IFMSA-NL aims to offer the available international opportunities for her members and non-members on this page.

The international network of IFMSA The Netherlands

With National Member Organizations in more than 100 countries all around the world and close collaboration with international health organizations, IFMSA offers many international opportunities. On this page you can find more information on international meetings, summer schools and congresses.
International opportunities for IFMSA-NL members

Upcoming events

SRT Africa

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Date: 15 June - 18 June
Costs: 130 euros
Application deadline: 20th of April
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his is the opportunity you have been waiting for! Have you been to Abuja before? Have you had fun in the African way before? Do you want to learn more about IFMSA and its different standing committees? Do you want to be a certified IFMSA trainer & conduct different international workshops in the future?
Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

Theme: Global Health Today

Reproductive Health
Safe and Portable water for all
Global Health and Volunteering

Workshops include:
Training New Trainers (TNT)
Professional Exchange Training (PRET)
Gender Based Violence- Violence to Victory (V2V)
Training Medical Education Trainers (TMET)

SCORA Exchange

Location: Diverse locaties
Date: 2 July - 5 August
Application deadline: 10th of April

The program, costs and dates are dependent on the destination. Click below for all the invitation packages in which you can find all the specific information about the destination.


For more information how to apply see the email over the IFMSA SCORA server, Facebook or send an email to

EMSA Permanent Officer to the Standing Commitee of European Doctors (CPME)

Location: Brussel, België
Date: 1 September - 28 February
Application deadline: 30th of April

Job Description:
~ Placement in the CPME Office in Brussels, Belgium, for the duration of 6 months;
~ Monitoring and reporting relevant European affairs;
~ Running EMSA's official office (answering and making official phone calls, receiving/sending emails on behalf of EMSA, maintaining the EMSA archive, hosting appointments, attending meetings in Brussels);
~ Supporting the CPME Secretariat in processing documents, collecting information, maintaining the website, writing news, gathering information, preparing documents and surveys, assisting with projects and policy work;
~ Co-organize CPME meetings and attend relevant European level meetings and conferences on behalf of CPME and/or EMSA and monitor ongoing relevant matters in the European Parliament, European Commission, and other healthcare stakeholders.

Your benefits:
~ Salary (this is a paid position);
~ Opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about European health policies, European politics, and decision-making in the European Union;
~ Vast professional experience and building a network of new acquaintances;
~ Friendly working environment.

~ Medical student from EU member state;
~ Professional attitude and willingness to learn;
~ Capability of working efficiently within a team;
~ Willingness to live and work in Brussels for a period of at least 6 months;
~ Ability to communicate well in written and spoken English;
~ Full EMSA membership.

What do we need?
~ Your motivational letter;
~ Your CV;
~ A certification of your EMSA Membership (not older than two months; signed by one of your Local Coordinators).

Please contact for more information about the application.

World Healthcare Students Summit

Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Date: 23 November - 27 November
Costs: 280 USD
Application deadline: unknown
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The World Healthcare Students' Symposium (WHSS) is an event that takes place every two years and brings together medicine, pharmacy and allied health students in an international forum to generate discussion and understanding between the professions, develop skills and awareness of concepts in multidisciplinary working, advocates for a cooperative multidisciplinary approach to patient-centred care to optimise health outcomes.

The International Partner Organisations in health work in partnership not only to generate this event but also to investigate on-going joint initiatives that support the overall vision for the future.

This amazing five-day conference brings a unique opportunity for passionate healthcare students and professionals passionate in discussing and addressing different global health burdens and opportunities all with an aim to promote a multidisciplinary approach to patient care Under the theme: "Towards the SDGs agenda 2030: The role of a multidisciplinary approach in healthcare."

The amazing team behind this one of a kind event, has ensured a varied program for professional development, networking opportunities and (You guessed it) FUN!

EMSA Representative tot the World Health Organization

Location: Brussel, België
Date: 1 January - 1 June
Application deadline: 20th of April

> According to the rules and regulations of WHO, the internship is not remunerated.
Applicants should be at least 21 years of age. Undergraduates are not eligible to apply.
> The intern will be based in the WHO office in Brussels, with their own workstation and all other office facilities. For the duration of the internship, they are part of the information network and IT system of WHO.
> Medical students can apply for a WHO internship. Such interns will be starting after January 1st, 2018.

Summary of the position:
> The main objective of the internship is to provide a framework, where the educational experience of the intern can be enhanced through practical work assignments.
> The intern is expected to support the team in systematically gathering information regarding EU activities related to health. This will involve working on existing information tools, as well as developing new ones, which would put in place a scheme of standardized information monitoring and updating.
> The job requires identifying key actors at the EU institutions, key information sources, analyses of the information available and ability to summarize it in accordance to concrete needs of different target audiences. This will help stabilize and expand the information brokering and exchange function of the whole office.

