Elective Program

International Medical Student Elective Program (IMSEP)

Information on Elective Program for International Medical Students:

Nepal medical college and Teaching Hospital (NMC & TH) was established on March 08, 1996. Nepal Medical College (NMC), affiliated to Kathmandu University and recognized by Nepal Medical Council, started MBBS program in December 1997 followed by Postgraduate MD/MS in Basic Medical Sciences and Clinical disciplines in 2009 along with Doctoral DM in Nephrology Program in 2012. It runs 750 bed tertiary care teaching hospital and has a twenty five bedded community satellite hospital in Jhaukhel, Bhaktapur. It is listed in the World Directory of Medical School published by WHO in 2000.

Nepal Medical College is providing elective programs to foreign medical students who wish to come for elective program in Nepal. One Hundred and Ninety Eight international medical students have already completed elective program coming from different countries of the world.

Those interested to undergo elective program in this college and hospital, the following provisions need to be fulfilled.

  1. Application addressed to the Principal, Nepal Medical College.
  2. Detailed Curriculum vitae of the applicant
  3. A recommendation letter from the Dean of own medical school, in absence of which the application is considered invalid.
  4. Date of intended elective program.
  5. Name(s) of desired disciplines with time period specified for electives

The college and hospital will provide:

      Student ID card valid for elective program period only.
      Free Internet and Library facilities.
      Hospital care through Health Insurance only.


Elective Program Contact Person: Mr. Niranjan Lama

Cell No: 977-9860049500

Email: principal@nmcth.edu

Phone Number: 977-1-4912118, 977-1-4911008, 977-1-4911875, Ext. No: 603 or 604

Updated: August 17, 2017

International Medical Student Elective Program (IMSEP)


Nepal Medical College (NMC) is affiliated to Kathmandu University and is running Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program since 1997 followed by Bachelor of Dental Surgery BDS since 2011 and Bachelor of Science in Nursing since 2012. It has also stated Postgraduates program, Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery program since 2009 followed by Nephrology Doctoral Program DM in Nephrology since 2012. The programs are recognized by Nepal Medical Council and Nepal Nursing Council. NMC has its own Teaching Hospital and a Community Satellite Health Centre in Kathmandu Valley and utilizes them for the teaching - learning activities of medical students as well as provides curative, preventive, promotive and rehabilitative health care services to the people. The standard of academic programs and quality of health care are reviewed from time to time supplemented by research and evaluation studies.

The Teaching hospital which is named after the college as Nepal Medical College Teaching Hospital (NMCTH) provides Out Patient Department services and Inpatient care in Clinical disciplines - Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Urology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Otorhinolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Dental immunization with counseling and Physiotherapy services. The hospital provides round the clock emergency and casualty services and runs 24 hour ambulance service.

Elective Program

Facilities are available at NMC for acquiring clinical experience as well as Community Field experiences for international medical students. For Elective Program, the minimum period acceptable will be four weeks which can be extended on weekly basis further, as per the requirement of individual student, for which a letter from the concerned authority is compulsory.

How to Apply?

International students, in clinical years of study of medical program, at medical schools or medical colleges affiliated to universities of own home country are eligible to apply for the elective program. One is required to select one of the two categories of IMSEP mentioned here under, which one wishes to undertake. Forward your application by email or fax to the address given for correspondence mentioned on the front cover page of IMSEP.

Nature of Elective Program

Category One

This is self-determined Elective program in which the applicant chooses the nature, discipline and duration of elective study on one's own discipline of interest and writes about it to Nepal Medical College. The applicant is required to write own learning objectives and discuss the elective project proposal with own national guide and after finalization, sends the application with the Elective Proposal to NMC. The NMC will discuss the Elective Proposal with the Head of the concerned department and will approve or disapprove the Elective Proposal and write to the applicant accordingly. In case of approval, NMC will find a co-guide from the concerned discipline at NMC who will supervise the student during the entire elective period. At the completion of the elective study, the student will receive a certificate of completion of Elective Program.

Category Two  

This is tailor made by NMC for international medical students. While designing the Elective package, due consideration is given to enable international students acquire overall experience related to clinical and community health problems encountered in Nepal.

Students get placements at the departments of Medicine, Surgical, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Community Medicine disciplines at the Hospital and Community settings. Weekly placement schedules will expose them to health problems related to different disciplines. The academic section will make rotation schedule and fix it for international student. The international student cannot make alterations to the fixed program. Supervisors will be identified on being posted at different departments. At the completion of the elective study, the student will receive a certificate of completion of Elective program.

