From vivid cultural history to tasty local cuisine, Kathmandu in Nepal checks all the boxes. From the city you can visit the holy primates of Monkey Temple, go trekking in the Himalayas, and take a break from the bustle of the city in the Garden of Dreams. When you’re rested, you can head out for drinks in Thamel to see how the locals have fun.

The Work The World House

Our house in Kathmandu will be the hub of your experience and your home away from home. You’ll live with other healthcare students from all over the world, and this gives the atmosphere a social feel.

You’ll be based only a short distance from Kathmandu’s famous Thamel district — a bustling maze of winding lanes with more bars, restaurants and shops than you’ll have time to visit.

Set in a more laid-back residential area, the Work the World house itself is an oasis of calm. From the rooftop terrace, you’ll enjoy staggering panoramas of Kathmandu Valley.

This area of Kathmandu is an amazing jumping-off point for adventure opportunities like trekking and paragliding.

Read more about our accommodation

In-Country Team

Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire Work the World experience — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: Cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodating all dietary requirementsHousekeeper: Keeps the house clean and tidy from top to bottom, making sure you're comfortableLanguage teacher: Visits the house twice per-week. During their lessons, you’ll learn everyday phrases and clinical terminology to help you get more from your placementSecurity team: Monitor the house 24/7 for your peace of mind

Support in the Hospital

Before your placement starts, our team in Kathmandu will take you on an informal visit to your placement hospital. You’ll meet key department staff, your supervisors, and take a tour of the grounds to help you find your way around.

The in-country team actually spend quite a bit of time in the hospital. They’ll visit you throughout your placement to make sure everything is running smoothly.

We will tell you who your clinical supervisors are before your placement begins. Build up a rapport with them and they’ll provide insight into the healthcare system that you can only get from a local practitioner. We offer support in every area throughout your clinical placement.

nepal elective

Electives in Kathmandu

Nursing Electives, Nepal (Kathmandu)

Nursing Electives

On a placement in Kathmandu, you’ll see patients with conditions like Japanese encephalitis, dengue fever, malnutrition, and snake, monkey and dog bites (and the resulting cases of rabies). You can even accompany nursing teams on community outreach programmes if you choose to. Kathmandu is also a great choice if you’re interested in specialising in areas like ENT, dermatology, psychiatry, forensic medicine and cardiothoracics. You'll see that nursing in Nepal depends on the level of resources local staff have access to at any one time. So even in familiar departments like A&E, surgery, general medicine and paediatrics, you can expect to see significant differences in local nursing practises.

+ More Nursing Electives
Medical Electives, Nepal (Kathmandu)

Medical Electives

On a medical elective in Nepal, you'll get experience in departments like surgery, A&E, and paediatrics. You’ll encounter patients with unfamiliar conditions like Japanese encephalitis, malnutrition, even the odd monkey bite. General medicine is fascinating in Kathmandu — some estimates suggest 70% of all conditions are attributable to infectious disease. This includes malnutrition, which is often the result of intestinal parasitic infection. Kathmandu also has particularly interesting options if you want to specialise — dermatology, psychiatry, ophthalmology and cardiothoracics are all available. If you're thinking about doing your medical elective in Asia, you should shortlist Kathmandu.

+ More Medical Electives
Midwifery Electives, Nepal (Kathmandu)

Midwifery Electives

If you want to understand midwifery in Kathmandu, spend time in our partner hospital. You can spend time in the new birthing centre, a busy outpatient department for antenatal checks, and the gynae clinics. You’ll see deliveries, C-sections surgeries, and birthing complications like preeclampsia. You can also get (observational) experience in a teaching hospital. The hospital has a broad range of services — antenatal clinics, a labour room, a birthing centre, two theatres, a sick baby unit, a maternal and neonatal ICUs, postnatal facilities and an OBG ward.

