Final-year clinical elective at UKE & academic teaching hospitals

    • You are studying medicine at a medical faculty outside of Germany in your final year at the time of the elective
    • You have completed the prerequisite core clerkships at your home institution
    • You can start the final-year clinical elective on every Monday, except for Internal Medicine at UKE. For Internal Medicine at UKE, please refer to the respective starting dates .
    • Language requirements for all subjects except surgery at UKE: German B2 (CEFR)
    • Language requirements for surgery at UKE: English B2, German A2 (CEFR)

  • You can apply for a clinical elective with a duration between 8 and 16 weeks

    • Option 1: one subject of min. 8 and max. 16 weeks
    • Option 2: two subjects of each 8 weeks

    Subjects at UKE and academic teaching hospitals:

    • General medicine
    • Anesthesiology
    • Ophthalmology
    • Surgery
    • Dermatology and venereology
    • Geriatrics
    • Gynaecology and obstetrics
    • Otorhinolaryngology
    • Cardiovascular surgery
    • Internal medicine
    • Pediatric surgery
    • Child and youth psychiatry
    • Microbiology
    • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
    • Neurosurgery
    • Neurology
    • Neuroradiology
    • Orthopaedics/Trauma Surgery
    • Paediatrics
    • Palliative care
    • Pathology
    • Physical and rehabilitative medicine
    • Plastic Surgery
    • Psychiatry
    • Psychosomatics
    • Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
    • Forensic Medicine
    • Radiotherapy
    • Tropical Medicine
    • Urology

  • In internal medicine and surgery, the minimum duration of a clicinal elective is also eight weeks. However, it is possible to take specialisations for four-week rotations. The rotation plans are developed at the beginning of the elective in the respective clinics.

    On the first day, students can express their wishes, which will be taken into consideration - provided the capacities of the departments allow it. For capacity reasons, there is no guarantee for certain rotations.

    Specialties in internal medicine:

    • Angiology
    • Cardiology
    • Endocrinology and diabetology
    • Gastroenterology
    • Haematology and oncology
    • Internal emergency room
    • Nephrology
    • Pneumology
    • Rheumatology

    Specialties in surgery:

    • Endocrine surgery
    • Heart surgery
    • Hepatobiliary and transplant surgery
    • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
    • Neurosurgery
    • Orthopaedics/Trauma Surgery
    • Pediatric surgery
    • Plastic surgery
    • Vascular surgery and vascular medicine
    • Visceral surgery

  • There are two application periods each year (May & December):

    • 1 to 15 December 2021: For electives starting between 16 May 2022 and 20 February 2023
    • 1 to 15 May 2022: For electives starting between 21 November 2022 and 28 August 2023

    Application documents:

    • Application Form (available in December 2021)
    • Letter of Support from your home institution that states that
      • You are currently enrolled and in good academic standing
      • You will be in your final year at the time of the elective
      • You are approved of completing the elective
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Transcript of Records (in German or English)
    • Proof of German proficiency (unless native speaker)
    • Copy of your passport

    All documents must be submitted via email to Amke Wildung .

  • Amke Wildung
    • Academic advising & coordination
    • International exchange

    Campus Lehre N55 , 4th Floor, Room number 04.06.1
  • Please note that we cannot provide you with a place to live. Helpful links for finding accommodation in Hamburg are listed on the website of Universität Hamburg .

  • Work permit: Students from countries that do not belong to the EU, the European Economic Area or Switzerland require a work permit in Germany for traineeships of more than 90 days. This also applies to unpaid traineeships and also if the students do not need a residence permit for Germany.

    Visa: If you want to know whether you need a visa to enter Germany, check out the list of countries with a visa requirement from the Foreign Office.

    Please make sure you apply for your visa in good time with the responsible German foreign representatives , as it can take between 2 and 3 months to process!

    Please contact Amke Wildung in case you need to submit an invitation letter and/or a work permit to the diplomatic representation.

Applying for a clinical clerkship (year 3 to 5)

Applicants from EU member states, states of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland apply directly to the respective clinic .

All other applicants apply through International Guests .

Applying for an observership for recent graduates

Applicants from EU member states, states of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland apply directly to the respective clinic .

All other applicants apply through International Guests .

Erasmus+ Traineeship

Erasmus+ supports traineeships abroad for students currently enrolled in higher education institutions in programme countries at undergraduate and graduate level as well as for doctoral candidates. These opportunities are also open to recent graduates.

You can apply through the international or Erasmus+ office of your higher education institution.

An inter-institutional agreement between your home university and the Medical Faculty of Universität Hamburg is not necessary.

The application procedures for final-year clinical electives, clerkships and observerships within the Erasmus+ programme are the same as described above.