORE), who facilitates projects at the local level and arranges preparations for exchange students such as program, housing, and boarding. Every exchange student is assigned a local contact person who serves as a guide, resource, and social liaison in the visiting country.
All exchanges are initiated and coordinated entirely by medical student volunteers.

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