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

Medical Electives Abroad

Enhance your studies by taking on an exciting and different challenge overseas.

Step out of your comfort zone and take your Elective one step further with our range of medical placements in developing countries. You'll improve your skills and learn about medical practice in a completely different environment; an Elective experience you won’t receive back home.

Why choose to do my Medical Elective abroad?

Completing a Medical Elective in a developing country will expose you to techniques and illnesses that are rarely seen in the UK. Working in a limited-resource environment will also push you to become more innovative and force you to seek creative solutions to medical problems. Often, cases are more advanced than you would see in a Western hospital, due to a patient’s inability to pay for initial treatment.

You’ll get the chance to learn alongside skilled local professionals, who will share their knowledge and teach you about the healthcare issues of your host country. While abroad, you will also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture, and experience life with a host family.

It’s a challenge, but a rewarding one. Expand your horizons and gain medical expertise on a worthwhile Elective placement abroad, which can be tailor-made to suit your interests and requirements. Kickstart your future career in the healthcare field with a new skillset and a broader knowledge of global medical issues.

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 the Medicine and Healthcare Projects we offer here. If we offer an elective for a specific project, we'll state this on the page.

Students are able to specify which department they’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. Let us know your preference when you apply!

Why choose Projects Abroad for my Elective?

Projects Abroad has over 25 years of experience collaborating with medical professionals. We know how to arrange a placement that meets your requirements and gives you a full and rewarding experience of the country in which you are based. Unlike other providers, our Electives are offered in many countries around the world, so you have a wide range of exciting options to choose from.

We arrange your accommodation, meals, insurance, and transport to and from your placement where necessary. You will be supervised by seasoned medical professionals at your placement, whether you’re working at a hospital, clinic or a practice dedicated to your specialism.

Finally, Projects Abroad provide strong pre-departure and 24/7 in-country support to make sure your time abroad runs as smoothly as possible.

Can't find what you're looking for? 

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project 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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