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Faculty of Medicine

Studying in Würzburg for programme participants

Studying in Würzburg through international programmes

The degree course in human medicine is divided into three parts:

  • preclinical medical school lasting 2 years, at the end of which candidates sit Part One of the Medical Licence Examination
  • clinical medical school lasting three years, which is completed on passing Part Two of the Medical Licence Examination
  • and finally, the so-called Practical Year, in which three rotations of practical training each lasting 16 weeks are completed. After 48 weeks of continuous practical training, candidates must sit Part Three of the Medical Licence Examination in order to qualify as a physician/doctor

During a period of study in Würzburg lasting one to a maximum of two semesters, exchange students may select courses from those on offer during clinical medical school (years 3 - 5, semesters 5 - 9).

In order to spend an exchange semester or year at the JMU in Würzburg, you will first have to have been nominated and selected by your home university for the exchange programme with Würzburg. Please contact the ERASMUS coordinator at your home university or institution and submit your application for an exchange place. Your home university will inform us of your nomination, should you be selected.

Staff of the International Office in Würzburg will then send you specific information on admission, accommodation, and language courses in preparation of your visit. The application deadline is 15 June for visits commencing in the winter semester and 15 January for visits commencing in the summer semester. Information on admissions for exchange study may be found on the website of the JMU International Office.

The Faculty of Medicine will send you subject-specific information, which also relates to the selection of courses.

You must apply before the deadline for a room in a student residence hall or dormitory. The same deadlines apply as to admission. Please refer to the respective webpages provided by the International Office and the Studierendenwerk, the student accommodation and facilities administration service.

Language requirements

A sound knowledge of German is necessary in order to study at the Faculty of Medicine in Würzburg (absolute minimum level is B2, preferably C1 (CEFR)).

Intensive courses in German in preparation

The  University Language Centre (ZFS) offers intensive courses in German in the months of September and March (prior to the start of the respective winter or summer semesters). In addition or alternatively, you may also participate in language teaching during the semester. ECTS cedits are available for successful participation (intensive course earn 8 ECTS credits and a course during the semester between 2 and 5 ECTS credits). Language courses are available to programme students free of charge. 

An excellent opportunity to improve your language competency and make new contacts is the programme  face2face, through which you can be matched with a partner to exchange in conversation on whatever you wish to talk about and at your own pace and leisure.

Online course "German as a foreign language for medics"

The Virtual University of Bavaria generally offers courses online in German as a foreign language for medics at the CEFR levels of B1, B2, C1, and C2, which are free of charge to students enrolled at the University of Würzburg (currently, there is no listing available for the coming summer semester). In addition to two modules specifically aimed at students, the foci lie on patient-doctor communication and clinical routine. Exercises are based on authentic material, such as lecture content, case presentations, expert interviews, and professional texts, aimed at training the required language competency. Depending on your personal interests and how far you are with your studies, you may select parts of individual modules. If you pass six of the module tests, which also take place online, you can earn a certificate or confirmation of participation, as well as earn ECTS credits. To find out more information, please e-mail

During your period of study abroad, plenty of support is available to you, covering all possible concerns. In addition to the staff in the Office of the Dean of Studies, you can also find assistance from:


 The International Office tutoring programme

The University of Würzburg International Office coordinates international relations and the JMU's partnerships. The office itself provides plenty of information on application and admissions. The link directs to information specific to the tutoring programme provided by the International Office of the University. Tutors will assist with a number of issues you may encounter, such as hunting for accommodation, finding your way around the University and city, as well as problems with the authorities and insurance companies.

Würzburg International Network

The Würzburg International Network (WIN) is a working group of the Body of Students' Representatives (students' union). Students involved invest their time and enthusiasm on a voluntary basis. Members of the working group view themselves as committed to the idea of international and intercultural understanding, whose aim is to help foreign students in Würzburg experience the most exciting and interesting stay abroad as possible. WIN wishes to promote intercultural dialogue and campaign for the integration of foreign students. To this effect, the group plans cultural events, trips to numerous German towns and cities, as well as other events every semester (although currently all activities have been cancelled owing to COVID-19 restrictions).


Both the Catholic (KHG )as well as the Protestant student community (ESG) offer spiritual guidance, recreational, and social activities. This is also an interesting opportunity to meet many new people. Both organizations can also offer assistance in crises, if you need support.

Homestay for foreign students in Germany (FAS)


Every year at Easter, during summer, and during the Christmas holidays, German families open their doors and hearts to a foreign student visitor for a period of two weeks. Both guests and families alike cherish the personal rewards this amazing intercultural experience offers.

If you are enrolled at a German university, technical college (university of applied sciences) or study college, and would like to become acquainted with a different side of German life, the organization Experiment e.V. can offer you this opportunity with financial support from the German Foreign Office. Your stay with a guest family will allow you to experience German culture close up, make new friends, while improving your language abilities. Guest families are distributed throughout the whole country. When applying, you may select a region of preference; we cannot however guarantee that all such wishes be taken fully into consideration.

Further information and the application form is available on the organization's website:
Experiment e.V. homestay programme