Elective Program

International Medical Student Elective Program (IMSEP)


Nepal Medical College (NMC) is affiliated to Kathmandu University and undertakes Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program. The program is recognised by Nepal Medical Council. Undergraduate medical students become competent Medical Graduates after completing five and half year of MBBS program. 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 MBBS program and quality of health care are ensured by research studies and evaluation.

The Teaching hospital which is named after the college as Nepal Medical College Teaching Hospital (NMCTH) and 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 and counseling . The hospital provides round the clock emergency and casualty services and runs 24 hour ambulance service.

Elective Program

NMC encourages own students for undertaking elective studies. Facilities are available at NMC for acquiring clinical experience as well as Community Field experiences for international medical students. Minimum period accepted for Elective Program will be four weeks which can be extended on four 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, at medical schools or medical colleges affiliated to Universities are eligible to apply for the elective program that you wish to undertake at NMC. Then select one of the two categories of IMSEP mentioned under, which you wish to undertake. Then, forward your application by email or fax to the address given for correspondence mentioned on the front cover page.

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 study. At the completion of the elective study, the student will receive a certificate of completion of Elective Program.

Category Two
This is tailored by NMC for international students. While designing the Elective Package, due consideration is given to enable international students acquire an overall experience related to clinical and community health problems seen in Nepal.

Students get placements at departments related to medicine, surgical, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Community Medicine disciplines either 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 when posted at different departments. There will not be any co-guide from a particular department assigned for a student. At the completion of the elective study, the student will receive a certificate of completion of Elective program.

Elective Fee
Elective Study NMC Application Registration Fee US $ 100.00
First Four weeks Elective Fee US $ 200.00
Fortnightly Extension Elective Fee US $ 100.00 (After the completion of the first four weeks)

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


International Medical students must wear white aprons while on hospital placements. Student identity is a must for security reasons. Nepal Medical College Teaching Hospital (NMCTH) is the first hospital of its kind that functions through computer networking. Work begins at 0800 hours and extends upto 1600hours daily except on SATURDAY which is non-working day in Nepal.


International Students are required to get a Tourist Visa of three months period from the Royal Nepalese Embassies or Royal Nepalese Consulate in own cities. Information regarding NMC and International Medical Student Elective Program (IMSEP) has been notified to the Royal Nepalese Embassies and Consulates around the world and request has been made by NMC to extend help for obtaining Tourist Visa by International Medical Students wanting to come to NMC for Elective Programs. Individual International students must take care of visa fee themselves.


International Students must find own accommodation in Kathmandu. However, Should a student like to get some help to find own accommodation, such student must make a request and NMC could help to finding suitable accommodation for them.


Students can buy snacks at the NMC Cafeteria or outside. Different food items to suit different tastes are available in Kathmandu. However, students should try different items of Nepalese cuisine for a change.


International Medical Students are advised to see their own doctors at home and to seek their advice before coming to Nepal, regarding having vaccinations against communicable diseases that they may like to protect themselves from. 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 in treatment. 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 their health problems during such a period.


Public transport from the city to NMC is available. In case one likes to use the Hospital Bus Service, one is welcome to do so. A taxi is available but is an expensive for E-mail/Internet/Fax/International Telephone Service. All are available at NMC. However individual has to pay for the service utilized.


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

Computer Laboratory

NMC is the first medical college of its kind in Nepal, which has got a good computer laboratory. Students on Elective Program may use free of charges.


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

International flights touch down at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Royal Nepal Airlines, operate direct, flights from Dubai, Bangkok, Osaka, Hong Kong, Shangai, New Delhi Bangalore and Mumbai.

Thai Airways, Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, China South Airlines, Indian Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Aeroflot, Austrian Airlines, Trans Air, Druk Air, Jet Air and few other airlines operate direct flights to Kathmandu from different cities around the world.

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

Trekking in Nepal

Nepal is world renowned for mountains and trekking. Tourist enjoys trekking in different TRAILS that cover in a single to many days. One could approach different trekking agencies and could undertake one, if one likes to see Nepal in its interiors and get life time thrill.

Wild Life Safari

Nepal has many Wild Life Safari Parks and a few days package trip to one who experiences a new for those who have not had any.


Many mighty Himalayan rivers flow through Nepal and provide thrill during rafting. Before or after the Monsoon season, Travel and Tour agents have different packages for rafting.

Weather and Wear

Though twelve months are divided into six seasons according to Nepalese Calendar, Kathmandu weather can be divided into five categories for practical purposes. The winter starts from Mid November to January; The spring from February to April; The summer between April and May, Monsoon from June to August: and the autumn from September to mid-November. The temperature would vary from one season to another. Minimum in winter would touch down to minus degree Celsius while during summer mercury would raise upto 36 Degrees Celsius. Light cotton wear would be comfortable for the summer and monsoon while the spring and autumn would require light woolens. The winter would require heavy woolens.

Drug Trafficking

Drug trafficking is prohibited in Nepal and persons found guilty of drug trafficking are prosecuted under the law of the land.

Substance Abuse

Mass media notify incidences of substance abuse and NMC has the policy to discourage people against substance abuse and fight against it.