Based in the coastal city of Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala, you can obtain overseas hospital work experience in the Indian healthcare system while you explore this beautiful, historic city on the Southwest Coast.
Our main partner hospital in Kochi is a private hospital with nearly 500 beds! The private hospital provides healthcare across a number of different hospital departments. Private hospitals are increasingly popular in India, and allow students to have access to a larger and wider network of medical professionals and specialist hospital departments compared to the crowded public healthcare providers. Students will shadow medical professionals across a number of hospital departments including General Medicine, Paediatrics and Neonatology, the Emergency Treatment Unit, Cardiology, and Orthopaedics.
Our students are accompanied to the hospitals each day by our local team, where they will be assigned to a doctor to shadow for the day. Students complete 25 hours of overseas hospital work experience per week and are rotated between different departments through the project, to ensure they experience as many medical cases as possible and gain an understanding of how a hospital functions. All our medical mentors are experienced teachers and speak English.
This Course Is Suitable For
This course is for students aged 16+ looking for overseas hospital work experience combined with an inspiring cultural journey. We accept students interested in pre-medicine, pre-midwifery and, pre-nursing, and we can tailor the course to each student’s individual career aspirations. Students of any nationality are welcome to join us.
This Course Includes
✓ A minimum of 25 hours hospital-based work experience per week
✓ Shadowing experienced Consultants, Doctors and Healthcare Professionals
✓ One day health outreach in the local area
✓ Weekly language classes
✓ Mock multiple mini interviews (MMIs) conducted by experienced interviewers with feedback
✓ 24/7 Staff from UK office on project with students
✓ Accommodation, breakfast and dinner
Course Learning Outcomes
Gain medical work experience required for the UCAS application
In-depth knowledge of the role of a Doctor, Nurse, Midwife or Dentist
Insight into a different country’s healthcare system
Understand a range of medical treatments for common medical conditions
Gain an appreciation of a different culture and country
Learn some basic local language phrases and put them into practice for day-to-day tasks
Sample a range of delicious Indian food and drinks
Visit local houses to gain an understanding of how local people live
Spend time with like-minded students from around the world
Join a weekend trip to the peaceful Keralan backwaters
Our accommodation is based in a small hotel in the heart of the historic Fort Kochi neighbourhood, in walking distance of many of the cities most popular tourist sites.
Students will stay in twin or triple rooms, with Western style bathrooms. Our staff also stay at the same accommodation and we always have a female member of staff on duty at night. There is also a rooftop plunge pool which students can use to beat the worst of the heat! Breakfast and dinner is included each day.
All students are met on arrival at Cochin International Airport (COK) by a member of the Medical Projects team and transferred to our accommodation by private taxi. All in-country transport is provided and students are accompanied by staff for any journeys. Students are accompanied back to Cochin International Airport at the end of their trip.
Food & Drink
A continental breakfast is provided each morning at the accommodation before heading to the hospital. The food provided may vary from day to day but generally, students can expect to have toast, fruit, eggs, tea, and coffee provided.
Lunch is usually taken at a local cafe or restaurant in the town centre. Alternatively, students can visit the nearby supermarkets to buy food.
Dinner is provided each evening at the accommodation, except for one night a week where we visit a local restaurant. The food is predominantly a range of Indian dishes, cooked fresh by our accommodation staff. There is always a vegetarian option, and other dietary requirements can be catered for with advanced notice.
Our staff are on hand at the hospital whenever there are students present, to ensure that all students are with their doctors and getting the most out of their placement.
We always have a minimum of one member of staff staying in the same accommodation as students, and at least one female member of staff on duty overnight.
Students are accompanied by staff during their weekend trip, transport, and afternoon activities, unless explicit parental permission has been given for unaccompanied free time activities.
Although delivering an amazing learning experience is our main focus, we also understand students want to socialise and explore with their free time. Our team have a variety of optional excursions and socials available, to ensure students make the most of their time in India. During free time, students can opt to do a tour of Fort Kochi, visit the Chinese fishing nets, take trips to the beach, or visit the local shops and markets.
Students staying for two weeks or more have the opportunity to take part in a weekend trip on the Keralan backwaters. Students stay overnight on a traditional houseboat, converted from old working rice barges. Students spend the day relaxing on board the boat as it cruises through the tranquil lagoons and canals, passing rice paddies, coconut plantations, and waterside villages. The barge stops so students can explore local villages and visit some craft markets. After a delicious Keralan dinner students can spend the night on board in twin rooms, listening to the water lapping against the boat. The next morning students will head back to Kochi, arriving home in time to greet the new arrivals!
2 Week Total – £1800
3 Week Total – £2300
The course fee is paid in two instalments. A £300 deposit is taken to reserve your space and the remaining balance is not due until 90 days before your placement start date.
12th July – 18th July 2020
19th July – 25th July 2020
26th July – 1st August 2020
2. Lunch money (around £5 per day)
3. Visa (around £70 if required)
4. Spending money (approximately £80 per week)
5. Travel Insurance
Ready to join us?
Great! Simply follow the link below, fill in our application form and secure your place!