Important Information

Clerkships (Electives)

The Technion Faculty of Medicine offers Clinical Clerkships (electives) via our clinical teaching hospitals to non-Technion medical students. The Clerkship placement provides students the opportunity to further develop knowledge and skills in their selected discipline. Successful applicants will take part in supervised rounds, bedside instructions and departmental seminars. They will observe most of the professional activities, but due to many restricting conditions, the practical hands-on training is limited to observation alone. Visiting elective students will have the rights, duties and responsibilities similar to those of Technion Faculty of Medicine students but will not hold at any other status at Technion Faculty of Medicine.

Clerkships are offered for a minimum of 4 weeks to a maximum of 8 weeks duration only. Applications for Clerkships must be made directly through the Intech-Med Coordinator, and not to individual hospitals.

The Technion Faculty of Medicine can only offer one specialization/discipline placement per student and cannot split a placement between different specializations, disciplines, units or hospitals. In order of preference, applicants will select their top five department preferences from the list of their chosen hospital. If the applicant’s first choice is not available, the Intech-Med Coordinator will then move down the list of  hospitals, to try and ensure the #1 departmental preference.

Applications for medical clerkships are subject to the availability of clinical resources and an offer can be withdrawn at any time.


Elective working hours: 

Sunday – Thursday 08:00-16:00. Requirements of attendance and performance during electives may vary according to the specific department. The student will notify the supervising staff members of the department, the Program’s office on any leave of absence. Unjustified absence during the elective will not be recognized as part of the elective.

Electives cannot begin / end on:

Friday, Saturday or during the following National Holidays, when administrative offices are closed and the departments are in minimum staff.
, mainly during August when it is a worldwide vacation time, there are less appointed Medical Procedures, too.

Israel’s National Holidays (weekends included):

Holidays 2019 2020
Rosh Hashanah September 27-October 2 September 18-20
Yom Kippur + Sukkoth     October 8-21 September 27- October 10
Purim March 20-23 March 8-10
Passover            April 19-28 April 9-15
Israeli Independence Day May 8-11 April 28-30
Shavuot June 7-10 May 28-30



The national language is Hebrew. Most staff and many patients speak Arabic or Russian and English. Staff is also fluent in English.

The work in the departments/clinics is carried out in Hebrew and wherever possible, the hospital staff will assist the student with language difficulties.



Haifa has a unique climate. On the one side a big part of Haifa is on a mountain, and on the other side Haifa is a water front city. The summer months are hot and humid, so be sure to drink a lot of water. The winter months especially the nights, can be very cool, so bring suitable clothing. Winters are intermittently rainy. 

Haifa Weather

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The local currency is “New Israeli Shekel” (NIS). The rate updated to May 2018 averages 3.60 NIS for $1 US (subject to fluctuation).


Please Note:

  1. We do not provide accommodation for the most part, but we can do our best to help you settle in. We can provide recommendations and advice to help you find accommodation.
  2. The Faculty is not automatically obligated to accept all applicants.