Medical Electives to Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka is a popular elective destination offering students a diverse medical placement and the chance to explore ancient ruins, relax on beautiful beaches and take a safari…

Our medical elective placements are arranged together with the consultation of a leading public university medical faculty and teaching hospital. These include the Asiri Surgical Hospital, Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Childcare and Pediatrics and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Apart from ward-based learning, students can work in one of several medical laboratories within the hospital or in one of the preclinical or Para clinical departments of the Faculty of Medicine. There are several state-of-the-art medical and research laboratories that come under the purview of these departments.

There are a range of preclinical, paraclinical and clinical specialities and medical / research laboratories available.

Elective Specialities Include…




General Surgery


Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Public Health








Surgical Intensive Care

Medical Intensive Care


Internal Medicine

What we offer


  • Accommodation
  • Three meals a day
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Full induction and orientation on arrival
  • Transport to and from your work placement
  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers
  • Certification of project completion
  • Pre depature support and advice
  • Certificate of participation and references/referral

Not Included: 

Flights, insurance, visa, additional excursions, 

Elective Costing

Duration Cost
Two Weeks £750
Three Weeks £1,000
Four Weeks £1,200
Five Weeks £1,375
Six Weeks £1,500
Seven Weeks £1,600
Eight Weeks £1,700

We had a lovely time in Sri Lanka. The homestay was lovely, and we thoroughly enjoyed the local dishes.

We were based at the teaching hospital in Galle and during our placement, we had plenty of opportunities to observe the Sri Lankan hospital system. We were fully supported by the local team. 

Lynne, Emily & Veronica

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will there be somebody at the airport to meet me?

    A Medical Electives Abroad representative would be there to receive you at the airport, holding placards, displaying your name. You’ll be picked up from the airport and taken by car to your accommodation. You need to send us their arrival information at least 10 days in advance so that we can facilitate your airport pickup.

  • How safe is Sri Lanka?

    Sri Lanka has been nominated by Lonely Planet as the best destination for travelling in 2019.

    Sri Lanka is a country of diverse cultures and practices. Like in any new foreign country, we advise students to follow the guidelines specified by the elective coordinator to enjoy their Sri Lankan experience fully. The coordinators are always ready to help and give helpful safety tips. During the first day of the orientation, you will be given safety guidelines and will be informed about the do’s and dont’s.

  • What immunizations/vaccinations will I need ?

    All participants are recommended to consult their physician or travel doctor before travelling to Sri Lanka.

  • Do I need to get health insurance?

    Yes, for all participants, it is mandatory to have a valid travel medical insurance for their trip. We can help you with this cover if you need assistance. If you already have a valid Travel and Medical insurance please email this to our team before you travel. It is also advised to bring along the Insurance documents during your trip.

  • I want to know more about accommodation and food arrangements

    Students are provided accommodation in a volunteer resort or in a homestay (on request). Our accommodation is managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to our elective students throughout their stay.

  • Can vegetarians be accommodated?

    Yes, that is not a problem at all. In fact, volunteers are served vegetarian meals at the accommodations in Sri Lanka.