UMCH College Semester

Start your medical studies more knowledgable

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.

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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.

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.


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.

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UMCH College Semester
UMCH College Semester

All advantages at a glance

    • Refresh your school knowledge while acquiring new specialist medical knowledge
    • Use waiting time until start of studies effectively
    • Subjects: biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, biochemistry, anatomy and medical theory
    • Learn under experienced lecturers
    • Gain confidence and motivation through acquiring an advantage in knowledge
    • Daily blocks for follow-up and self-study
    • Optimize letter of motivation and CV
    • Individual feedback interviews and simulated admission interview
    • Preparation for UMCH’s admission procedure
    • Take part in the admission procedure (for the upcoming College Semester on 5/19/2021)
    • Lessons in English

Next Courses:


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 November – February / January – April
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.

Our lecturers

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

Medical Theory

» 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

UMCH Vorbereitungskurse Medizinstudium

Max Uzulis


» 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

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    University Targu Mures
    Medical Campus Hamburg


    Albert-Einstein-Ring 11-15

    22761 Hamburg, Germany

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    Mo. – Fr.: 9 am – 6 pm

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