Houston Methodist Hospital has entered into an agreement with all 4 Hungarian medical schools (University of Debrecen, Semmelweis University, University of Szeged, University of Pecs) to provide 12 week credit-bearing senior electives to medical students who are in their last year of education (apply for the program during 6th year).

The rotations begin four times a year. The exact dates will be determined by HMAA at the beginning of May 2023. (Interview date: 4/24/23)

The purpose of the Program is to facilitate the exchange of medical students as well as expand the experience and knowledge between the involved medical universities. With this program the HMAA allows students develop improved medical knowledge and establish long term professional relationships, that in turn fosters improved healthcare in Hungary.

This program is sponsored and managed by the Hungarian Medical Association of America, HMAA.

Students may take the following electives

  • Vascular Surgery/Surgery
  • Anesthesiology/ICU
  • Neurology/Stroke Unit

Please note that these electives are subject to availability at the time of the rotation.


Students are expected to cover:

  • Round trip air transportation
  • Health insurance
  • Medical liability insurance/Malpractice – Full  fee for students: 1000 USD
  • Meal costs
  • Housing
  • Cost of books, materials if required

Financial Support

  • Pallas Athéné Innovációs és Geopolitikai Alapítvány (PAIGEO): estimated 1816 USD support (per person for 3 months based on the 2022-2023 academic year stipend) for maximum 4-6 (per academic year) of the Hungarian* students who participate in the Houston Exchange program (no need for additional application, the decision made by the HMAA based on the interview and application results). – ON HOLD

Eligibility: only for the Hungarian students from the Hungarian/English Language Program

Who can apply?

The program is open to students with the Hungarian heritage of all Hungarian medical schools. Medical students who are in their 6th year of education at the beginning of  September 2023.

Medical students with Hungarian heritage may apply from both the Hungarian and English language programs.

Only HMAA members can apply for the exchange program (membership is free for medical students, for further information visit the HMAA home page).

Students must apply only to one location from the HMAA Exchange Programs! It is not possible to apply for more (Buffalo, Houston)!

Deadline: applications must be emailed by April 1, 2023 by midnight (CET).

Applications emailed later than this date will not be accepted.

Only online applications will be accepted.


All should be submitted by email in one pdf document named as the applicant

  • Completed Application Form
  • Hungarian or English credit transcript from year 1 onwards – scanned original
  • Statement of the medical student status – scanned original
  • Curriculum vitae (in English) – scanned original signed
  • Letter of motivation/intent (in English) – scanned original signed
  • Passport size photo – scanned original

The application must be complete, otherwise, it will be automatically rejected.

For further information contact the program coordinator.

The personal interview will take place on April 24, 2023 ( Location: Semmelweis University, Directorate of International Relations- 1091 Budapest -Üllői u.25. Room nr. 220- Dr Pop Marcel’s office)

All students must submit a written Exit Interview to the Department of International Relations of Semmelweis University and to the HMAA  after the end of the rotation. 

All students are encouraged to attend the Balatonfüred congress of the HMAA Hungary Chapter in August, 2023.( earn plus points for your presentation/research/ HMAA activity)

How to submit your application

One copy to be emailed to:

Zsolt Garami, MD

Co-Director HMAA Student Exchange Program

One copy to be emailed to:

Semmelweis University

Directorate of International Relations

One copy to be emailed to:

HMAA Hungary Chapter

Houston Application 2022.pdf