What we offer:
> Interns are fully involved in all aspects of our work at the WHO representation to the EU.
> They are part of an international team that supports them in acquiring skills to work in an intergovernmental organization and hands-on knowledge of how major international actors and stakeholders inter-relate, at the European and global levels.
> Interns are given the opportunity to focus on research and analysis and writing up reports to support the communication activities of the office.
> They are also empowered with responsibilities to develop and manage portfolios of certain topics.

What do we need?
> Your motivational letter;
> Your CV;
> A certification of your EMSA Membership (not older than two months; signed by one of your Local Coordinators).

Please contact for more information about the application.


Upcoming events

Challenges of Global Health Summer School

Location: Utrecht, Nederland
Date: 3 July - 7 July
Costs: 750 Euro (550 without housing)
Application deadline: 19th June
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This one-week course introduces participants to major public health challenges in low- and middle-income countries. It provides an introduction to the public health importance, aetiology, risk factors, and epidemiology of chronic non-communicable diseases, while underscoring the intersection between communicable and non-communicable disease. Participants will learn about health threats and policy initiatives for international prevention and control of disease in the context of critical challenges such as the impact of globalization and the role of environmental changes. The main aim of the course is to enhance knowledge and understanding of current challenges in global health with a particular focus on chronic non-communicable diseases.

Target group: Postgraduate students and and professionals in medicine, public health, social sciences, or related disciplines with knowledge of epidemiology and public health and an interest in global health.

Reproductive Rights and Health

Location: Gent, België
Date: 3 July - 12 July
Costs: 475 euros
Application deadline: 8th of April
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Thanks to the great success of the Summer School 'Health & Migration', we now proudly present the first edition of the Summer School 'Reproductive Health & Rights'! This new Summer School is the result of a collaboration between medical students from the Faculty of Medicine and students from the Faculties of Law, Psychology and Educational Sciences, Arts and Philosophy and Political and Social Sciences. Hence students from every faculty mentioned above can apply for the Summer School 'Reproductive Health & Rights'.

The course targets (graduate) students in humanities, social sciences, and medical and health sciences.

The didactic approach will start from SRHR (Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights)-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 3, 5, 10, 16 and 17) and use these as a framework during the full ten days. Each module will cover one specific target of these SDGs. E.g. one will be dedicated to target 3.1. "by 2030 reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births" and will include issues such as family planning, contraception and abortion. The overall goal is to provide international and high level lectures that offer a global view on different problems related to SRHR.

Lectures will be given in English by renown teachers of Ghent University as well as prominent professors of international institutions. The area of expertise of all five faculties will be covered in the lectures and activities.

Health and Migration

Location: Locatie onbekend
Date: 3 July - 12 July
Costs: 475 euros
Application deadline: 8th of April
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The Summer School 'Health & Migration' has come to its 7th edition. Our goal is to introduce medical students to the reciprocal concepts of Health & Migration in an international context. To reach this goal, we aim to attract students from different backgrounds and nationalities as much as possible. Thus, we aim to stimulate a culturally diverse, interesting debate and broaden the view on the different subjects. The Summer School 'Health & Migration' is open only to health science and medical students.

'Migration and health' are two wide-ranging concepts that are intertwined in many ways. During the lectures we will focus on people, organisms and objects that can cross borders and thus affect health. Futhermore, structures of health care, influencing these movements will be elucidated.

This encompasses the migration of people, either forced or by choice, with topics as: health in refugee camps, legal status of displaced people, pathology, migration and mental health, the brain drain and brain gain, medical tourism and many more. Along with people, micro-organisms cross borders, giving rise to pandemics or being used in biological warfare. All these topics pose serious challenges to human health. Furthermore we will discuss the transport of organs, pharmaceuticals and other consumer goods on the global trading market that affect health. Through lectures and interactive workshops we will look at possible solutions on how to deal with the challenges posed by migration. In addition, we will address the underlying social, economic, cultural, structural and environmental determinants of migration and health. Specifically war and conflict will be discussed, as well as the challenges posed by climate change. In discussing the determinants of migration, special attention will be given to the health of vulnerable groups such as women and children. The different topics will be grouped in thematic days. We try our best to make every session as interactive as possible.

Surgery Summer School

Location: Iași, Roemenië
Date: 10 July - 23 July
Costs: 510 euros
Application deadline: 1st of June
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The Organising Committee is pleased to welcome you to the 10th International Surgery Summer School, an academic event that will take place in Iasi, the cultural center of ROMANIA, between the 10th – 23rd of July 2017.

