As at 1 October 2019

RUMC international student placements are open to international medical students who are in their pre-final and final year applicants from recognized universities. An international student placement is a period where an international medical student joins RUMC students in their clinical teaching rotations in Penang Hospital as well as tutorials/lectures at RUMC. It is not an internship or an apprenticeship. Involvement in clinical care will be provided under supervision of attending clinicians. The extent of involvement is given at the discretion of the supervisors.

International student placements are limited and are approved on a first-come-first-served basis with conditions that all application requirements are met. Please note all applications to RUMC must be confirmed at least 6 months before your student attachment placement dates with the completed application documents and administrative fee. The departments that are available for student placement are as follows:

  • General Surgery
  • General Medicine
  • Orthopedic
  • Psychiatry
  • Paediatrics

In order to understand the process flow, please refer to SECTION A.

If you wish to enquire on the availability of dept. based on your preferred dates, please complete the enquiry form under SECTION B with latest CV and e-mail it to and our Officer-In-Charge of electives term placement will then revert to you within the next 14 working days.

Download Process Flow.
Download Enquiry Form.

GEMx – Global Education in Medicine Exchange
RUMC is a partner of GEMx, if your university is also a partner of GEMx, you may wish to apply under this partnership. If you would like to find out more, please visit their website at

Contact Person:
Masitah Shahabudin
BA (Hons) Bus Admin, CeMBA
Senior Administrative Assistant (Academic), Registry