Voyage to Medicine
Voyage to Medicine
Program Length: Fall Semester
Language of Instruction: English
Admission Requirements: Open to undergraduate students focused on pre-med, health sciences or similar
Program Dates: August 4-December 18, 2020
Application Deadline: May 1, 2020
TAU International is proud to offer an incredibly unique opportunity for undergraduate study abroad students who are interested in or currently pursuing pre-medicine or health sciences studies. Our newly relaunched Fall Semester Voyage to Medicine program combines practical experience at one of Israel’s leading hospitals, clinical research, and EMT volunteer work together with academic studies. This program is the result of a special collaboration of TAU International, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, and Magen David Adom (the Israeli Red Cross).
The program provides a truly immersive experience for students in the medical and health care field in Israel to gain first hand views and experiences in one of Israel’s finest hospitals under the guidance of expert physicians in the field. Alongside rigorous academic courses taught at TAU, students have the opportunity one full day per week to shadow hospital staff members and be integrated in the daily activity of the hospital departments such as the ER and ORs, Pediatrics and Orthopedics, Gynecology and Plastics and more. Students witness leading medical techniques and procedures, converse with patients and begin to understand what it means to be part of a medical team at a level one trauma center. In addition, students volunteer throughout the semester as EMTs with the Magen David Adom (the Israeli Red Cross).
Students in this program will begin with a mandatory intensive Hebrew Ulpan course (Short Ulpan; 4 credits). Following this four week course, program participants will complete a one week certification training to prepare them for their volunteer shifts with the Magen David Adom (the Israeli Red Cross). Students then begin their academic coursework (3 courses) at Tel Aviv University, spending one day per week at the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center where students will participate in one of their academic courses and complete their shadowing work in the hospital department of their choosing. In total, students will take 4 academic courses in addition to the intensive Hebrew Ulpan, resulting in a total of 16 semester credits. Throughout the semester (once the certification training is complete) students will volunteer for shifts with Magen David Adom as they wish; the majority of students volunteer at least 1-2 times per week.
Program Highlights At-A-Glance:
- Advance your knowledge in medicine through academic course work together practical program components
- Observe and participate in clinical research at one of Israel’s leading medical facilities
- Shadow medical professionals at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center
- Complete a one-week certification course in emergency response
- Get hands-on medical experience volunteering as an EMT
- Gain insight into new medical technologies being developed and implemented here in Israel
- Understand more about emerging and innovative emergency response and disaster preparation techniques
- Enjoy study abroad 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!
Natacha Levy, Belgium
Voyage to Medicine 2017/18
I knew after high school, I wanted to travel and take a gap year, and when I talked to my dad, he immediately supported me and suggested Israel!
I started looking online and found, on the Masa website, the Voyage to Medicine program at TAU. As I was reading the description, I could already see myself there, living in Tel Aviv, getting to know more about all the different departments that constitute the hospital, meeting so many incredible people, and getting paramedic training!
Upon my arrival, the Madrichim were so helpful and kind; they made me feel at home straight away. I lived in the dorms with three other amazing girls who were also part of the same Voyage to Medicine program.
My experience at TAU taught me so much. I met many amazing people who I still talk to today. I connected with my roots by living and experiencing the Israeli lifestyle and culture. With the Madrichim, we traveled and explored all parts of Israel.
Through the Voyage to Medicine program, I got the chance to assist, observe, and do so many amazing things I wouldn't be able to list them all. I still remember the day I got the acceptance letter two years ago; little did I know how much this journey was going to change me. Applying to the Voyage to Medicine program was the best decision I have ever made!
What are you waiting for? Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime study abroad experience!