Boost your career WITH a Biomedical Science placement abroad

Go on a once-in-a-lifetime biomedical science placement abroad with Work the World and you’ll get career-boosting clinical experience in an overseas hospital. Then in your free time, you’ll have life-changing travel experiences with new friends.

You are in total control — you tell us what you want to experience and we'll tailor your overseas placement to your specific interests. You choose everything from the destination right down to the individual departments you want to get experience in.

You’ll find your biomedical science placement to be life-changing. And that’s true whether you’re undertaking a placement for biomedical science students or graduates.

Why go on a biomedical science placement abroad?

  • Unique experience that puts you ahead of your peers
  • Stand out to employers
  • Strengthen your academic profile
  • Build a network to tap into during your career
  • Gain perspective that reframes your view of your own healthcare service
  • Boost confidence by stepping out of your comfort zone

"I got a breadth of experience across anatomical pathology, general surgery, emergency medicine, and plastic and reconstructive surgery." - Shane, University of Newcastle
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Eye-opening clinical Placement

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On your overseas biomedical science placement, you will get a breadth of eye-opening clinical experience in low-resource hospital settings.

There are abundant opportunities in departments like general medicine, surgery, A&E, ICUs, anaesthesiology, OBG, and paediatrics.

Or, if you're interested in a particular speciality, you can explore everything from plastic and reconstructive surgery to anaesthetics.

If you're considering graduate medicine after completing your biomedical science degree, this is the perfect opportunity to get real-world experience.

Things you might see on placement:

  • Different cultural attitudes towards care
  • Religious beliefs affecting practice
  • Extremely late presentations and advanced conditions

You also have flexibility when it comes to your shift patterns during your biomedical science placement. As the majority of our partner hospitals are open 24/7, so you can undertake day shifts, night shifts, or both.

Spend time in the lab

Biomedical ScienceIf you're staying on the biomedical science track, you can use your placement to see how things like infectious and tropical diseases are diagnosed and treated and gain an understanding of parasitology, all while liaising with related clinical departments to see how conditions are handled at multiple levels.

You can choose from relevant departments, including:

  • Haematology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Pathology
  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
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Tap into our hospital partnerships

Our long-established international hospital partnerships let us tailor your placement down to a level of detail that would be impossible if you were trying to organise your trip independently.

The partnerships also allow us to guarantee things like your hospital placement, supervision, and your choice of departments. You'll get detailed information on all of the above long before you travel.

You also get an exceptional level of flexibility should you want to amend your biomedical science placement choices while you're abroad. All of this means you can create a placement suited perfectly to you, without the risk of your placement plans falling through.

Once-in-a-lifetime travel

As a biomedical science student or graduate, your biomedical science placement abroad is the focus of your trip. But your free time in the afternoons and weekends will be packed full of experiences like:

  • Relaxing on palm-lined, white-sand beaches
  • Getting close to elephants, lions and giraffes on safari
  • Swimming with curious sea turtles on warm tropical reefs
  • Hiking (or paragliding!) through the Himalayas
  • Spending a weekend hopping between paradise islands

But it's the people you share it with that make your Work the World trip memorable. You'll live with other healthcare students and graduates in a big private house.

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What's included?

The service you get with us is end-to-end. That means we will support you before, during and even after your trip.

You'll get:

  • Fully tailored biomedical science placement
  • English-speaking supervision
  • Private, catered accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country team
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • + more

Arrivals are every Sunday, 52 weeks of the year — travel on your biomedical science placement when it suits you. Durations of placements start from one week.

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Ghana - Takoradi
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On a biomedical science placement in Ghana, you can choose to work in a district-level hospital, a maternity clinic, or the best-equipped city hospital. However, don't assume "best-equipped" means well-equipped – medical practices in Ghana differ from what you're used to, with limited resources making this placement uniquely eye-opening. Despite the challenges, you'll observe local staff creatively overcoming barriers to provide quality care.

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Nepal - Kathmandu
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Opting for a biomedical science placement in Kathmandu allows you to choose your placement from a major teaching hospital, a specialized maternity and women's hospital, or a dedicated children's hospital. Boasting 22 departments, the teaching hospital holds the record for the highest number of medicine specialities in the country. Given that the children's hospital is a unique establishment in Nepal and with 45% of the country's population being under 15, anticipate a bustling placement.

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Philippines - Iloilo
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Your biomedical science placement in Panay Island involves the largest government tertiary referral hospital and a tertiary teaching hospital. While the Philippines does have a national health insurance service, its coverage is restricted, especially in government hospitals. To put it in context, local doctors must consider patients' financial means when delivering treatments and prescribing medication, rather than focusing solely on their medical needs. Given that a significant number of patients come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, this dynamic significantly influences the way care is provided.

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Sri Lanka - Kandy
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In Kandy, your biomedical science placement options include a government teaching hospital and a specialized paediatric institute. The teaching hospital is expansive, featuring 11 special units, 7 ICUs, and 23 theatres. With a service area encompassing around 2.5 million potential patients, you can anticipate a consistently high influx of patients.

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Vietnam - Hue
Pharmacy placements in Vietnam
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In Hue, your biomedical science placement unfolds within a 600-bed university teaching hospital. Approximately half of the hospital's patients hail from Vietnam's rural and economically disadvantaged areas. While healthcare is free for many of these patients, getting to the hospital entails a costly journey and sacrificing days of paid work during admission. Consequently, patients often postpone seeking medical attention, leading to exceptionally late presentations and the manifestation of severely advanced conditions. The medical practices you'll witness here will significantly differ from what you're accustomed to.

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Pharmacy placements in Vietnam

"Before I started placement, I was introduced to the hospital and staff, which really helped me overcome my anxieties about beginning my placement".

Lauren Grinstead, Manchester Metropolitan University 2024

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