How Do These Projects Work?

What type of placements do you offer? ▼

We run pre-medical, pre-midwifery and pre-nursing placements. These are specifically designed for students who are applying, or thinking of applying, to study one of these at university.

How old do I have to be? ▼

You need to be 16 years or older at the time of travel. For students under the age of 18 we will also need consent from a parent/guardian. There is no upper age limit for our projects.

Are the students supervised? ▼

Yes students are supervised at all times by UK members of staff. We meet students at the airport on arrival and are fully supervised until the taxi back to the airport on departure. Students over the age of 18 are able to do some travel independently but this must be signed off by a member of staff beforehand.

I’m not from the UK, can I still travel? ▼

Yes. Students join us from all over the world, the only thing you will need to check will be there are no major issues obtaining a visa from your country. We can help you with any visa enquiries you may have.

When can I travel? ▼

Our projects are open for dates that typically match your academic holidays. There are “project open dates” on each projects page.

Do these projects book up quickly? ▼

Yes. Our projects normally book up around 2 or 3 months in advance so early booking is advised.

How long should I join for? ▼

We recommend completing at least two weeks. This ensures you get at least two weeks of interview and clinical training sessions. You can join for up to 6 weeks.

Can I travel with friends? ▼

Of course! When completing your application form just add your friends name to the additional information box

What Is Included?

What is included in the costs? ▼

Here is exactly what is included in your project cost:

  • 25 hours hospital work experience per week
  • 2 x mock interview workshops per week
  • 2 x clinical skills sessions per week
  • Hotel room on arrival in-country
  • Arrival transfer from the airport
  • Accommodation
  • Food (2 meals per day)
  • Accompanied by staff 24/7
  • Medical Projects T-shirt
  • Student Handbook

What is not included? ▼

The only things that are not included in the cost are; flights, visas, vaccinations, insurance, spending money.

Why aren’t flights included? ▼

Flights are not included in the cost of the project. This is because students join us from all over the world and it would be very difficult for us to control everyone’s flights. We can recommend sites that help you find the cheapest flights (such as or we can recommend travel agents who can also advise on the best flights.

How do I book my place? ▼

You need to complete the online application form, this can be found by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the top of the website. Your deposit is needed to secure your place. The balance will need to be paid no later than 90 days before your travel date.

Is the deposit refundable? ▼

If we cant accommodate you for your chosen dates, we will offer you an alternative. Once we have agreed dates then your deposit is non-refundable. This is because we are holding your space within the accommodation and hospital and potentially turning other students down as a result.

What do i need to prepare?

Which airport do I fly in to? ▼

Project India – Mumbai - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Project Transylvania – Bucharest Otopeni Airport

Project Ghana – Accra - Kotoka International Airport

When should I arrive? ▼

Students must book flights that land within our designated arrival flight window:

Project India: 6am Saturday – 12 midnight Saturday

Project Ghana: 6am Saturday – 12 midnight Saturday

For Project Ghana and India this means you arrive the day before your project date. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to a local hotel.

Project Transylvania: 8am Sunday – 2pm Sunday

When should I depart? ▼

Your departure flight can leave anytime on the Sunday. We strongly advise students to book flights as early as possible on the Sunday. Leaving at 1am Sunday is best time for departure.

Will I need a visa? ▼

The need for a visa depends on your nationality. If you are a British, US or Australian citizen it is highly like you will need a visa for Project India. EU citizens will not need a visa for Project Transylvania. Please check the each countries specific requirement. We can also help and advise with your visa applications. Visas should be applied for as soon as possible.

Do I need vaccinations? ▼

We always advise you speak to your family doctor about your travel plans. They will have your medical records and will be able to advise on the most appropriate vaccinations for each project.

How does the placement work?

What departments can I spend time in? ▼

We have a range of departments available including; Internal Medicine , Surgery, Pediatrics, Maternity, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology, Intensive Care and Orthopedics. If students wish to spend time in a department not listed here, please contact us at and we can check availability for your project dates.

Who will I be shadowing? ▼

You will be placed with a doctor or healthcare professional who will act as your mentor. They will explain cases and procedures as well as answer any questions you may have. Tip: the more proactive you are with the doctors the more they will teach you! We have had students in the past who have been invited to more specialist cases/surgeries that were conducted out of standard hours.

Will the mentors speak English? ▼

Yes. All our mentors speak English, so there is no need to learn Marathi or Swahili before you set off!

When do we complete the mock interviews? ▼

We normally run these on a Tuesday or Thursday night. They will last around 90 minutes and we will provide feedback within 24 hours.

When do we complete the clinical training sessions? ▼

We don’t set a specific time of the week for these as they are normally run when students have an hour or two of free time. These are then practiced with the guidance of Medical Projects staff.

What about accommodation & Food?

Where will I stay? ▼

All students stay in our on-site accommodation. These have modern facilities such as en-suites with hot/cold showers and flushing western toilets. There is also wifi so students can stay in-touch with everyone at home.

Are meals included? ▼

Yes. We provide at least breakfast and dinner each day (Monday – Friday). The meals are usually local cuisine with the odd “international delicacy” (ie fries or vegi burgers!) thrown in on a Friday evening. Students are advised to bring some money to purchse lunch which can be picked up at nearby/onsite cafes for around £1.50 each day.

I have a food allergy, can I still join? ▼

Of course you can! Just let us know when you are completing your application and we will make special arrangements for your meals.

Is the local water safe to drink? ▼

We supply plenty of bottled water at Project India and Ghana so there is no need to risk drinking the local water. The water at Project Transylvania is safe to drink and bottled water is also available.