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Clinical electives

Students from partner universities
If your home university has signed a Memorandum of Understanding or a bilateral agreement with Erasmus MC (within the framework of the EU Erasmus+ program), we will try our best to find a placement in one of the departments. Please note that your university needs to contact us and nominate you. If you are not nominated a clinical elective will not be possible on an indivual basis if no bilateral agreement has been signed.
If you are fluent in English, we will try to find a suitable department. Please take into account that you need to have completed at least four years of medical training. In general, only master students of Medicine can be placed for a clinical elective. 

Clinical electives for English-speaking students will last 3 to 4 weeks per department with a maximum of 3 departments per student. For most clinical departments, however, fluency in Dutch is highly recommended and in most cases even required. Dutch-speaking students may be allowed to do a clinical internship from 4 up to 12 weeks, with a maximum of 3 departments per student.

If you do not speak Dutch, you cannot be accepted at the following departments: Erasmus MC - clinical elective

  • Cardiology;
  • Dermatology;
  • Otolaryngology;
  • Family Medicine;
  • Gynaecology & Obstetrics;
  • Internal Medicine: Hematology and Internal Oncology;
  • Neurology;
  • Neurosurgery;
  • Orthopedics;
  • Paediatrics;
  • Psychiatry;
  • Public Health.

If you speak English on a fairly good level all other departments are possible for max. 4 weeks based on availability.
Students from other universities
If your university does not have an agreement with us, we will not be able to offer you an elective clerkship at this time.
MRSA test
Please take into consideration that you will need to arrive at least five days prior to the start of your elective: a mandatory MRSA test is done here at our university. External MRSA test will not be accepted.
Tuition fee
No tuition fees are charged.

When applying always ask yourself what, where, when and why. Provide a clear plan and proper preparation. For the greater part regular medical education at Erasmus MC is given in the Dutch language. Participation in any part of the regular educational program therefore is not possible for foreign students unless they speak Dutch at a very high level. There are possibilities in taking Dutch language courses at your own expense.
Please send the following documents to Ms. Gonny Pasaribu, preferably in one e-mail, to student.exchange@erasmusmc.nl:
- the completed Application Form;
- your curriculum vitae;
- official proof/certificate of English proficiency (minimum IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL IBT 80);
 - your Transcript of Records (in English);
- a letter of recommendation from your home university;
- a copy of a valid passport (.jpg file);
- a passport photo (.jpg file).

No guarantees can be made. If you are accepted for an internship, we shall help in your search for accommodation and register you as exchange student at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Application deadline
At least nine months before the start of an elective.