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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~Samrah ~

Dear Sir, I am writing to you with regards to my application for the Overseas Electives Programme. The deadline for exchange studies is running out of time at our university and I would very much appreciate if you could notify me if I am accepted to your programme or not as soon as possible. It would be an honor for me to study at your University in Colombo in company with my colleagues Mr. Tranchell and Mr. Lumsden (also studying at University of Lund) who have been admitted to your elective program. I am looking forward to receiving your reply. Yours faithfully, Ms Anna Albinsson

~Anna Albinsson~

We are really proud of being the first French students coming for the Department of Clinical Medicine for an elective and we highly recommend to others who hesitate! We met great doctors and saw so many different cases in every specialty of Medicine. You should know that this elective could be a great experience in your studies.

~Laura and Pierre, Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2 University, France~

Colombo medical school is a perfect place for an elective. I got the opportunity to see various interesting cases including a lot of tropical diseases. Everyone there is friendly and is always happy to help. Teaching was excellent and I learnt a lot. It was an amazing 5 weeks!

~Kasun Bamunuarachchi~

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