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Faculty of Medicine

Practical training and placements in Würzburg

Students from abroad are more than welcome to take the opportunity to complete a clinical clerkship, elective, or training placement here in Würzburg.

Maximum length: 2 monthts

If you are interested in clinical placements, clerkships, or electives, please send your application/request early, approximately one year prior to the intended start date of your placement directly to the department/institute of your choice:

  • at University Hospital Würzburg (UKW). You will find a complete list of all the departments and disciplines on clicking the main menu item "Kliniken und Zentren" (German) (Clinical Departments on the English site). You can navigate to the respective contact data for each department via the subsequently linked pages. In the case of surgery and general (internal) medicine, please contact the respective subspecialties (e.g. general surgery, vascular surgery, pneumonology, gastroenterology, and so on), or
  • at Würzburg Central Hospital (Klinikum Würzburg Mitte a teaching hospital), or
  • the orthopaedic clinic König-Ludwig-Haus (link only in German)

Please send the following information / documentation with your application:

  • The duration of the placement/rotation/clerkship requested (please give precise start and end dates)
  • Current certificate of enrolment from your university
  • A document/letter (in German or English) from your dean of study's office, certifying the requirement of your degree course to complete compulsory practical training placements/courses (e.g. in the form of a letter of recommendation or similar)
  • Certificate of successful completion of the preclinical medical school examination (or equivalent of Part I of the Medical Licensing Examination, M1, "Physikum") or evidence of your status as clinical medical student at your home university
  • Up-to-date German language certification where applicable (from within the last two years and preferably the last year, the minimum requirement recommended is B2 on the CEFR scale)

If your placement/rotation/clerkship is approved and you are accepted, the respective department office will send you a number of documents relating to hygiene guidelines in force, compliance with data protection and medical confidentiality requirements, examination by the occupational medicine department, your current vaccination status, and more specifically your measles protection).


If you develop symptoms of acute respiratory illness during your stay in Würzburg, you must register for and undergo a test for COVID-19 immediately. In case you come into direct confirmed contact without any form of valid protection with a person suffering from COVID-19 privately, you will have to interrupt your placement until the local public health office (Gesundheitsamt) has reached a decision on the necssity of quarantine or not and informed you of their decision.

Insurance cover while in Germany

You alone are responsible for adequate insurance cover while you are here. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers ERASMUS awardees as well as their partners and children an affordable package combining health, accident, and personal liability cover.

Accommodation in Würzburg:

Accommodation for such short stays as required for practical training placements and clinical clerkships/electives is not normally available through university channels. Your best option is to review the private rental market. See the information under Points 1and 2 below:

  1. Accommodation in a student hall of residence or dormitory of the University is only available, if:
    • you are registered as a programme student of our University
    • Your placement dates (almost) coincide with the usual periods of rental offered by the halls of residence:
      October - March
      April - September

      Application deadlines for accommodation in a hall of residence or dormitory:
      15 January for the summer semester, 15 June for the winter semester
      Please be aware that the demand for private accommodation in Würzburg is exceptionally high.
  2. If you are searching for accommodation on the private market, you will find some helpful tips on the following University webpage: tips for room and flat-hunting.

During your studies abroad, we can help you deal with all sorts of issues. In addition to the contacts in the Dean of Studies' Office, you will find will find assistance through:


The International Office Student Tutor Programme

The International Office of the University of Würzburg (IO) coordinates international relations affairs and partnerships the JMU has entered into. The IO provides information on application and admissions, as well as offering you the opportunity of support through tutors, who can assist you as initial guides, help with your search for accommodation, or mediate in problems with authorities and insurance.

Referat Internationales

A taskforce at the University of Würzburg aiming to integrate our foreign students a little more and introduce them to the country, state, and culture here. Currently, the page is only updated in German and little can be offered as a result of the pandemic.

KHGESG (in German only)

Both the catholic and protestant student communities offer spiritual guidance, recreational, and social activities - for some an ideal opportunity to meet and get to know new people.

Homestay for foreign students in Germany (FAS)

German families open their doors and hearts to foreign students year for year for two weeks at Easter, in the summer, or over Christmas. Both the families and their guests alike benefit extensively from the intercultural experience.

If you are matriculated at a German university, technical college, or a so-called "Studienkolleg" and would like to get to know Germany from a different viewpoint, the association "Experiment e.V." can offer this opportunity with financial support from the German Foreign Office. Staying with a host family will enable you to experience German culture first hand, make new friends, and improve your German language skills. The host families are distributed all over Germany. You may specify a region of preference, however they cannot guarantee that such wishes are taken into consideration .

Please visit their website for further information and an application form.