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Faculty of Medicine

Practical training and placements in Würzburg

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

If you are interested in clinical placements, clerkships, or electives, please ensure that you fulfil the following requirements:

  • You are currently enrolled as a full-time student at a partner university, either of the University of Würzburg or our Faculty (ERASMUS partner universities of the Faculty)
  • You send us your request approximately one year prior to the intended start date of your placement
  • You have the necessary German language skills: An absolute minimum of B2 (CEFR) is required before you start your placement

Conditions of placement training

  • The total duration of your placement must be at least two months
  • The minimum duration per subject area / specialty is two weeks
  • The working week is defined as Monday to Friday (deviations possible only with prior agreement/approval)
  • Amendments will not be possible once you have received confirmation of your training placement
  • A maximum of FOUR separate departments/specialties are allowed
  • Currently, placement training is only possible when, on entering Germany, you are actually permitted by current law and the regulations to do so and you are fully compliant with the laws and local regulations/guidelines governing quarantine restrictions, particularly with respect to persons travelling to Würzburg from listed countries and regions of high risk. For further information, you must refer to the current information provided by the German Government Foreign Office website (Auswärtiges Amt)  and the regional public health office in Würzburg (Gesundheitsamt, information currently only in German).
  • You may be required to undergo a test for SARS-CoV-2 prior to starting your placement. Please be aware that you may have to cover the costs of this test yourself 
  • Trainees are bound to adhere to the hygiene as well as confidentiality and data protection policies currently in force (you will be handed the respective forms and information flyers by the clinic on arrival)


How to apply for a training placement or clinical clerkship/elective:


Please send your application/request, including the following details:

  • The entire duration of the placement requested (please give precise start and end dates)
  • If you are planning to work in a number of disciplines, please state the exact number of weeks you seek to spend in each. In the case of surgery and general (internal) medicine, please contact the respective departments/sections directly (e.g. General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Pneumonology, Gastroenterology, etc). When planning your visit to Würzburg, please bear in mind public holidays in both your own country and here in Germany, possible examination dates at your home university, and remember to plan for these from the outset.
  • The title of your home university
  • The semester or year of study you will be in when you plan on taking the training placement in Würzburg

directly to one or more of the departments/institutes of

in which you are planning on completing your clinical placement. Please attach the following documents to your application:

  • Certificate of enrolment from your university and your certificate of passing the preclinical medical school examination (Part I of the Medical Licensing Examination, M1, "Physikum") or evidence of your status as clinical medical student at your home university
  • A document from your dean of study's office, stating 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)
  • Curriculum vitae including a recent photograph
  • Up-to-date German language certification (from within the last two years and preferably the last year) or equivalent
  • If necessary, a letter of recommendation

Step 2:

Should you be accepted, please forward your letter of acceptance and your Learning Agreement for Traineeships to Ms Barbara Moll.

Step 3:

  • You will now need to make an appointment with the occupational health service, "Betriebsärztlicher Dienst" (please contact the department at least eight weeks before you arrive in Würzburg, as appointments are difficult to guarantee at short notice). Please bring the form documenting your immune status(*) with you to the appointment, after your general practitioner or family doctor has filled out and signed it. Please ensure that this form also documents your vaccination/immunity status with respect to measles.
  • Where necessary, please provide evidence of any required specialty-specific immunity or vaccination status, including your measles status, directly to the department in which your training is to take place. You are requested to show this documentation to the occupational health service when you have your appointment.
  • Please submit the following documents:

  1. Declaration on confidentiality (*) 
  2. Declaration ondata protection (*) 
  3. Confirmation of knowledge of the directive on hygiene (*)

(*) All these forms are available in the WueCampus room specifically for this purpose. Please contact your placement training site for further information and the required credentials for access to WueCampus and the respective room.


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 interpret 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.


Registration at our University

Registration as a programme student at JMU is only worthwhile for a stay of at least three months and more. A semester contribution is paid every semester (October - March, April - September), which has the following advantages:

  • Use of the public transport system within Würzburg free of charge
  • Food in the university dining halls at reduced prices (the dining halls are only open during active term times)
  • You may apply for a room in one of the student halls of residence or dormitories (see below)
  • You may take German language courses for free at the University's language teaching centre. The language teaching centre offers offers intensive German courses each lasting one month during the months of September and March, as well as language courses during the semester.

If you are interested in registering with the University, please contact Ms Moll at least six months prior to the start of the semester (please see the contact details on the right of this page)


Accommodation in Würzburg:


  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 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.