What are exchanges?
The International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA) offers the largest and oldest medical student exchange programme in the world, with over 13,000 exchanges happening every year.

Exchanges are an equitable and fun way for medical students to experience different healthcare systems across the world. They are 4 week long placements and can either be clinical, through the Standing Committee on Professional Exchange (SCOPE), or research, through the Standing Committee on Research Exchange (SCORE). Due to the nature of an ‘exchange’, this model promotes equity in opportunities for students, both economically and educationally. It is different to our traditional electives where often only the UK student benefits from experience abroad, as the exchange means the student from overseas also has the chance to experience a different healthcare system by coming to the UK on exchange for 4 weeks.   

How does Medsin fit into this?
Medsin is the national member organisation (NMO) of the IFMSA. Currently 101 national member organizations offer exchanges, and Medsin is the organisation through which all exchanges for students in the UK happen.

Medsin branches currently offering exchanges


  • Aberdeen
  • Barts
  • Nottingham
  • HYMS


  • Aberdeen
  • Newcastle

Currently in order to go on exchange, you need to be at a Medsin branch or university offering exchanges. If your Medsin branch isn’t listed above, why don’t you try to set up the programme in your university? Drop us an email to find out more.


  1. Medsin blog about setting up exchanges:
  2. Medsin blog about Barts and the London student Christian’s experience of a SCOPE exchange:

Get in touch
Interested in finding out more about exchanges or setting them up at your university? Get in touch!

Useful links

IFMSA exchanges website
Medsin Exchanges facebook group




Exchange the world video playlist 


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