Condensed knowledge for your medical studies
You have already successfully graduated from high school and want to realize your dream of studying medicine?
During UMCH’s 12-week medical prep course, the College Semester, you’ll join equally motivated prospective students in preparing for your dream of studying medicine. In the process, you will acquire essential basic scientific knowledge in a university setting, participate in on-campus events, and get a multi-faceted taste of your future student life – whether on the ultra-modern UMCH campus in cosmopolitan Hamburg or online.
Optimal preparation for your medical studies
Use your time until the start of your studies wisely to find out where you are lacking in knowledge, to close these gaps and to build on the newly acquired knowledge. In this way, you will gain self-confidence and motivation and, after completing the course, you will be able to start your time-intensive medical studies in a relaxed and optimally prepared manner. In addition to Biology, Chemistry and Physics, other subjects that are important for the study of medicine are also taught during the College Semester: Mathematics, Biochemistry, Anatomy and Medical Theory. Through laboratory exercises and other practical applications, the College Semester also has an exceptionally high practical relevance. Classes are taught in English, the international language of science, which allows you to learn important technical vocabulary for your studies at an early stage. In addition, you will be specifically prepared for the university admission procedure in the course of the preparatory course. Finally, you will get the chance to participate in the admission procedure for the study of medicine at UMCH.
Experience an unforgettable time together
During the course you will meet many prospective medical students who, like you, are preparing for their upcoming studies and want to have an unforgettable time. This will give you a great opportunity to meet new people and make contacts with like-minded people early on. Explore the metropolis on the Elbe together – for example, on a bike tour into the beautiful nature of Hamburg’s surrounding countryside, on a harbor tour, or by visiting the city’s countless sights, such as the impressive Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall. In addition to the lessons in the natural science subjects, you can also expect other group activities, such as joint cooking activities or the opportunity to participate in the events of the UMCH lecture series ReachHigher. Here you will get to know your future fellow students better and – beyond the learning – get a taste of your future student life.
Three unforgettable months among like-minded people
In addition to acquiring extensive scientific knowledge, there are also opportunities to participate in social activities throughout the course – be it online, on campus, or while out exploring the beautiful city of Hamburg. After class, for example, there will be get-togethers with your fellow participants. Together, you can explore the city’s many attractions, which include the impressive Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall, the picturesque Treppenviertel district, and the Speicherstadt warehouse district – the world’s largest historic warehouse complex. You will also have the opportunity to meet current UMCH students who will share valuable tips about student life in Hamburg at large. This way, you are able to make early contacts with like-minded people and form new friendships. Moreover, you will be able to explore the cultural, culinary and social highlights of the northern German metropolis.
Guaranteed learning success – whether on-site or online
We offer you the opportunity to participate in our medical preparatory courses both via face-to-face teaching at the UMCH campus in Hamburg and online. If you should decide to attend the course from home, you will be connected live via video streaming allowing you to actively participate in class. In addition, all College Semester events are recorded and then uploaded to our UMCH learning platform. There, they can be repeated as often as you wish and specifically searched for keywords.
Course duration: 12 weeks
Course Format: presence or online course
Course Contents: biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, biochemistry, anatomy, medical theory, preparation for admission procedure, individual consultation
Language: lessons in English
Period: April – July / November – February
Type: intensive course
Participant places: small groups (max. 25 places)
Price*: € 6,800
* Plus board and lodging on site during the course. If required, we can help you find suitable accommodation. Course structure and schedule are subject to change.
( May 31 – June 4, 2021)
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|12:00 – 13:00||Lunch Break|
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Apart from classroom teaching, UMCH also integrates practice-oriented elements and leisure activities into the course in order to provide participants with a well-rounded and attractive experience.
Such elements can comprise:
- Teaching units in advanced emergency measures
- Group activities during the leisure time
- Sport Program
UMCH offers all Pre-Medical Course participants the opportunity to rent bikes for free for the entire duration of the course.
In Hamburg is a very bike-friendly city and bikes are a perfect means of transportation. So, rent your bike at UMCH, enjoy the sunny weather, and discover the city!
All you need is contacting our staff members and bringing your own locks and lights.
Your accommodation during the College Semester
If you need help finding accommodation for your time during the College Semester, please feel free to contact our student advisors. We will then check if there is a UMCH guest room available for you to stay in during your 12 weeks in Hamburg.
Thanks to Linked Living – our cooperation partner in the field of “housing” – you will, however, find accommodation in the heart of the German metropolis quickly and easily for the duration of the course, even without our assistance. Linked Living’s furnished apartments not only offer optimal connections to the city center, the harbor and the UMCH campus. In addition, you will also find the most important fixtures and fittings you need for living in the stylishly decorated apartments – from towels and bed linen to pans, cutlery and a TV. All you need to bring is a suitcase with the absolute essentials, such as clothes and a toothbrush. To get a detailed impression of the apartments, visit Linked Living’s website. There you can take part in a virtual tour of the residence’s apartments via 360° interactive panoramic view and get an advance impression of the magnificent view from the listed Grindel high-rises over the roofs of the city.
Visual impressions from the course
Dr. Stefan Hermann
» PhD Biochemist
» Scientist and Guest Lecturer at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
» Scientist and Guest Lecturer at Södertörns Högskola, Sweden
» Scientific employee at GlucoMetrix PVS GmbH, Potsdam, Germany
» Database Developer
» Management Consultant
Dr. Maria Panagiotou
» Research Assistant at Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands
» PhD in Neurophysiology at Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands
» Research Master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
» Professional Pharmacist license
» Visiting researcher in Pharmacology & Physiology at La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
» Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at School of Pharmacy, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Dr. Matthias Kalbas
» Lecturer for Pharmaceutical Management, Pharmaceutical Marketing as well as Marketing & Communication in the Healthcare Sector at Hochschule Fresenius, Hamburg
» Lecturer for Prospective Clinical Monitors & Pharmaceutical Representatives at Pharmaakademie, Hamburg/Bremen
» Deputy Professorship for Biochemistry/Organic Chemistry at the University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg
» Management Consultancy in the field of Life Science
» Consultant in the field of Business and Marketing Plans
» Master student of physics at the University of Greifswald (Major: Nano- and Interface Physics / Master Thesis: Gravity Wave Research using OH-Airglow Emissions)
» Research on the hydrophobicity of slime mold spores in cooperation with the Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology at the University of Greifswald
» Supervision of the basic practical course in Physics for students with a minor in Physics at the University of Greifswald (especially for students of Medicine)
» Public relations work for the University of Greifswald in the field of STEM subjects for adolescents and children
Dr. Franziska Curdt
» Diploma in Physics at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg
» Master in Environmental Sciences at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
» PhD in Physics at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
» Postdoc at the German Cancer Research Centre Heidelberg
» Postdoc at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm
» Postdoc at Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
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