Applications for 2025 are now open.

2024 applications are still open for a limited amount of departments (all surgical, trauma and emergency departments are filled to capacity across all training hospitals)

2023 applications have closed as we have reached capacity.

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).