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Medical Elective Programme



Acceptance depends on the situation of COVID-19


Medical Elective Programme
The Jikei University offers a wide range of electives to students in their final year of study at medical school.


Eligibility and Duration of the Course
We offer electives of 4 or 8 weeks. Please see the Application Process. Please be aware that we are not always able to accommodate your preference. We will try to accommodate you in an elective of your choice, but if all these specialties are full we will notify you. Please note that we only accept applications from students whose nationality is on the list of those eligible for visa exemption provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Exemption of Visa (Short-Term Stay)
(The exception is if students are enrolled at one of partnership universities).


Elective fees
There are no elective course fees. Students will be responsible for all travel expenses.


Departments Available

Cardiac Surgery
Clinical Pathology
Emergency Medicine:http://jikeier.com/concept.html
Intensive Care Unit
Medicine (Gastroenterology /Hepatology)
Medicine (Neurology)
Medicine (Nephrology/Hypertension):https://jikei-kidneyht.wixsite.com/english
Medicine (Rheumatology/Collagen Disease)
Medicine (Cardiology)
Medicine (Diabetes/Endocrinology)
Medicine (Oncology/Haematology)
Medicine (Respiratory)
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Orthopaedic Surgery
Plastic Surgery
Radiology (Radiotherapy)
Radiology (Diagnostic)
Surgery (Gastrointenstinal Tract/Hepatobiliary Tract)
Surgery (Breast/Endocrine)
Surgery (Paediatric)
Surgery (Thoracic)
Surgery (Vascular)



Application Process

Application Form and Immunisation Form can be downloaded from below.

Application Form  Application Form  2019.12.25


Immunisation Form  2022.8.19 New

Please return the following documents by e-mail.


 1. Enrollment certificate
 2. Academic transcript
 3. Recommendation letter from Dean
 4. Copy of passport


Your recommendation letter must be signed by the dean, stamped with the university seal, and directly emailed by the dean to the following email address.
Incomplete application will not be considered.


Cautions : We can receive an email with a total file size of a less than 5 MB. If the total file size 5 MB or more, please send files through separate emails. Please note that it is our policy to accept no more than 2 students from a single institution for each term.(Autumn-Winter term and Spring-Summer term).


Apply to:
Centre for International Affairs
e-mail address: elective@jikei.ac.jp



We will notify you as soon as possible after the application for the elective has been processed as to whether it is successful or not. Please note that we have a limited number of electives available. Your confirmation to an offered elective must be sent by e-mail. If you choose to withdraw from an accepted elective, please inform us immediately so that your elective can be offered to others.


Once accepted, you cannot change your Department.
In case of cancellation after you are accepted as an elective student at our university, please send a cancellation letter from your Dean of your university.


Please feel free to contact us (elective@jikei.ac.jp) if you need assistance or have questions.


When to Apply:
We accept applications only during the following periods. (Except for students of partnership universities, who can apply at any time.)

1. Spring‐Summer term
For Elective Period: 1 April 2024‐30 September 2024
Applications should be sent in between 1 August 2023 - 31 October 2023


2. Autumn‐Winter term
For Elective Period: 1 October 2024‐31 March 2025
Applications should be sent in between 1 February 2024 - 30 April 2024



Your elective program period cannot be started during these periods.

8 April 2024 - 6 May 2024
9 December 2024 - 5 January 2025
7 April 2025 - 6 May 2025

Please note your elective period can start only on Monday or, if Monday is a holiday, on Tuesday. (Tuesday start dates: July 16, August 13, September 17, September 24, October 15, November 5, 2024 and Januray 14, February 25, 2025)
You are also expected to bring your own white coat (and tie for male students) to wear during your elective period.
Upon your arrival, please come to the Centre for International Affairs (Ground floor, Daigaku Kanri-tou) at 9:30 in the morning.
*Should you be late on your first day, please inform us as soon as possible, as this will affect the day’s scheduled activities.


Accommodation , Insurance and Occupational Health

The number of the rooms is limited. In addition, the priority is set on the students for our partnership universities. Please note, due to this limited capacity of our accommodation, it is essential that you make an enquiry to book a room well in advance. It is not possible to offer any financial assistance towards the expenses of elective students. Students must make their own arrangements for travel to this country.


Campus Accommodation
Tel: 81-(0)3-3433-1111 ext. 2869
Officer's available time : Monday to Friday 9:00-17:00


It is obligatory for all overseas elective students to obtain liability insurance and health insurance. Please ensure that you are covered before coming to Japan. If you are not covered by insurance, you are responsible for covering any medical or liability costs.


Occupational Health
All applicants are asked to complete an Immunisation Form. It is not possible for students to have contact with patients until we have received proof that they are immune to the following: hepatitis B, tuberculosis, mumps, measles, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox). We strongly recommend that you are up to date with the above immunisations. Your clinical placement may be restricted if we think that you are a risk to the health and safety of patients or staff.




Professor Susumu Minamisawa M.D., Ph.D.
Director of Centre for International Affairs


Centre for International Affairs,
The Jikei University School of Medicine

3-25-8 Nishi-shimbashi, Minato-ku Tokyo 105-8461, Japan
e-mail : elective@jikei.ac.jp
Tel : 81-(0)3-3433-1111