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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Spring Travel, Summer Travel
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

University of Cape Town - FoHS

The Faculty of Health Sciences’ vision is to be a centre of excellence in health sciences that is locally relevant and globally competitive. 

Established over 100 years ago in 1912, the Faculty is the oldest medical school in sub-Saharan Africa, and the top-rated on the continent. With a stellar reputation in education and research we were ranked 48th in the 2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings for clinical, preclinical and health, placing the Faculty in the company of internationally acclaimed universities. We have kept pace with global approaches to academic health sciences, accelerating efforts to improve health on our continent. Our staff have an international reputation for excellence. We have 12 NRF A-rated scientists and 122 rated researchers out of UCT’s 480.  Our 11 000 plus graduates continue to make their mark globally, many having achieved worldwide acclaim in their fields.

The largest of six faculties at UCT, with over 1500 staff and over 4000 students, the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS)  focusses on medical, nursing and the rehabilitation professions; and basic, translational, clinical and public health sciences. Our undergraduate programmes attract the country’s top students, from all communities. In 2015 we registered 2116 undergraduates. Our undergraduate programmes enjoy an excellent throughput -  In 2015 we had a 99 percent pass-rate. Our modernised curriculum is designed to ensure that our undergraduates are fit for purpose, with training and services delivered in facilities across the health system. 

Our fast growing and popular postgraduate registrations reached 2309 (including post-doctorals) for a range of diplomas and degrees, as well as specialist and sub-specialist degrees. Students from across the continent and beyond seek to hone their research skills with us, where cutting edge research on health in low to middle income countries is being spawned.  

The Faculty research enterprise is dynamic and fast growing. Our publications output is the highest at UCT.  We promote interdisciplinary research across our 13 departments through our 34 research groupings. UCT’s largest research entity at UCT, the Institute for Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM), is a postgraduate research enterprise that stands out in Africa through its ability to drive world-class research into high-burden diseases at the laboratory-clinic-community interface. 

In pursuit of our goals, we enjoy partnerships with communities, health services, colleagues and institutions across the country and the continent, and increasingly find synergies with the experiences of the global south.

International Electives
The Faculty offers clinical elective training programmes to international and South African undergraduate students studying our health sciences degree at other institutions.   Students who are accepted to join our elective programmes undergo the same clinical training and exposure to clinical work that our own undergraduate students undergo during their final or penultimate clinical years of 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 2 weeks to 4 months.

Applications should be submitted at least a year in advance of the proposed visit. The reason for this is that most disciplines are fully booked up to a year in advance, and that the process of registering applicants with the Health Professions Council in Pretoria (which must be done before students arrive) takes at least six months.

Training takes place at our teaching hospitals (Groote Schuur Hospital, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital) and associated hospitals (New Somerset Hospital and Victoria Hospital).

Elective Placement Available
All visiting elective students may apply for a placement in the following departments and hospitals under the auspices of the University of Cape Town:

Groote Schuur Hospital - Observatory, Cape Town                                     
Medicine (including sub-specialties) Dermatology
Clinical Haematology  Neurology
Gastroenterology (Medical or Surgical) Paediatrics (Neonatology Unit)
Psychiatry  Oncology
Obstetrics and Gynaecology Radiaology
Radiation Family Medicine
Public Health Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Surgery Neurosurgery
Ophthalmology Otorhinolaryngology
Orthopaedic Surgery Plastic Surgery
Infectious diseases/HIV Medicine Forensic Medicine
(Medical) Emergency or Trama1  
1Emergency Unit: This is where patients come with emergency illnesses and injuries, some of which may be life-threatening. Examples might include sudden severe stomach pains, shortness of breath, or severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea.
1Trauma Unit: Can handle all of the same types of illnesses and injuries that are seen in an Emergency Unit, plus provide multi-disciplinary, comprehensive emergency medical services to patients who have traumatic injuries.Examples of traumatic injuries include those sustained in automobile accidents, gunshot wounds etc. 

Red Cross Children's Hospital             Rondebosch, Cape Town                   
Paediatrics Paediatrics
Paediatrc Trauma Paediatric Neurology                 
Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery  

Somerset Hospital                             Grenn Point, Cape Town                     
Medicine Paediatrics
Obstetrics and Gynaecology Surgery                                  

Victoria Hospital                                      Plumstead, Cape Town                 
General Surgery Trauma              

1. Clinical elective rotation fees
Once you have been informed that we can accommodate you in one of our departments, you can secure the booking by sending us, before your arrival, the completed forms and the fees. This will be detailed in a Provisional Booking email. The registration fees for an international student applying for an elective clerkship through the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Cape Town are currently under review.Please note that the Faculty reserves the right to increase the fees on an annual basis.

2. HPCSA registration fees
All students completing a Clinical Elective must be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). The Faculty's Elective Office will make application on students’ behalf to the HPCSA. However, fees must be paid direct into the HPCSA bank account and proof of payment must be sent to the Faculty Office (via email).

Please note: The HPCSA increases the registration fee annually -usually from 1 April. The updated fee with be communicated to the student.

3. Departmental fees (for non-medical electives)
For electives other than clinical (medical) electives (e.g. Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Biomedical Engineering, Human Biology or Sports Medicine), an additional departmental fee may be payable.

All fees may be paid in the form of an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

Students must make their own arrangements for accommodation. There is no accommodation available in the University residences.

For more information on this elective, please

Jefferson Student Reports/Journals - University of Cape Town
SouthAfrica --UofCapeTown - 2012 SouthAfrica - UofCape Town - 2017


This program is currently not accepting applications.