For electives, apply to all the University of Cape Town hospitals via the university, but note that most elective places are filled up to a year in advance. The processing of applications can take several months. You may well be best writing to your destination first. If organised through the university, there is a fee for administration and then you have to pay to register with the South African Medical and Dental Council, giving you permission to practise in the country and covering you for malpractice. Write to the elective coordinator at or

University of Cape Town

Faculty of Medicine, Anzio Road,

Observatory, Cape Town 7925

Telephone Number: +27 21 650 9111

Fax Number: +27 21 478 955

The UCT also runs a Student Health and Welfare Community Organisation. This consists of UCT students and a doctor going out into townships to run clinics. Previous elective students have found it an excellent experience and it may be worth enquiring about.