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Application Information for: Magdeburg - Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg


  • US citizens in possession of a valid US passport do not need a visa for airport transit, tourist or business trips for stays up to 90 days.
  • This does not necessarily apply to US residents who hold an Alien Registration Card (green card). They need to check the relevant visa requirements with the authorities of the country of their nationality.
  • If you do not already have a passport, I would encourage you to start that process. Here is the link to the US State Department website that addresses passport applications:

Application Fees

  • There is no cost/tuition for KU students coming to Magdeburg.

Rotation Information

Available to SOM

  • Surgery
    • General, Visceral and Vascular Surgery
    • Children's Surgery
    • Accident Surgery
    • Plastic Surgery, Aesthetic and hand Surgery
    • Cardiac Surgery and Surgery of the Chest
  • Internal Medicine
    • Cardiology, Angiology and Pneumology
    • Pneumology
    • Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectiology
    • Renal Medicine and Hypertonia with Field of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases
    • Haematology and Oncology
    • Experimental Internal Medicine


  • If you wish to live on campus, you must apply for housing at the Student Union, called "Studentenwerk." The Housing Manager is Mr. Bock.
    His office in Dormitory 7, called "Wohnheim 7", Room 343.
  • Please note: Deadlines for application are 15 of January and/or 15 of July, or housing cannot be guaranteed. (Rooms are furnished
    single-bed rooms of approx. 20 sqm. with private bathroom included. Kitchens are shared, as a rule. Washing machines are located
    in the basement. If you want to have Internet in your dorm room, you can get connected to university's internet by paying an additional
    fee. Most exchange students live in the dorm Walter-Rathenau-Str.19. Prices for rooms range from 220 EUR to 284 EUR
    (approximately 320 USD - 387 USD) depending on size and equipment.
  • You can apply for a room here:
  • Depending on the length of your planned stay it might also be possible to rent a room in the university guest house.

Since this is a popular place for medical electives, I would encourage you to complete your application as soon as possible. Please submit all documents to
our office. We will mail them for you.

Application Requirements

  1. The application (see attached)
  2. Please note the additional documents mentioned on the bottom of the application:
    • Confirmation of registration from your university (we have these)
    • Letter of motivation with the preferred study plan.
    • Letter of recommendation from one of your professors.
    • Copy of your passport.
    • Proof of valid health insurance for Germany (needed upon arrival).
    • Medical Certificate/ Immunization record (issued within 3 month before the start of your internship/study course and needs to be sent no later than 3 weeks before your arrival) (See attached)
  3. Indicate that you intend to do a part of your practical year/ clinical elective not the normal study course.
    • Specify the time/ the number of weeks you would like to spend in each department. (Minimum length in one department is 3 weeks)
    • Indicate if you need to rotate departments within a specific time frame, otherwise students are allowed to rotate according to the openings offered by departments.
    • If you plan to do Internal Medicine or Surgery specify the field:
      • Surgery
        • General, Visceral and Vascular Surgery
        • Children's Surgery
        • Accident Surgery
        • Plastic Surgery, Aesthetic and Hand Surgery 
        • Cardiac Surgery and Surgery of the Chest 
      • Internal Medicine
        • Cardiology, Angiology and Pneumology;
        • Pneumology;
        • Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectiology;
        • Renal Medicine and Hypertonia with Field of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases;
        • Hematology and Oncology;
        • Experimental Internal Medicine



There are no Application Fees/tuition for KUMC students.


Staff at Magdeburg will help with arrangements if you take a room at the university guest house. The cost is about 260 Euros (approx. $361 USD) per month.


If you fly into Leipzig, Germany as you can get a train to Magdeburg right inside the airport. The current cost for a one-way ticket is 24 Euros ($33 USD). If flying into Berlin, it costs about 2.60 Euros ($3.61 USD) for a public transport ticket from the airport to the train station. The cost for a one-way train ticket from Berlin to Magdeburg is currently 31 Euros ($43 USD).

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Last modified: Jan 29, 2020