+ More Midwifery Electives
Dentistry Electives, Nepal (Kathmandu)

Dentistry Electives

The dentistry department at our partner hospital here is split into four units: maxillofacial, prosthodontics, endodontics, and orthodontics. Whichever unit you decide to spend time in (you might choose all of them if you have time) you’ll see that dentistry in Nepal hasn’t advanced at the same rate as in countries with more resources, like the UK. Even things like routine check-ups are quicker and more basic than you’re used to. You’ll learn how local dentists approach things like abscess surgeries, restorations, and pulpectomies. The department offers maxillofacial surgery too, so if you’re interested there are available opportunities. If you’re looking for an elective in Asia, Kathmandu is a good bet.

+ More Dentistry Electives

Paramedic Science Electives

In Kathmandu, you will see significant differences between the most fundamental aspects of care. For example, a lack of patient privacy, lack of cross-infection control, and even the way routine procedures are performed. One example would be manual intubation conducted without anaesthesia. In the busy A&E department, you will see how patients’ and families’ ability to pay for treatment has a significant bearing on the way conditions are diagnosed and treated.

+ More Paramedic Science Electives
Physiotherapy Electives, Nepal (Kathmandu)

Physiotherapy Placements

Your physiotherapy placement hospital in Kathmandu treats patients from all walks of life, both from the city and from the mountains surrounding it. This means you’ll see a range of conditions at different stages of advancement. You’ll see normal cases of back pain, shoulder pain, and the department serves as a rehabilitation centre for patients after accidents, falls, spinal injuries etc. But you’ll also see how local physiotherapists handle cases of congenital hemiplegia, down's syndrome, Guillain Barre syndrome, Erb's palsy, muscular dystrophy, encephalitis sequelae, meningitis, post-tuberculosis sequelae, and delayed milestones. The neurology, orthopaedics and ENT departments also refer lots of patients here for rehabilitation.

+ More Physiotherapy Placements
Radiography Electives, Nepal (Kathmandu)

Radiography Electives

The radiology and radiography department in our partner hospital offers USG, Helical CT, X-ray and MRI, X-ray being the most common. You’ll see a lot of emergency cases here too, as A&E refer a lot of their patients to the department for scans. The hospital also has a mammography unit if you want to get more specific experience. The unit uses an Allengers Digital Mammography System (FAIRY). This is a university teaching hospital, so it’s more than likely you’ll get the added benefit of spending some time with local students. This is a real opportunity for you to dig into the differences in practise between Nepal and the UK.

+ More Radiography Electives
Pharmacy Electives, Nepal (Kathmandu)

Pharmacy Placements

Part of a pharmacist's role in our partner hospital is counselling patients on their medication. What are the side effects? Who can and can't take them? Shadowing doctors on ward rounds will give you great experience with this. Spending time in the dispensaries, you’ll get right into the specifics of local practice, learning how local pharmacists use traditional herbal medicines alongside modern drugs. Across the hospital, you’ll learn the broader role pharmacy plays in the ongoing development of healthcare in Nepal.

+ More Pharmacy Placements


In addition to your main placement in Kathmandu, an optional week in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains offers a once in a lifetime experience. You’ll become an honorary member of the Gurung tribe, learning about rural life on the Himalayan slopes. In the mornings, you’ll spend time learning about healthcare in the village’s health post. This opportunity offers perspective to your city-based placement, as the resources here are even fewer, making treating patients that much more of a challenge. In the afternoons you’ll immerse yourself in local culture, enjoying temple walks, cooking lessons, fishing, milking buffalo and visiting the village shaman.


BPC - Rens	Goossens

"The people were so friendly, the food excellent and the scenery unbelievably beautiful!"

Ellie Marok , University of Birmingham 2020

Read more

"It was amazing to see the importance of family in the case of mental health illness."

Chloe Upton, University of Chester 2019

Read more

"The biggest difference in healthcare and Kathmandu was the lack of resources and equipment."

Catriona Mc Sorley , Keele University 2019

Read more

"The pharmacy team were fantastic and they were as happy to see me as I was to see them."

Michael Walker, Keele University 2019

Read more

"Due to the lack of resources, rubber dams and rotary instruments were not readily available."

Leo Sim, Queen's University, Belfast 2019

Read more