Elective Courses for International Medical Students

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The University of Peradeniya is heir to a eighty-year-old university tradition in Sri Lanka and endeavours to offer a globally recognized education. The faculty of medicine of the University of Peradeniya is one of the oldest faculties and is considered the epitome of a “well-rounded” education. The faculty of medicine is committed to providing an education that conforms to international standards of excellence. Over the years, the faculty, in collaboration with the Teaching hospital Peradeniya, has been producing skilful and compassionate doctors. The Teaching hospital Peradeniya is a leading tertiary care hospital in Sri Lanka and a prime teaching centre for undergraduates of the University of Peradeniya. The Professorial unit of the hospital is composed of more than 15 main specialities and has a bed strength of 1000.

In view of developing international collaborations and global health initiatives, the faculty of medicine has initiated elective courses for international medical students. Elective courses are short-term programs designed for international medical undergraduates to gain a better understanding of healthcare in a global context during their undergraduate training. The primary health care system of Sri Lanka has been the foundation of the country’s remarkable health care achievement. Hence the elective courses will help the international students to learn about the Sri Lankan health system, enhance medical knowledge, and develop new collaborations. It also provides them with the opportunity to travel around the island nation and explore the hill-top hideaways, lush green, deep forests, and warm sandy beaches.


The primary aim of the elective program is to enable international students to understand the process of delivery of hospital-based healthcare in Sri Lanka. The program will help the participants to develop communication and organizational skills in identifying a suitable elective and making arrangements with host institutions; learn to work independently within the constraints of circumstances at the host institution; deal with issues of culture and ethics as they pertain to clinical and research practice.


At the end of the elective appointment, students should be able to:

Describe the authenticity and functioning of various specialities and subspecialties in a tertiary care hospital in Sri Lanka

Describe the primary health care system and community medicine program in Sri Lanka

Demonstrate a holistic approach to patients with various medical problems in regard to history taking, examination, investigations, and management

Compare and contrast how the diagnostic tools can be used rationally in low-resource settings in accordance with the clinical findings

Describe diseases and medical conditions unique to Sri Lanka and other tropical countries

Please note that the specific objectives of the course and the format might vary based on departments and their elective courses.

Program Outline

  • Eligibility:
    • Students should be registered for a medical degree in a recognized overseas university or medical school
    • Students possessing some basic knowledge in the field they intend to do the elective course would be beneficial

  • All programs are open for application throughout the year
  • At the beginning of the program, students would be asked to discuss their personal development goals and action plans related to the elective course.
  • Fees: 100 US dollars per week
  • Duration: 4-5 days a week for 2-4 weeks (can vary based on the relevant courses)
  • Venue: Teaching Hospital Peradeniya and Faculty of Medicine University of Peradeniya.
  • Dress code: smart casuals/ surgical scrubs

Available Courses

01. Anaesthesiology, Intensive care & Emergency medicine 09. Neonatology
02. Community medicine 10. Nephrology
03. Forensic medicine 11. Paediatrics
04. Full body dissection 12. Psychiatry
05. Haematology 13. Radiology
06. Infectious diseases and Tropical medicine 14. Respiratory medicine
07. General Medicine 15. Surgery
08. Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Completion of the Program

  • End of the program, students would be expected to write a reflection on their experiences and what they learned in the course
  • Candidates who successfully complete the course will receive a letter and a completion certificate

How to Apply

Please follow our simple four-step process to apply for the elective course


  • Download and fill out the application form
    e-Application Form
  • Attach a copy of your passport data page


Pay the non-refundable application processing fee of US$10 to the following bank account, including your name on the bank receipt, and scan or copy it.

Bank name People’s Bank, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Account name Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya
Account number 057-1-001-8-3373667
Swift code PSBKLKLX
Bank code 7135
Branch code 057


Obtain a letter of reference/recommendation pertaining to your application from the institute you are currently studying at. This letter can be from one of your senior academics


Scan and e-mail or fax these three documents to the following:

E-mail elective.programme@med.pdn.ac.lk
Fax 0094812389106
Post The Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya,
Peradeniya (20400), Sri Lanka.

Resource Persons

The resource persons will depend on the availability and the specialty

  • Professors
  • Consultants
  • Senior Lecturers/ Lecturers
  • Senior Registrars/ Registrars

Student's Feedback

Senuri Tennakoon

University of Adelaide

Completed the elective course in May 2023

Danuja Thilakarathna

University of Auckland, Newzealand

Completed the elective course in May 2023

Emily Hardman

University of Manchester

Completed the elective course in July 2023

Molly Doyle

University of Glasgow, UK

Keziah Davies

University of Liverpool

Amelie Ho

University of Adelaide, Australia

Completed the elective course in September 2023

Sithira Shenal Abeykoon

Western Sydney University, Australia

Completed the elective course in January 2024

Muhammed Aathif

Management and Science University, Malaysia

Completed the elective course in March 2024


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The elective students have the option of arranging their own accommodation or choosing from the accommodation facilities arranged by the faculty.

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Travel and Leisure

Top attractions in Kandy

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Kandy Lake

Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens

Udawattekele Sanctuary

Bahirawakanda Buddha Statue

Kandy war cemetery

Ceylon Tea Museum

Kandy National Museum

Places to visit around Kandy

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

40 km from Kandy

Dambulla Cave Temple

73 km from Kandy

Hunnas Water Falls

25 km from Kandy

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

90 km from Kandy

Train ride to Ella

A 6-hour train journey


The Dean
Faculty of Medicine
University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya (20400), Sri Lanka


+94 81 239 6200/+94 81 238 8840

+94 81 238 9106