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Outgoing University of Sydney ELECTIVE students to Columbia University USA

Number of places: A maximum of four University of Sydney students will be nominated to represent the Faculty under this scheme.

Institution: General information on Columbia University can be found at these pages

Duration: Up to eight weeks of clinical or research placements.

Other: Sydney students should not contact course coordinators at Columbia University or they risk jeopardising the exchange agreement. Information about available electives at Columbia can be found on their website

Tuition fees are waived under the agreement and some subsidised dormitory accommodation may be available between November–April.

Travel and living expenses must be borne by students.

Students will be required to provide evidence of BCG status and MMR vaccination, along with health insurance.

We suggest you read the Impressions section of this site to learn about the experiences of previous students.

Applying: Please consult these pages for details on applying for a placement and scholarship support.

Resources: Our resources pages provide some valuable material on your health and safety and on some of the medical conditions and environments you may come across while on placement.

For further enquiries contact us.

Incoming Columbia students to University of Sydney

The University of Sydney’s Medical School is one of 23 schools participating in the Columbia Exchange Program. A maximum of four students will be accepted in each calendar year to undertake up to 8 weeks of clinical or research placements in their final year of study.

Students interested in a particular sub-speciality should indicate their preferences via their application to the Columbia Office of Student Affairs and every attempt will be made to accommodate these. Students from Columbia will usually be placed at Concord Hospital, one of our main teaching hospitals. It is suggested that interested students from Columbia should browse through the following websites to become familiar with the city of Sydney and the Sydney Medical School.

Information about Australia’s Health can be found at

We also have some Impressions from students of their experiences in Sydney.

Please consult the visitor’s guide on the Office for Global Health web pages for useful information about living in Sydney.

Columbia students who wish to apply for an elective placement at the University of Sydney should contact:
Dr Brian Paquette
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Columbia University