At her clinical placement, a medical elective student examines a child’s vital signs during an outreach.

Medical Student Elective Placements

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

Do a unique medical elective with us 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. 

We currently offer seven different elective placements for university students, including: 

You can specify which clinical placement department you’d like to work in when you apply. 

Nursing students, for example, could specialise in adult or paediatric 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 dental electives abroad, you can work in either a dental unit within a large hospital or a dedicated dental practice. Unsure of what to do? Get in touch with us to discuss numerous medical elective ideas. 

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

Choose a Medical Project

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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?

Our elective year placements for medical students are 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 suits your interests and goals. 

Here are some tasks and observations our previous students have done on medicine electives:  

It’s important to note that the level of hands-on medical elective experiences you’ll get is dependent on the placement and laws of the country you work in. You can read more here about our ethics and code of conduct for medical volunteering and internships.

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

Why choose Projects Abroad for my medical elective?

As a medical student, you’ll know that taking an elective is mandatory in most universities. Here are some reasons to  choose Projects Abroad for your medical work experience abroad: 

  • You’ll be allocated an experienced medical supervisor at your elective placement, whether you’re working at a hospital, clinic, or a specialist practice. This supervisor will sign university paperwork as well.
  • We provide 24/7 in-country support to make sure your time abroad runs as smoothly as possible.
  • We arrange your accommodation with a local host family or in organised accommodation. 
  • You’ll have insurance, as well as the transport to and from your placement where necessary. 

We have a great deal of experience working with medical professionals of various ages and career stages. We also 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. 

Still unsure about doing a medical student elective placement? Read our popular blog post about why you should consider doing a medical elective abroad.

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 student elective placement for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small.

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