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 until further notice. Please check this website in June 2021 for any updates. Should state and national borders re-open, or restrictions be lifted earlier, we will post an update on this website.
The University of Sydney Northern Clinical School welcomes elective applications from international and Australian medical students in their final or penultimate years of medical studies. Elective placements are provided on the basis that they are “clinical electives”, which do not fulfill course requirements for experience in specific disciplines.
Electives are offered for between 3 weeks minimum, to 8 weeks maximum. Please note that we are unable to offer elective placements to students from universities where the majority of teaching is delivered online as students are expected to have a reasonable amount of prior experience in taking histories and examining patients in a clinical setting.
Available placements are outlined below. Please review these tables before filling in your preferences on the application form.
Due to the unforeseen coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the significant impact on health services and our clinical academic workforce, Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney will not be making any elective placement offers until further notice. Please check this website in June 2021 for any updates.
Applications for 2020 are now closed and no further placements will be offered.
To make an initial application for an elective with the Northern Clinical School, students are required to submit the following documents via email. Please ensure that you have signed every page of the application package before submitting it as unsigned applications will be returned for signing.
Once a placement is offered, students are required to pay the application fee and supply the following documentation via email or post:
Students should not pay any fees until a formal offer is made. Application and elective fees are payable online at OneStop (not currently accepting payments) upon acceptance of a formal offer.
Students may be able to postpone their placement as long as the student provides at least 3 months notice and as long as the new commencement date is within 12 months. If the 12 month deferment period lapses with no new placement commencing, the elective fee becomes non-refundable.
Please note, it is the student’s responsibility to make contact in regard to a new placement once the next year’s placements have been released. Students are liable for any fee increases that take place during their deferment period.
It is not the policy of the University of Sydney to offer a refund for elective payments. However, a refund will be considered if a student can provide a valid reason with supporting documents. Refunds are based on the date of notification outlined in the following table:
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|
It is the responsibility of the overseas applicant to contact their nearest Australian Consulate with respect to visa requirements. A tourist visa will allow entry and stay in Australia for the purpose of study/training for a period of up to 3 months.
It is assumed that overseas elective students will have a reasonable proficiency of intermediate English before commencing an elective placement. A minimum English level of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 600 (100-iBT, 250-CBT) is required and should have their University state this in their letter of good standing.
There are mandatory vaccinations required before you can train in any NSW health facility. Please see NSW Health policy directive for more information.
Elective students must always identify themselves as students and their status should be recorded on entries into patient records. Elective students may not:
Read our frequently asked questions (pdf, 74.4KB) for more information.