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About Clinical Elective Placements

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences offers a clinical elective training programme to international and South African undergraduate students studying a health sciences degree at other institutions. 

The clinical elective training offered by UCT is complimentary to the clinical training that visiting students should have received at their home institution before they arrive. 

Students from other institutions are required to have had the requisite clinical training and exposure to patients to be able to undertake the elective. Electives at the institution are only offered to students in the final or penultimate year of their studies, and students must have had at least two years of clinical training.

Only students in their final or semi-final year of study at other institutions may be considered for placement in a variety of disciplines, for elective periods ranging from two weeks to four months.

Training takes place at our teaching hospitals (Groote Schuur Hospital, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital) and associate hospitals (New Somerset Hospital,Victoria Hospital, Mitchells Plain District Hospital, Knysna Hospital and George Regional Hospital).

Applications should be submitted at least a year in advance of the proposed visit  as most disciplines are fully booked up to a year in advance.

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