Exchange Programme

An annual exchange programme between medical students at
Swansea University and the University of The Gambia

Swansea University
University of The Gambia

Our Story

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

Anatomy classes
Tour of Swansea
Welcome meal
TuesdayDay trip around the Gower peninsula
Meal hosted by Swansea students
WednesdayTaster sessions of different specialties at local hospitals (LOCS)
ThursdayClinical skills
FridayMore specialty taster sessions
Sports tournament
Night out
SaturdayOptional trip to the Mumbles or Brecon Beacons
SundayLocal 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.