Medical school in Germany differs substantially from medical studies in the United States. Rather than engage in both undergraduate (pre-medical) studies and graduate studies, German students begin their medical education from the beginning of their college studies. The process of obtaining a medical education can take up to about eight years to complete in the German medical system.

University of Würzburg

Medical studies at the University of Würzburg focus on medical research, but also clinical practice and teaching. Students have numerous opportunities to research in various fields of study. Some of these include transfusion medicine and hemotherapy, radiology, radiotherapy, women's health, adolescent and child psychology, psychotherapy and psychosomatics, neurosurgery, orthopedics, molecular medicine and tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The university is home to 14 different medical research centers such as the Institute of Human Genetics and the Theodor-Boveri Institute for Biosciences.

University of Würzburg

Sanderring 2

97070 Würzburg



Hannover Medical School

The medical school at the University of Hannover has a well-established reputation for research in the medical field. The school is home to two different medical clinics: the Clinic for Dermatology, Allergology and Venerology and the Clinic for Orthopaedic Surgery. Research at the institution has several different areas of focus. Some of these include immunology and transplantational medicine, cancer therapy in both children and adult, neonatology, immune system disease and infection, pneumology and cardiovascular medicine and reconstructive surgery. Students have a number of options in their medical studies. In addition to a traditional medical degree, students can pursue a Master of Science in Biomedicine; they can also pursue additional studies in the fields of biochemistry and public health.

Medizinische Hochschule Hannover

Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1

30625 Hannover



University of Heidelberg

The medical faculty at the University of Heidelberg offers an extensive medical training program. The university offers students the opportunity to study in various fields of study within the medical field. Home to 12 different research institutes and 15 different clinics, the University of Heidelberg's medical school offers something for medical students with various research interests. Research at the university is focused primarily in areas such as human genetics, anatomy and cell biology, forensic medicine, physiology and pathophysiology, occupational and social medicine, hygiene, pharmacology and medical biochemistry and informatics. The university works in conjunction with prominent research centers such as the Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

University of Heidelberg

Im Neuenheimer Feld 346

69120 Heidelberg



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