A student doing her medical elective abroad checks a patient's temperature 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. We offer medical electives in Africa, Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean.

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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An intern participates in health screenings as part of their medical work experience in Nepal.

From £995

Medical Internship in Nepal
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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
Projects Abroad intern assists with testing blood pressure and sugar levels in Sri Lanka whilst on her medical placement.

From £1,440

Medicine Internship in Sri Lanka
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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 Medical intern treats a local woman's finger at a Public Health Outreach programme during her Medical placement in Ghana.

From £1,370

Medical Internships in Ghana
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Gain work experience while learning directly from doctors in hospitals and doing health checks

  • 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.

From £1,540

Medicine Internship in Tanzania
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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
An expecting mother has a health check done by a Projects Abroad Midwifery intern in Sri Lanka.

From £1,780

Midwifery Internship in Sri Lanka
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Gain work experience and learn directly from local midwives in different maternity units at hospitals

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 4 weeks
Australian intern on a nursing internship in Tanzania with Proejcts Abroad takes a photo with colleagues during her work experience.

From £1,540

Nursing Internship in Tanzania
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Learn directly from experienced nurses in Tanzanian hospitals and do outreach work

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
A Projects Abroad intern is pictured watching over a doctor as part of their physiotherapy internship in Sri Lanka.

From £1,440

Physiotherapy Internship in Sri Lanka
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Learn directly from physiotherapists and gain work experience in beautiful Sri Lanka

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
A female intern from Projects Abroad is pictured treating a child using a stethoscope on her nursing intership in Nepal.

From £995

Nursing Internship in Nepal
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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 Projects Abroad Medicine intern listens as a doctor explains the results of an x-ray at a hospital in Vietnam.

From £1,540

Medical Internships in Vietnam
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Gain medical work experience by learning directly from skilled doctors in a hospital department of your choice

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
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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.

Students doing their medical electives abroad spend time bonding with local medical professionals.

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 projects where we offer electives above. Alternatively, you can look at all of our Medicine and Healthcare Projects 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.

A medical elective student checks a patient with a local doctor during a medical outreach in Guadalajara

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.

Medical elective interns abroad pose for a photo next to an 'Equator' sign in Nanyuki, Kenya

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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