Updated 1 November 2021: Due to travel restrictions in place related to the COVID-19 pandemic, The University of Sydney Medical School will not be accepting elective placement applications or making elective placement offers to students from international medical schools until further notice. This includes applications for the whole of 2022.
An update for students from Australian and New Zealand medical schools will be provided in early 2022 for placements commencing from March 2022.
Before you apply for an elective placement, first check the availability of your preferred department (pdf, 69KB) and be aware of the checks and clearances you will need to complete before you can undertake this placement.
All correspondence about electives must be with the Electives Coordinator directly. Even if the department has said they can take an elective student, departments may be unaware of the actual availability.
Please note: we are unable to offer elective placements to students from universities where the majority of teaching is delivered online. Students are expected to have a reasonable amount of prior clinical experience.
To make an initial application for an elective with us please submit the following documents to the Electives Coordinator via email or post:
All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via email. If you are successful, you must submit additional mandatory documentation within 6 weeks.
These documents include:
Please do not book flights or accommodation until we have notified you that you are NSW Health compliant.
Applications for 2020 are now closed and no further placements will be offered.
Before you attend a placement in a NSW Ministry of Health facility, you will need to meet certain requirements to be verified by the NSW Ministry of Health to ensure your safety and that of other students, staff and patients.
Please review the clinical placement checks and clearances and complete and submit all documentation in the format that is requested.
A certified copy is a copy of a document that has been endorsed and signed by an authority figure – a solicitor, lawyer, Justice of the Peace or a Notary Public – as being a true copy of the original document.
Application and elective fees are payable online at OneStop via Visa or Mastercard.
Application and elective fees are payable online at OneStop via Visa or Mastercard (not currently accepting payments).
We generally do not grant refunds if you have to cancel your placement unless your reasons for cancellation are deemed exceptional. If granted, only the elective fee will be refunded and the amount refunded will be based on your date of notification.
Date of notification
|Six or more months prior to the start date of your placement||75% of the elective fee|
|Less than six months and more than three months prior to the start date of your placement||50% of the elective fee|
|Three months or less to the start of your placement||No refund|