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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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~

1. I attempted to pay by direct transfer today from Barclays Bank. I was told that the account details are not valid. I have the following details, as stated in your email confirmation: Peoples's Bank, Town Hall Branch (Colombo 07). Account number: 167100113170313 Recipient's name: Overseas Elective Programme, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo Swift Code: PSBKLKLX 2. I cannot locate where to load my passport copy onto your website. I would be grateful if you could let me know how to upload the copy of the passport and the money transfer confirmation slip (MTCS) once I have the appropriate account details and have paid. 3. Is there an alternative way to make payment? If so, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can make the payment urgently to meet any deadline. Yours sincerely Darsha De Almeida

~Darsha De Almeida~

Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you for informing me. I wish to withdraw my application. Regards Nethmee.


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