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Visiting student clinical electives

RCSI welcomes enquiries from overseas medical students, currently registered and in good standing, wishing to participate in a clinical elective programme.

Clinical electives are of four weeks duration in any one clinical specialty. Electives are only available during the summer months of July and August.

A limited number of visiting students are accepted during the academic year (September to June) for those registered at medical schools with a formal agreement with RCSI.

Completed applications must be received seven months prior to your preferred start date. Successful applicants will be advised four months in advance of the location and start date of the elective following which students will be required to registered their acceptance and send a euro bank draft for €200 made payable to RCSI. Upon receipt of these documents students will be informed of the allocated specialty. 

Students are invited to select three specialities. Basic clerkship in the elective speciality must be 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 examination boards for visiting students.

The application form may be downloaded and forwarded to the SARA Clinical (contact addresses listed below).

The application form must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • reference letter from the Dean of the Medical School
  • official transcript of examination results
  • certification of immunisation (hepatitis B, tuberculosis, mumps, measles, rubella)
  • evidence of medical indemnity
  • personal health insurance

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

For additional information contact:

Clinical Support Team
Student, Academic & Regulatory Affairs (SARA)
Smurfit Building, 
Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9. Ireland
Telephone: +353 1 8093746