Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The courses I wish to take run in parallel. What can I do?
We try to fulfill everybody's wishes regarding their study courses. Should two courses run in parallel, the modular system at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) may not allow you to follow both courses. Please contact us nevertheless, and we will try to look for alternatives for you.
Should I take a German course while in Göttingen?
Of course we generally recommend that you attend a language class while in Göttingen. A good command of German helps you not least during your studies. We recommend you to take a course at the Sprachlehrzentrum (foreign language lab) at the University of Göttingen. You can register using the online application form. Please note that participation is subject to a fee.
You may also wish to take an online language course with "DUO Online".
I heard there are tutors for me. What does that mean?
To help Incomings settle in, a number of kind students have volunteered to be a tutor. Your first tutor will perform the "Gretel Service” for you: He/she will pick you up at the Göttingen train station and guide you to your room. The service is organized by the International Student Services at Wilhelmsplatz in the center of Göttingen.
If you are planning to take a German course at the Sprachlehrzentrum (foreign language lab), there will be a medical faculty tutor for Incomings who can provide you with helpful information on Göttingen and the University Medical Center.
Our own ERASMUS tutors will be there for you throughout your stay in Göttingen. They are medical students during their clinical study phase. Friendships frequently evolve from these interactions. We will send you a list of all students and tutors prior to your arrival so you can contact people in advance.
I would like to do some or all of my practical year in Göttingen. What do I need to do?
The application process for a practical year (Praktisches Jahr, PJ) is similar to that for the clinical study phase. The first step is your online application. Please enter in detail your subjects and the exact time periods you wish to complete each of these subjects. We kindly ask you to discuss your desired combination of subjects with us beforehand.
I have completed my courses in Göttingen. What do I need to do next?
For every exam that you pass in Göttingen you will receive a Credit Certificate (Schein). Your control sheet (Laufzettel) will indicate at which Sekretariat you can collect which certificate. Please collect your certificates and return them all at once to us at the end. We will need the original versions to create your Transcript of Records.
Please note that we need all your Credit Certificates! In case you pass an exam on the last day of your stay in Göttingen, please contact the relevant Secretariat and ask them to forward your Credit Certificate to us via internal mail. Only then can we create your Transcript of Records. A complete list of addresses and contacts can be found in the Information System of the University of Göttingen (UniVZ).
In any case you will receive a Certificate of Residence that states the time period of your studies at the University Medical Center Göttingen. Please let us know in case were away from Göttingen for a longer period of time.
In case you have failed an exam, you may take the retry exam during the 14th week of the semester. To do so, you need to enter your name in a list at the Study Secretary with Ms. Junga Parschau beforehand. Ms. Junga Parschau will also be able to tell you the exact date and time of the retry exams.
Once completed, the Transcript of Records, Certificate of Residence, and original Credit Certificates will be sent to the ERASMUS office at your home University.