The Dent Neurological Institute has entered into an agreement with the four Hungarian medical universities (Semmelweis University, University of Debrecen, University of Pecs, University of Szeged) to provide 8 week credit-bearing senior electives to medical students who are in their 6th year of education (apply for the program during 5th year)

The rotations begin four times a year, approximately in July, September, and December of next year and March of the year following the next. The exact dates will be determined by HMAA (shortly after the interview).

The purpose of the program is to facilitate the exchange of students as well as experience and knowledge between the involved medical universities. With this program the HMAA contributes and provides broad medical knowledge to young Hungarian physicians who are entering the Hungarian health care system.

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

Students may take the following electives

  • Headache Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Child Neurology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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 (coordinated by HMAA) is appr. 200-300 USD for 2 months
  • Meal costs (some Buffalo departments provide meal tickets for use in the hospital)
  • Students accepted for the program will contribute to their housing in the amount of 500 USD per month (1000 USD total)


Financial Support (not provided by HMAA)

Pallas Athéné Innovációs és Geopolitikai Alapítvány (PAIGEO): estimated 1210 USD support (per person for 2 months based on the 2022/2023 academic year stipend) for all the Hungarian* students who participate in the Buffalo Exchange program (no need for additional application).  – on HOLD until further notice.

Eligibility: Hungarian students (per academic year) who participate in the Buffalo Exchange Program and are from the Hungarian and English Language Program


Who can apply?

The program is opened 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 2024.

Only 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 15th, 2024 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 17, 2024 (Location: Semmelweis University, Directorate of International Relations – 1091 Budapest, Üllői u. 25. Room nr. 220 – Dr. Marcel Pop’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 HMAA Summer Conference of the HMAA Hungary Chapter in August 23-24th, 2024. (earn plus points for your presentation/research/ HMAA activity


How to submit your applcation


One copy to be emailed to:

Amanda C. McFayden, B.S. – HMAA Student Exchange Program Coordinator – Buffalo
Dent Neurologic Institute – Office of Dr. Laszlo Mechtler
Office: (716) 558-5668

One copy to be emailed to:

Zsolt Garami, MD – Co-Director HMAA Student Exchange Program

One copy to be emailed to:

Directorate of International Relations at Semmelweis University

One copy to be emailed to:
HMAA Hungary Chapter

Buffalo Application 2022.pdf