An Elective in the Tropics                                                                                                             An Elective amidst Sri Lankan Hospitality and Rich Culture                                                                                                 Get a Taste of Learning in the Second Oldest Medical School in South Asia                                                                         Work in One of the Largest Hospitals in the World

The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Colombo is the second oldest Medical School in South Asia and the forerunner of university education in Sri Lanka. Established in 1870 as the Ceylon Medical College, its status was elevated to the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ceylon by 1942. Until 1995, the MBBS course was on traditional lines. Subsequently, it widened its horizons to spearhead the new medical curriculum that provides a more student-centered learning environment. One of the key features of this curriculum was an Undergraduate Electives Programme.

The Colombo Medical Faculty was the first medical school in Sri Lanka to have introduced an Electives Programme in its undergraduate curriculum. It was done in recognition of medicine as a highly complex and diverse field leading to varied needs and interests of medical students.

With the Global Health initiative and the university objective of developing strategic international links with centres of academic excellence, the Colombo Medical Faculty has extended the Electives Programme to overseas undergraduates in medical and allied health sciences.

We invite you to experience the Sri Lankan perspective of health in an atmosphere of academic excellence and international goodwill.

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Now you have the facility of online registration for overseas elective appointments!!!

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Good day, I have wire transferred my elective attachment fee to the account for the elective programme and the money transfer confirmation slip (MTCS) number is OT8620152738. My elective application reference number is 1069. I have emailed the remaining documents as requested. Thank you.

~Kirin Rambaran~

Hello. When creating my account I only had 7 characters in my password instead of the required 8 I added another character but the form must have reset my country to afghanistan. I am from the University of Queensland, Australia. Would be greatly appreciated if that could be changed. Thank you.


I'm not sure how to attach a new page and my Dean's letter for an elective? Thanks

~Emily Martin~

Dear Sir, Madam, I would like to know where I can upload my passport photo as well as required documents for the student entry visa. Thank you in advance.

~Santiago Rolon~

Could you please tell me the next steps.

~Solih Mohamed~

Past Elective Students

2010 Elective Student List

2011 Elective Student List

2012 Elective Student List