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Alexandra at Cambridge University School of Clinical Medicine

Pre-departure:

During my MB, ChB IV elective in 2017, I remained in my hometown of Port Elizabeth and conducted my elective at my local hospital which, is situated right around the corner from my house. It had been my greatest desire to complete one of my two electives in a different country, preferably somewhere in Europe, and when my attempts proved unsuccessful at the end of 2017 I resolved myself to make my dream a reality in time for my final elective. One of the main reasons for not being able to go overseas for my fourth year elective was the fact that I had left the planning for too late and by the time I looked into elective programs abroad I was very disappointed to realise that majority of the application deadlines had already passed.

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Caylynn at the University of Kent, UK

Pre-departure:

The pre-departure preparation is essential in order to ensure that your time abroad is well organised, and that you feel comfortable with your new adventure away from home.  Personally, I did not have to go through the visa application, as I am on a European passport which could be used for my travels.  However, in talking to other exchange students that were embarking on an abroad programme, I would suggest that you start the visa process soon after your acceptance, as it usually requires admin and time.

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