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MED-2520 International semester (30 ECTS)

Do you want to spend a semester abroad and study together with medical students from many different countries? Come to UiT The Arctic University of Norway!

MED-2520 International semester is the 7th semester of the Medical study program at UiT. The semester is in English and is designed to give Norwegian and international  medical students the opportunity to study together in Tromsø.

Course period

The course starts the second week of August and is completed with written exam in December. 

In addition to teaching together with Norwegian students, international students have extra clinical teaching in October when the Norwegian students are working on their thesis.

Course content 

Course description: MED-2520

MED-2520 includes the following subjects:

- Women's health (gynecology and obstetrics)

- Children's health (pediatrics)

- Medical genetics

- International health

The semester builds on knowledge in basic human biology, structure and function attained in previous courses. A anatomy, physiology, and pathophysology are also essential parts of MED-2520. The semester will also prepare the students for the practice periods and placements that will follow later in their medical studies.

The main objective of the course is to develop and consolidate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to achieve competence in managing common, acute and severe clinical problems encountered in general practice and in hospitals in the field of women`s and children`s health. The course will also expand the knowledge in medical genetics from previous teaching.

”Global health” covers international health in a broad perspective focusing community medicine, clinical medicine and health research. The term “global health” encompasses health- related topics that are independent of countries, social classes, ethnicity and culture. In the international semester the teaching in women´s and children´s health will also have a global perspective. The teaching will stimulate interest for medical research in the fields of global health in addition to women´s and children´s health. Collaboration with international partners in both epidemiologic and clinical research will also be developed.

UiT the Arctic University of Norway has a special agenda focusing on health conditions and health-related challenges in the arctic region.


- Lectures

- Case groups

- Mentored groups

- E- learning

- Practical clinical teaching

- Skills lab

- Clinical practice and patient encounters

- Written tasks


Three hour written exam, graded as pass/fail. 

Application deadline

April 15



International students learning about the Norwegian health care system (Photo: Øystein Pedersen)

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