Elective Fees

Elective Study NMC Application Registration Fee US $ 100.00
First Four weeks Elective Fee US $ 200.00
Fortnightly Extension Elective Fee US $ 100.00 (Applicable only after completing the first four weeks of elective program).

N.B. Students wanting to apply for elective study are advised to note that a maximum of eight weeks may be appropriate for doing Elective study at NMC. However, should your academic program demand elective study of more duration than of eight weeks, special consideration can be taken in such cases by making special request on the favour of applicant to individual departments of NMC.


International Medical students must wear white aprons bearing their name tag while on hospital placements. Student identity is a must for security reasons. Hospital time begins at 0900 hours and extends up to 1600 hours daily except on SATURDAY which is a non-working day in Nepal.

N.B. Department roster for Postgraduate residents runs for 24 hours and should an elective student intend to get experience after 1600 hours, the departmental coordinators must be requested for getting permission from that department for staying in the department beyond the time specified above, under the supervision of the departmental postgraduate resident.


International Students are required to get a Tourist Visa of three months period from the Nepalese Embassies or Nepalese Consulates in own city/country prior to arrival in Nepal. Nepal  also provide visas on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for citizens of some countries, the name can be found out from the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal: www.mofa.gov.np



International Students must find own accommodation in Kathmandu. However, should a student wish to get help to find accommodation, such student must make a request to NMC which can provide help to finding suitable accommodation.


Students can buy snacks at the NMC Cafeteria. Different food items palatable to different taste buds are available in Kathmandu. However, students should try different items of Nepalese cuisine for a change, in case they like to do so.


International Medical Students are advised to see their own doctors at home and seek their advice before travelling to Nepal, regarding vaccinations against communicable diseases that they may like to protect themselves against. NMC does not provide any type of vaccination for International Medical Students.

Medical Care

All international students coming to NMC are advised to have Medical Insurance coverage to take care of the expenditure incurred for treatment while in Nepal. In case a student becomes ill, during the elective period at NMC, medications available at NMCTH will be provided. In case a student becomes ill in Nepal during the period not attached for Elective Program at NMC, the individual student must take care on his/her own and NMC will not be held responsible for taking care of health problems occurring during period outside the elective program.


Public transport services from different places in Kathmandu to NMC are available. In case one likes to use the Hospital Bus Service, one is welcome to do so for which the driver of the bus must be requested by the elective coordinator. Taxi is available but is expensive.


NMC has a good library facilities and students on elective programs can utilize library books/journals free of charge. All books are in English.


International and National Banks are in plenty for the exchange of Travellers Checks and foreign currencies. Exchange rates fluctuate on day to day basis. Banks demand receipt of foreign currencies declaration on arrival at Airport in Nepal when foreign currencies more than US $ 2000: in amount is to be exchanged in Nepalese currency.

Travel to Kathmandu

Many Airlines including Nepal Airlines have direct flights to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from different cities around the world.

Access to different parts of Nepal can be made with National airlines or by Bus services.

Trekking in Nepal

Nepal is world renowned for high peaked Himalayas and trekking. Tourists enjoy trekking in different trails that cover in a single to many days. One could approach trekking/travel agencies and book one, if one likes to venture over the interiors of plains, hills and mountains of Nepal and get life time thrill experiencing her natural beauty.

Wild Life Safari

Nepal has many Wild Life Safari Parks and a few days package trip to one would remain memorable life time experience.


Many mighty Himalayan rivers flow through Nepal and provide experience of rafting, before or after the Monsoon season (before June after September). Travel and Tour agents have different packages for rafting.

Weather and Wear

According to Nepalese Calendar, twelve months in a year are divided into five seasons. Spring starts from mid February to Mid April; Summer between mid April and mid June; Monsoon from mid June to mid September; Autumn from mid September to mid November and Winter from mid November to mid February. The temperature would vary from one season to another. Minimum in winter would touch down to minus degree Celsius in Kathmandu and mercury would rise up to 36 Degrees Celsius during summer. Cotton wear will be comfortable during summer and monsoon while the spring and autumn would require light woollens. The winter would require heavy woollens.

Drug & Human Trafficking

Drugs and Human Trafficking is totally based in Nepal and persons found guilty are prosecuted under the law of the land.


Substance abuse is prohibited at Nepal Medical College and Teaching Hospital and police is involved in such cases.

N.B. Nepal Medical College and Nepal Medical College Teaching Hospital strictly obeys the law of the land and has no right to interfere in police actions.