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Visiting student clinical electives

RCSI welcomes enquiries from overseas medical students wishing to undertake clinical electives in RCSI-affiliated hospitals.

Students must be currently registered and in good standing in their home institutions, and in their final year at the time of undertaking the elective. In instances where capacity is limited, clinical elective placements will be reserved for students of overseas institutions with whom RCSI has pre-existing affiliation agreements.

Clinical electives are capped at four weeks in duration in any one clinical specialty. We are currently unable to accommodate longer electives through the Erasmus-Plus programme. Electives are only available during the summer months of July and August, except for students of institutions with whom RCSI has affiliation agreements. Applications from students at those institutions will be processed centrally at the home institution.

Completed applications must be received at least seven months prior to your preferred start date. Successful applicants will be advised at least four weeks in advance of the location and start date of the elective. Following this, students will be required to register their acceptance and send a Euro bank draft for €200 made payable to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Upon receipt of these documents students will be informed of the allocated specialty.

Students are invited to select six specialities. A basic clerkship in the elective specialty must have been completed. Although electives are not outlined on the website, we will endeavour to accommodate your preferences.

The Dean of Medical Faculty will not provide certification of clinical training for the examination boards of visiting students.

The following forms must be downloaded and forwarded to the Electives Faculty Coordinator in Clinical SARA (contact details below):

The Visiting Student Checklist details all of the required documentation that must be provided in support of an application for a Clinical Elective.

Housing is not provided by the RCSI but information regarding short-term accommodation can be provided.

For additional information contact:

Electives Faculty Coordinator
Student Academic & Regulatory Affairs (SARA)
ERC Smurfit Building, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, D09 YD60, Ireland
Telephone: +353 1 809 3828
Emailincomingelectives@rcsi.ie