Clerkships (Electives)

Haifa is Israel’s third largest city, beautifully set on the slopes of Mount Carmel facing the Mediterranean Sea, likened by some as ‘Israel’s San Francisco’.  Although traditionally a working city, there are a number of great things to do in Haifa including the Bahai Gardens, German Colony, as well as a number of top museums. The city is also known across Israel for its mixed population of Jews and Arabs who peacefully coexist and the result is some amazing fusions of Arabic and Jewish cultures across the city.

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):


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.

Please see Academic Calendar here - link 


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.


For more information about weather in Haifa click here


The local currency is “New Israeli Shekel” (NIS). Please check updated currency here - link

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