Apply for the Student Network Organization (SNO) Exchange Program 2020 (Fully-funded to Mexico)

Apply for the Student Network Organization (SNO) Exchange Program 2020 (Fully-funded to Mexico)

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Applications are open for the fourth annual Student Network Organization (SNO) Exchange. This is a unique opportunity to travel to a Mexico City and study at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The exchange program provides, on average, two students with a chance to participate in health system placement in another country, and usually on another continent!

During the exchange they expect to work with a group consisting of students from various backgrounds and professions. The collaboration will consist of two parts: 1. digital collaboration and 2. on-site visits.

This group will work together on the analysis of a health system (Mexican Health System) from an inter-professional viewpoint. The collaboration will be digital months before the TUFH 2020 conference (6-7 months approximately) through video-conference and email. Tutors from UNAM’s public health department will be working alongside the aforementioned students as well as students from the UNAM.

After the digital collaboration portion of the program, students will visit Mexico to spend two and a half weeks learning about the function and organization of the Mexican Health System first hand through site visits and coursework. The on-site program consists of visiting the three large networks and their three tier levels of health care in Mexico including a visit to a private hospital and the Ministry of Health. In the afternoons the students will have a class on the health system and a discussion group. During the two and a half weeks the students will finish writing the paper, adding their experiences and analysis after visiting the sites.

After the exchange, the winners will attend the TUFH 2020 conference and present their project during one of the sessions.


  • Immersive experience in a different health care system 
  • Unique from other exchange programs through inclusion of different health care professions 
  • Personal development through exposure to another country and culture, and self-reflection 
  • Meeting other health care students and sharing experiences, making friends
  • Unique academic experience through learning about the differences between host and native country
  • Breaking barriers and stereotypes among students and staff and promoting intercultural and multidisciplinary collaboration 
  • Accessible to students of all socio-economic backgrounds, awarded based on merit
  • Return economy flight to Mexico City
  • Fully paid accommodation during the exchange
  • Attendance TUFH 2020 conference (registratrion is covered)
  • Fully paid accommodation during the TUFH 2020 conference

As part of the SNO Exchange award, you are fully sponsored to attend the The Network: Towards Unity For Health (TUFH) 2020 annual conference in Mexico City, Mexico. Full sponsorship includes fully paid registration fee, travel and accommodation for the duration of the exchange as well as during the TUFH conference, and a health care department placement.


  • Ideally second year or older students
  • SNO/GEMx member with membership certificate (become SNO member here)
  • Currently enrolled students with a valid student ID
  • Legally allowed to leave your university
  • Commit your time maximumly to the exchange
  • Winners of Student Projects for Health, Projects that Work, and GEMx regional exchange grants, will not be considered for the exchange program.
  • Past winners will not be considered for the exchange program.
  • Student must receive a VISA for Mexico, if needed.
  • Student must participate in all online collaborations prior to TUFH 2020, or the exchange will be cancelled!
  • The winner will need to provide all documents required by UNAM and the Mexican Government (more details after winner selection)


As part of the SNO Exchange award, you are fully sponsored to attend the The Network: Towards Unity For Health (TUFH) 2020 annual conference in Mexico City, Mexico. You agree to abide by all local laws of the country and the terms of your Visa to Mexico. 

The winners will:

  • Write a blog every about their exchange in the TUFH Online Community
  • Receive their award at the ECFMG/FAIMER Cocktail Reception at TUFH 2020
  • Provide feedback for the next year on the Exchange (as follow up)


When applying students will need to provide:

  • SNO membership certificate or Institutional school from GEMx
  • Student ID
  • Letter of recommendation from dean / faculty member
  • Letter of commitment to complete the exchange (both the digital collaboration and the on-site visit) and attend the TUFH 2020 conference 
  • CV
  • Profile photo 
  • Motivation letter, including, but not restricted to, answers to the following questions: 
    • Why should you receive this award? 
    • What makes you stand out from other health sciences students? 
    • What are some characteristics of the health system in your country?

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit SNO Exchange.