Elective application: Local students

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Do the following if you are a student studying medicine fulltime at a South African medical school. (If you are studying outside South Africa, you need to follow the instructions for International students, even if you are a South African citizen.)

Step 1

Send an email to our Electives Office with the following details:

  • Your name and contact details
  • Your nationality
  • Name of your university (including city and country) and years of registration.
  • How many years of formal, full-time clinical training you have received
  • The elective(s) you would like to apply for, in order of preference
  • Requested duration of the elective in weeks, and proposed starting date or dates.

You may apply for more than one elective. As a rule you will only be accepted for an elective in a single department, but you may request to split your elective visit between two departments if you wish.

We will then reply to you with further information, and will supply you with an application form if appropriate.

Step 2

You will need to send the following to the Electives Office:

  • Completed application form
  • Letter of recommendation from your University
  • Your academic transcript
  • A copy of your identity card or the identity page of your passport,

You will then be contacted with a decision. We will also need you to provide proof of registration as a medical student with the HPCSA before we can register you.

Step 3 (on arrival)

  1. Report in person to the School Undergraduate Office (4th floor, main medical school building, Medical School, 419 Umbilo Road).
  2. Show your letter of acceptance and proof of identity.
  3. You will be welcomed and assisted to fill out an application form for your UKZN access card, which gives you access to UKZN facilities and the health care facilities associated with the School of Clinical Medicine.
  4. You will then be directed to the Access Card office where you will collect your card. You will have to pay a small fee for this in cash directly to the office.
  5. Return to the Undergraduate Office from where you will be directed to the Department you are visiting.

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