A student doing her medical elective abroad checks blood sugar levels during a community outreach.

Medical Electives Abroad

Learn about the real-world applications of medicine directly from doctors in developing countries

Take your Medical Elective abroad with Projects Abroad and learn directly from doctors in real-world situations. You'll intern in medical facilities like hospitals and clinics, where you'll see diseases and conditions you've only read about in textbooks before.


Whether you choose to take a Medicine, Nursing, or Physiotherapy Elective abroad, you'll get to explore a different country and learn how to adapt to new challenges.


Working in a limited-resource environment will show you how doctors and nurses come up with creative solutions to medical problems. You can also expect to improve your communication skills, something critical for a career in medicine.

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Projects Abroad interns working at an outreach during our medical internship for teenagers in Nepal
Medical Internships in Nepal for Teenagers

From £1220

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Join a group your age on a medical placement and learn from qualified doctors in local hospitals

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A female intern from Projects Abroad is pictured treating a child using a stethoscope on her nursing intership in Nepal.
Nursing Internship in Nepal

From £995

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Shadow nurses in hospitals or clinics and gain practical work experience during outreach work

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A female intern is pictured taking part in testing blood sugar levels whilst on her public health internship in Cambodia.
Public Health Internship in Cambodia

From £1120

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Gain practical healthcare experience and help improve the overall health of people in disadvantaged communities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad Intern giving nutritional advice whilst on nutritional internship in Fiji.
Nutrition Internships in Fiji

From £1590

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Work with professionals and raise awareness in local communities about the importance of healthy living

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
An intern participates in health screenings as part of their medical work experience in Nepal.
Medical Internship in Nepal

From £995

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Gain invaluable medical experience while working alongside knowledgeable nurses and doctors in Nepal

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A group of interns from Projects Abroad during a screening and conducting assessments whilst on theri public health internship in the Phillippines.
Public Health Internship in the Philippines

From £1395

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Gain practical experience conducting basic medical checks and raising awareness to prevent diseases

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad intern assists with testing blood pressure and sugar levels in Sri Lanka whilst on her medical placement.
Medicine Internship in Sri Lanka

From £1440

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Gain medical work experience learning directly from doctors in hospitals and doing health checks

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Female doctors in the Phillipines with their recent medical internship student.
Medical Internships in the Philippines

From £1370

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Learn directly from doctors in professional medical settings while experiencing life in the Philippines

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Local medical staff with a group of Projects Abroad Medicine interns doing work experience placements in Tanzania.
Medicine Internship in Tanzania

From £1540

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Learn directly from doctors and do health checks during outreaches in this vibrant African country

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
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Students doing their medical electives abroad spend time bonding with local medical professionals.

Why do my Medical Elective abroad?

Doing a medical elective abroad is an opportunity for you to work in a real-world setting and discover what you’re capable of. We can help match you to the elective that best matches your interests and goals.


You can observe neurosurgery first-hand at a world-class hospital in Shanghai, China. You can work a night shift with an ambulance team in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Or, examine an x-ray with a doctor and walk through possible diagnoses at a Maasai community hospital in Tanzania, among others.


It is important to note, however, that the level of hands-on work you’ll get is dependent on the placement and laws of the country you work in.

What type of Electives can I do?

Projects Abroad currently offer seven different Elective placements for university students:


  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Dentistry
  • Midwifery
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy


You can browse a complete list of the Medicine and Healthcare Projects we offer here. If we offer an elective for a specific project, we'll state this on the page.


You can specify which department you’d like to work in. Nursing students, for example, could specialise in adult or child nursing. Medical students can choose from a range of options, including A&E, Orthopaedics, and Obstetrics. Some students prefer to rotate around a number of different departments. If you’re doing a dental elective abroad, you can work in either a dental unit within a large hospital or a dedicated dental practice.


You can let us know your preference when you book your trip.

Why choose Projects Abroad for my Elective?

As a medical student, you’ll know that taking an elective is mandatory in most universities.


We have a great deal of experience working with medical professionals. We know how to arrange a placement that meets your requirements and gives you a full and rewarding experience, wherever you choose to travel with us. We also provide 24/7 in-country support to make sure your time abroad runs as smoothly as possible.


We arrange your accommodation, three meals a day, and insurance, as well as transport to and from your placement where necessary. You’ll be allocated an experienced medical supervisor at your placement, whether you’re working at a hospital, clinic, or a specialist practice. This supervisor will sign university paperwork as well.

Can't find what you're looking for?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom Medical Elective for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers or interns themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small.

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