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The UCT Faculty of Health Sciences has undertaken a review of its elective program with the intention to provide International visiting students wishing to complete electives at the health care institutions in the Western Cape a more rewarding elective experience.

In order to do this, we have changed the manner in which we review and place potential applicants. The number of enquiries for placements increase annually in relation to the number of placements available at our teaching hospitals. The capacity to attend to each student has therefore become impossible, and we understand that this has led to frustration and delays in placements.

The elective fee is aligned with the with the student fees for medical students in South Africa.

The process is as follows:
Students may stay for a minimum two week elective rotation per department/division, depending on availability and capacity.


Clinical Elective: R 7 500 per two week rotation (includes the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) registration fee)

Observation only: R 5 000

Research: R 5 000

Physiotherapy students: R 5 000 (includes HPCSA registration fee)

SADC students: R 2 500 per two week rotation

Applications for 2020 are closed. Enquiries email

We require the following for your application to be considered:  

  • Subject line: 2020 Elective Placement 

  • UCT Application Form 

  • A CV outlining your level/exposure of practical experience

  • A proof of registration from your university

  • A certified copy of a valid passport

All placements are subject to availability.

Thank you

The Elective Office