About the electives scheme
The University of Auckland provides an Overseas Electives Scheme for final year medical students from overseas medical schools to undertake a clinical placement at hospitals in the Auckland region.
Competitive student placements
Placements for overseas elective students are generally available only in areas not currently involved in teaching the University of Auckland medical students. Opportunities for overseas elective students are therefore limited to some specialty areas only. Elective opportunities related to medical and surgical specialties are generally only available to Overseas Elective students.
There is an extremely high demand for elective placements in the Auckland region and therefore we cannot guarantee placement to all applicants. Overseas Electives students attached to the more specialised aspects of medicine and surgery may be able to take part in other activities offered in the hospital of attachment and, if appropriate, in the teaching arrangements of the School of Medicine. Such additional arrangements may include medical and surgical Grand Rounds, radiology teaching, service and unit conferences and seminars.
All additional opportunities are subject to space availability and as such are not guaranteed to Overseas Elective Students.
In order to be admitted to this scheme a student must:
- Be a genuine medical student in their final year of study, having completed at least two years clinical study at the time of the elective
- Be competent in clinical English. If English is not your first language or you have not undertaken your medical studies in English, then you must provide an IELTS certificate showing you have achieved the standard of 7.5 or better
- Agree that the purpose of the experience is elective and not core undergraduate training
Priority will be given to those students:
- Enrolled in a member university of the Universitas 21, APRU or WUN networks
- Enrolled in a university located in the Pacific Rim region
- Enrolled in an overseas university where scholarship or reciprocal arrangements exist with the University of Auckland’s School of Medicine
Please note: Students from German Universities are usually not eligible as the University of Auckland cannot provide core clinical training and is not able to verify documentation.
- The University of Auckland does not provide any formal endorsement that the elective experience is the equivalent in terms of the rights and duties as the University of Auckland final year medical students because it is often not supervised under the auspices of a University teacher/department in a University teaching hospital. Elective students fit in around the needs of the University’s own students on their core attachments. In the core clinical attachments our final year students are expected to contribute to the care of about 1/3 of the patients under the care of the doctor or team. Core attachment learning for Auckland students is therefore carefully monitored, whereas elective students have some latitude to devise specific activities to suit their own learning goals.
- Overseas Elective placements are to be no more than eight weeks in duration.
- All Overseas Electives are administered by the Overseas Electives Coordinator, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.
- It is not possible for overseas elective students to be enrolled in the University as the elective scheme is not recognised as a formal course.
- The University’s internet and email services are available on request but other student services are not. This includes access to University Accommodation and to Student Health and Counselling services.
- Once confirmed all Overseas Electives placements are considered final. Changes to dates and placement may not be possible due to high demand for placements.
- All Overseas Elective students should provide evidence of appropriate insurance for the duration of their stay. This included Malpractice Insurance and Health and Travel Insurance.
Overseas Elective Coordinator
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences