Research Exchanges

New applications for the summer of 2017 will start on the 25th October. 

You can find the information in the powerpoint attached.
(see bottom of the page)

Infosession will be 25th October 6 pm, GA1. 

Deadline will be Wednesday 9th November, 23:59.

 You can always contact the LORE (local officer on research exchange) Lukas Driesen & Eef Vanerwegen on 


A four week research project abroad, endorsed by the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME).


BeMSA is the acronym of Belgian Medical Students’ Association, it is the students’ organization that unites all medical faculties in Belgium. Beside of the many awareness projects organized, and the representation of medical students on an international level, BeMSA also organizes exchanges.

International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) is a federation, covering medical students’ organizations of more than 100 countries all over the world, and as such representing more than 1.5 million students.

IFMSA is recognized as a non-governmental organization within the United Nations’ system and the World Health Organization and as well, it is a student chapter of the World Medical Association. For more than 60 years, IFMSA has existed to bring together the global medical students community at the local, national and international level on social and health issues, and by organizing exchanges.


The Standing Committee on Research Exchange (SCORE) is one of the six standing committees of IFMSA, and works on organizing research exchanges.

Through BeMSA and IFMSA, we as students from Leuven now also can participate in the research exchanges. These are on the local level of Leuven organized by a joint team of LVSO and BeMSA.

The person in charge in Leuven is the Local Officer on Research Exchanges, Eef Vanerwegen and Lukas Driesen. On a national level the research exchanges are maintained and coordinated by the National Officer on Research Exchanges, Johanna Jacobs.

 The basis of the Research Exchange (RE) program are the so called bilateral contracts, meaning that for every student that goes abroad, a student from that country comes to Belgium.

All countries have their own Exchange Conditions (EC) that determine the information about the research exchange program that they provide for the incoming students. This information includes the available towns and periods, application documents needed, working conditions and vaccinations or required equipment, deadlines for sending the documents etc.

Hence it is important to have a look at these, on , before applying for a certain country.

A Research Exchange is a one month-during research-oriented internship, mostly during summer, for all students of the faculty of Medicine. The student will, under supervision of a tutor, be guided through the basic principles of research such as literature studies, collecting information, scientific writing, data gathering & laboratory work and statistical analysis. This can be both on a fundamental science research project or on a more clinical oriented one.

Of course there is some recreation beside of the research work, and you can experience the local culture during the social program. During these optional activities you will meet other students and learn more about the host country.

On top of that, every student gets a contact person assigned, who will help you with any questions, introduce you to the tutor, accompanies you during social program. This person will also be your contact in case of troubles of any kind.


We have signed contracts with 25 countries, listed below.

The available months, subjects of the projects etc. depend on the country. Check for the Exchange Conditions.


 Open for all students, from 1st year till 4th (= 1st Master)
 Also for biomedical, pharmaceutical and any other field of study.
We also accept 5th year’s students of biomedical sciences.


In the summer of 2017 the countries are: Canada-Québec*, Canada CFMS, Denmark, Korea, Catalonia, Ghana, Italy, Romania*, Spain, Japan*, Brazil (DENEM)*, IFMSA Brazil, Finland, Austria, Croatia, Israel, Czech Republic, Turkey, Switzerland**, Norway, Taiwain*, Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Germany, Portugal*, Poland, Chile.

*Only medical students allowed
**Only “Functional Assessment of Human Spinal Corld Injury” + medical student + fluent German required


For more information about these countries, also have a look at

Price: €400 for 4 weeks

  • Research project
  • Lodging
  • Boarding 1 meal/day
  • Contact Person
  • The time of your live and everlasting friendships!
  • Not included:
  •     (National) Social Program
  •    visiting scholar KULeuven (100 euro)
  • Transport

This money will be used for the costs of the incoming student from your host country.

If you would like to gain more insight in how a day on research exchange looks like, I advise you to have a look at the promotional video of Portugal, which won the video contest on the IFMSA General Assembly in Tunisia.