During these two weeks, you will have the opportunity to learn from the greatest surgeons in Iasi, to practice and work together with them during lectures, lab-work and of course, hospital visits.

Last but not least, you will take part in relaxing trips to the most fascinating tourist attractions in Romania, one at the mountains and one at the Black Sea.

We would be grateful if you could share this information with your colleagues and all those who might be interested in this Surgery Summer School.

Take the challenge and find out if you are really ready to be a surgeon!

Barcelona Global Health Summer School 2017

Location: Barcelona, Spanje
Date: 16 July - 21 July
Costs: 225 euros (10% discount for IFMSA members)
Application deadline: first come, first serve
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The Organising Committee would like to invite you to the Barcelona Global Health Summer School 2017 "Innovation, Access and Health" that will take place from the 16th to the 21st July 2017 in Barcelona, Catalonia – Spain.
The World Health Organisation considers equitable access to effective, safe and affordable drugs, diagnostic devices and preventive tools such as vaccines as vital to the attainment of the highest possible standard of health by all, i.e.: the right to health. Furthermore, access to treatment is a cornerstone of Universal Health Coverage, without which households risk to be impoverished when facing catastrophic health-related expenditures.

Despite that, large parts of the world population do not have access to the tools that will prevent them from being ill, or progress in their diseases, or even die. This could be because either the quality medicines they need exist but are not affordable or accessible to them, or because the disease they experiment has no treatment as it has been neglected by the current research & development model.

The Barcelona Global Health Summer School 2017 will gather key experts in the field to address the causes, contexts, and consequences of the inequitable access to medicines and what to do about it.

This course is addressed to students and young professionals studying and working in health-related fields to provide a broad understanding of the complex issue that is access to medicines, from drug development in university labs to prescribing a medicine, exploring the role of different actors, the impact of intellectual property, the need of political will and the genesis of advocacy and activist movements.
Applications meeting the required profile are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until maximum number of participants is reached. Candidates will be notified of acceptance by email. Interested candidates should apply using the online application form.

Bali International Summer School

Location: Rektorat Universitas Udayana, Kampus Bukit Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan, Jimbaran, Badung, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesië
Date: 10 August - 16 August
Costs: 420 euros early (450 euros late)
Application deadline: April 20th early (late between May 8th and 31st)

Click here for more information and application

Bali International Summer School is an engaging six day summer agenda for participants from all around the world to improve directly knowledge and experience of Emporiatrics from the experts located in a highly stimulating environment, the most popular global traveler destination, magnificent island of the Gods, Bali. For this year, we are bringing you "Emporiatrics: Ground Rules, Overseas Medical, Cultural Diversity, And Current Global Stability In Emerging & Reemerging Disease Outbreak" as our main theme. Let us make this a very summer to remember. See you in Bali!
International congresses

Upcoming events

STI and HIV World Congress

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazilië
Date: 9 July - 12 July
Costs: 20% of the fee, travel and accommodation
Application deadline: 20th of April
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*Please note that you need NMO-support to apply and this takes approximately 3 days*

This Congress represents the biennial joint meeting of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research (ISSTDR) and the International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI), in partnership with their local organizer, the Brazilian Society of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (BSSTD-Rio de Janeiro). The event brings together the most prominent researchers in the field of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, to present new work, hear the latest interpretations of new data from world experts, and discuss the implications of these findings for health policy and delivery of patient care.

Regarding IFMSA's involvement in this event, it's aimed at providing medical students an academic environment to learn about HIV and STI related advancements from a way more scientific approach than we are used to. With IFMSA being a major stakeholder in the HIV response, I'm sure that we'll be able to make the most out of this space as well as voice out the need for future health professionals to be more involved in the field of STI and HIV prevention and research.

General Remarks:
*Delegates are requested to actively participate in the delegation's preparation process for the meeting and contribute to working on IFMSA's strategy for this meeting.
*Unfortunately, IFMSA won't be able to financially support neither travel nor accommodation for the meeting. However, we will issue letters of support that will help you in your fundraising efforts, if needed.
*There's the possibility of having local students providing solidarity accommodation. Now, this is something not final but that we are definitely looking into.
*The maximum number of selected individuals will be 30.

Selection Criteria: The preliminary selection criteria used is the one that can be found below. Individual scores and comments will be shared to the applicant upon request after the selection.
*Experience in IFMSA (local, national or international).
*Experience in the topic of the meeting and work done at local, national and international levels.
*Potential individual empowerment and expected outcomes at a local, national or international level.
*Regional representation and Gender balance will also be taken into account.

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IFMSA-NL is not liable for any inaccurate information on this page. For further information on these events, we would like to refer you to the original website of the different organizations.