Voyage to Medicine

Tel Aviv University

Program Description

Voyage to Medicine

Tel Aviv University

“Voyage to Medicine has been one the most unique and amazing experiences of my life and has helped me in deciding my direction and aspirations in medicine. The knowledge and skills I have gained from this program will not only help me stand out in my application but will help me be a better doctor for the rest of my career.” - George, Class of 2016/17


The Voyage to Medicine program is a fall-semester study abroad program for pre-med and other health/science undergraduate students. It combines aspects of hands-on experience at one of Israel’s leading hospitals, clinical research, academic studies and volunteer work in coordination with TAU International, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, and Magen David Adom (the Israeli Red Cross).

The program is designed to immerse students in the medical and healthcare fields. It provides a unique opportunity to gain first-hand views and experiences in one of Israel’s finest hospitals and its medical institutions, under the guidance of expert physicians in the field.

The Voyage to Medicine program offers a unique educational experience. Along with the academic courses taught by leading physicians, students will get the opportunity to shadow staff members and be integrated into the department’s daily activity, to watch leading medical technics, converse with patients and experience first-hand what it means to be part of a medical team at a level one trauma center. The hospital setting enables students to view and take part in the work done at the various departments of the hospital, such as the ER and ORs, Pediatrics and Orthopedics, Gynecology and Plastics and many more.

Students will gain a one of a kind experience through a combination of academic courses in medicine, volunteering as EMTs, and advance their knowledge by shadowing the medical staff and participating in clinical research.

Program Highlights:

  • Advance your knowledge of medicine through academic coursework
  • Take part in clinical research at one of Israel’s leading medical facilities
  • Shadow medical professionals at Assaf Harofeh medical center
  • Get hands-on medical experience working as an EMT
  • Enjoy social activities including on-campus events, museum visits, city tours and more
  • Make lifelong friends with students from all around the world
  • Immerse yourself in the exciting city and culture of Tel Aviv!

*Masa Grants are available to eligible students.

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This is what our latest graduates had to say about the program:



The academic program is preceded by a mandatory intensive Hebrew language course, called an Ulpan, to prepare you for life in Israel. Following the Ulpan, you will take part in a week-long intensive first-aid training offered by MADA (Magen David Adom) preparing you to provide Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) while volunteering as an EMT throughout the program. While on the program, you will be required to take five academic courses, all taught by outstanding and experienced professors, doctors, and experts in the field. * Health and Psychology (3 credits)- Offering you an insight into the “mind-body connection” from various perspectives.

  • The Circle of Life – From Birth to Old Age (3 credits)- Exposing you to the various fields of medicine in the classroom, and through clinical experience by joining doctors on their clinical ward rounds in the various departments of the hospital.
  • Introduction to Clinical Laboratory in Medicine (2 credits)- Introducing you to a wide spectrum of clinical issues leading to an understanding of the disease fundamentals and diagnostics.
  • Introduction to Clinical Research (2 credits)- Familiarizing you with the basics of clinical research in your field of interest (depending on availability) under a departmental physician’s guidance.
  • Introduction to Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine (3 credits)- Exploring the advantages of physical activity as a way of healthy living while reviewing the scope of potential injuries and ways to both prevent and treat them.
  • Health and Psychology (3 credits) - In this course, we will examine the “mind-body connection” from various perspectives and will explore influence on health and illness of psychological factors such as personality, stress, and emotion. Each student will develop some expertise in a particular area of focus and will share this with the group at the end of the course in an informal presentation and discussion.

    The program is enriched by supplementary lectures, training and field trips such as:
  • First-aid training by MADA- Magen David Adom (the Israeli Red Cross
  • Visit the IDF’s medical base training facility.
  • joining EMT teams in working ambulances in Tel Aviv.

    Moreover, in collaboration with program staff, students choose a department at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center to join. Under the supervision of a departmental physician, students shadow practicing physicians and researchers to gain insight into the field of modern medicine in practice as they emerge in.


sciences who have completed at least one year of study at their home institutions.

Due to the nature of the subject, we seek to compose a diverse group of nationalities as well as diverse fields of interests.

Thus, our admission policy includes academic records, recommendations, a personal essay, and leadership experience.

The entire curriculum will be delivered in English. Students may be asked to provide formal documentation that their undergraduate program was conducted in English.

The program dates are from late July to the beginning of January, including mandatory pre-session Hebrew course. Exact program dates vary annually.

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The application deadline for A Voyage to Medicine in Israel: Assaf Harofeh Fall Semester 2017 is May 30, 2017.


The course is open to accomplished undergraduate/graduate students enrolled at accredited higher education institutions outside of Israel. Generally, a minimum GPA of 80 on a scale of 100, or 3.0 on a scale of 4.0, or equivalent applies, but exceptions may be made in the case of a strong application with a lower GPA.

Application Process

Applications are submitted online. A complete application consists of a submission of all of the required documents in an attachment to the online application.

Rolling admissions:

Applications are reviewed as they are completed, and you will be contacted with an admissions decision as expediently as possible. In some cases, you will be contacted to arrange an interview, which can be held either in person in Tel Aviv or via telephone or Skype.

Application Documents

  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended, including a copy of any diplomas received. Students who have completed less than two semesters of study at a higher education institution will also be required to submit transcripts from upper secondary school/high school.
  • Demonstrated Command of English: All applicants must prove their English-language proficiency validated through a TOEFL or IELTS exam. Exams must be taken before the application deadline, and official scores must be sent directly to the TAU International office by the testing agency. TAU International's ETS code is 7704. TOEFL test (minimum score: written 582, computer-based 223, or iBT 89) IELTS test (minimum score: 6.5). Exception: Students whose primary and secondary education took place in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or the U.S. are exempt from this requirement. Note that students who were born in one of these countries but were educated elsewhere will still be required to satisfy the English proficiency requirement in order to complete their application.
  • A copy of valid passport
  • A passport photo
  • Health Declaration Form
  • Medical Form
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 15, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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July 2019
1 semester
9,700 USD
Israel - Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv District
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July 2019
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