Electives in Kathmandu

Nursing Electives, Nepal (Kathmandu)

Nursing Electives

Our partnerships in Kathmandu allow you to get experience in a range of dedicated, highly specialised institutions. You’ll also have the chance to accompany nursing teams on an outreach programme that operates in the city itself and in the surrounding areas. What’s more, some of the most respected professionals in the capital work in the departments of our main partner hospitals. This will allow you to draw on their experience and expertise throughout this eye-opening placement. Please note that we cater to all branches of nursing.

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Medical Electives, Nepal (Kathmandu)

Medical Electives

In Kathmandu, you can get experience in departments like A&E, surgery, and paediatrics among others. 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 want to undertake a medical elective in Nepal, you should add Kathmandu to your list.

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Midwifery Electives, Nepal (Kathmandu)

Midwifery Electives

In Kathmandu, we’ve partnered with a specialised maternity and women’s hospital. We’ll place you alongside a team of local specialists who are expert at delivering babies in this low-resource clinical setting. Other services the hospital offers are comprehensive — labour wards, postnatal wards, post-op wards, infertility services…. You can gain experience in all of these. Bring enthusiasm when learning about midwifery in Kathmandu, and you’ll have an incredible experience as a result.

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Dentistry Electives, Nepal (Kathmandu)

Dentistry Electives

Dentistry in Nepal hasn’t advanced as far as it has in countries with greater resources. People in Nepal often have to go to considerable lengths to be seen by someone with even basic skills, let alone a specialist. One of our partner hospitals specialises in dentistry, which is provided throughout the local community. Under expert supervision you could observe check-ups, abscess surgeries, restorations, pulpectomies, and more. Display skill and enthusiasm and you’ll win the trust of local specialists, which will enrich your experience.

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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.

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Physiotherapy Electives, Nepal (Kathmandu)

Physiotherapy Electives

Nepal’s focus on physiotherapy has shifted in the last decade. Practice has grown significantly — there were only 30 qualified physiotherapists recorded in 2007 versus 500 in 2012. You’ll see a broad range of ailments as a result of the varied lives people from Kathmandu lead, whether they’re from the city, or the mountain foothills surrounding it. The departments in the hospitals we’re partnered with operate as rehabilitative centres for patients after accidents, falls, spinal injuries and more. Most of your patients will be referred to you from the neurology, orthopaedics, and ENT departments.

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Radiography Electives, Nepal (Kathmandu)

Radiography Electives

The radiography department in our major partner hospital has a good range of facilities by local standards. These services are offered at a reasonable rate in comparison to other private hospitals in Nepal. Patient volumes vary wildly, but there are typically around 50 patients for USG, 15 for CT scan, up to 150 patients for X-ray and around 8 for the MRI scan per day, making this a very varied placement indeed. You’ll also be placed alongside a number of specialists whose knowledge and expertise you will find invaluable.

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Pharmacy Electives, Nepal (Kathmandu)


Modern pharmacy is a relatively new concept in Nepal. Ayurveda or ‘tree medicine’ practitioners are still prevalent throughout the country and they use concoctions of herbs, along with ancient Hindu healing prayers to treat the sick. While you’re in the hospitals and clinics we’ve partnered with in Kathmandu, you’ll see exactly how pharmacy is developing. You’ll have the chance to undertake ward rounds, dispense medicine in the pharmacies, gain experience in the hospital’s pharmacovigilance unit, and more.

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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.

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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 the experience lives up to your expectations.

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.

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What's included?

  • Supervised hospital placement
  • Private catered accommodation 
  • Dedicated placement coordinator
  • 24/7 in-country team
  • Language lessons
  • Airport pickup

*Prices below are in addition to a £300 registration fee.

Destinations 2 Weeks 3 Weeks 4 Weeks 5 Weeks 6 Weeks Extra Week

Nepal Kathmandu

£1290 £1440 £1590 £1740 £1890 £350


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.


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"The most memorable case that I was involved in was helping out in the national emergency after the Bara storm."

Holly West, King's College London 2019

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"If you’re thinking about doing an overseas placement - do it! It’s the best thing I have ever done"

Abi Follows, University of Nottingham 2019

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"Doctors put almost every labouring woman on a drug that helps contractions, even if they were already contracting well naturally."

Karla Torrisi, Australian Catholic University 2019

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The doctors and nurses are supremely knowledgeable and excellent teachers.

Mauricio Medrano, University of Queensland 2019

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"Take every chance you get — my Work the World experience in Kathmandu was that chance for me".

Sem Jue, 2018

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