An annual exchange programme between medical students at
Swansea University and the University of The Gambia
University of The Gambia
The Swansea Gambia Link runs an annual exchange programme for medical students from the University of The Gambia and Swansea University. Student-led committees from both medical schools work in partnership to:
- Run the exchange and ensure it remains a valuable educational opportunity for both Gambian and Swansea students
- Maintain strong links between the two institutions; and fundraise to keep those aims going into the future.
From The Gambia to Swansea
Every year, SGL raises funds to bring medical students from the University of The Gambia to Swansea for a two week placement. This is a great opportunity for the Gambian students to learn about both medical education in the UK and the NHS. But, it is also an amazing opportunity for Swansea students to get to know the Gambians and to learn about medicine in The Gambia. Aside from university classes, there’s also experiences in local hospitals and lots of social events for the students to connect with each other.
An example timetable for the Gambian’s trip
Tour of Swansea
|Tuesday||Day trip around the Gower peninsula|
Meal hosted by Swansea students
|Wednesday||Taster sessions of different specialties at local hospitals (LOCS)|
|Friday||More specialty taster sessions |
|Saturday||Optional trip to the Mumbles or Brecon Beacons|
|Sunday||Local medical conference|
Want to be in the next exchange programme?
Each year, new students are selected to participate in the exchange programme.
In Swansea, medical students are selected to go on the exchange in their second year.
In The Gambia, students may be selected from different year groups.