European Cancer Organisation

Medical students

Elective Courses in Oncology

Please note that ECCO will no longer organise the elective courses in oncology for medical students.
We invite you to visit the website of the European School of Oncology ( for similar opportunities. 


With the key goal of encouraging medical students to specialise in an oncology related discipline, two Elective Courses in Oncology for Medical Students are organised.

The courses provide insight into all aspects of oncology with both theoretical and practical sessions. The programme incorporates plenary sessions, case study presentations, daily special visits to various oncology departments and group course projects that must be finalised and presented at the end of the course.

Students will be selected through a competitive application process. Successful candidates benefit from free registration and accommodation at a fellow student’s home as well as a travel grant. Forty eight students will be selected for the two courses.

The courses have been designated for European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System Credits (ECTS).


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Target Group

  • The courses are offered to medical students who have completed their fourth year of studies at the time of the course
  • Applicants must live and work in a European country


Course Objectives

  • To provide insight into all aspects of oncology with both theoretical and practical sessions
  • To facilitate a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment
  • To give a presentation on a specific and defined topic


Course Format

  • Ten working days
  • The programme covers all aspects of oncology
  • Theoretical plenary sessions of a maximum 2 hours every day
  • Case presentations
  • Daily two-hour practical sessions in small groups every day (labs, ward visits, etc)  
  • Preparation in small working groups of a presentation on a specific topic under the supervision of a teacher.
  • The last day will be devoted to the project presentations delivered by the students (compulsory)
  • Students are requested to bring their laptops to the course
  • The official language is English - students must be fluent in English