Please note: applications for 2021 are closed. Enquiries:

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The UCT Faculty of Health Sciences elective program aims to provide International visiting students wishing to complete electives at the health care institutions in the Western Cape, a rewarding elective experience. We aim to  place students in departments and hospitals closest to their first choice.

The elective fee is aligned 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 2021 are closed. Enquiries email

We require the following for your application to be considered:  

  • Subject line: 2021 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