Everything you need to know about studying at UMCH

You have questions about studying medicine at UMCH?

We have compiled the answers to the most frequently asked questions for you.

1. University

What makes UMCH unique?

The campus is a branch of the Romanian University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science and Technology of Targu Mures (UMFST), offering a study program in human medicine in English. The advantages of studying medicine in English for your professional future are obvious. By practicing your language skills during your studies, you will deepen them and set the course for a successful career at an early stage – not only in an international context. The English language predominates in science and research and serves international communication. At the same time, you broaden your linguistic and cultural horizon by studying in an international environment. Connect with other students who also like to look beyond their own horizons while you are studying. The theoretical lectures take place in a campus building in Hamburg-Bahrenfeld with modern equipment and administration. In small groups, you will be closely supported until graduation by motivated teaching staff. Teaching bedside from the 3rd academic year onwards takes place in the UMCH teaching hospitals.

Is it possible to get an insight into the campus in Hamburg?

Visit one of our information days and find out more about studying human medicine at the UMCH and the University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Sciences and Technology of Targu Mures itself. You can find the dates here. We also offer open days for visiting the campus – our next “Open Campus Day” will take place on November 23rd from 11.00 a.m. onwards. Please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you!

Are UMCH students enrolled at a German university?

No. As a student at the campus, you are enrolled at the University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Sciences and Technology of Targu Mures. The university is one of the leading state medical faculties in Romania. The campus is a branch of the UMFST of Targu Mures.

2. Study program

In which languages do the lectures take place and what language level is required?

At UMCH, classes are taught in English. Only the bedside teaching (the practical clinical part in years 3–6) at the German partner hospitals or clinics is in German.

The bedside teaching in Targu Mures (the practical clinical part in years 3 –6) takes place in English. An English certificate is not mandatory for the application, but your knowledge of English will be tested during the selection interview. Medical studies in English are generally easy for German high school graduates to master. Furthermore, during the first year, the course medical terminology that introduces students to medical terminology is taught in English.

In addition, a Romanian language course is taking place for 90 minutes per week during the first two years of study. No previous knowledge of the Romanian language is required. This language course must be offered due to the accreditation requirements – as it is the case at many other comparable international medical faculties. According to our experience, it does not constitute a hindrance for successful progress in your studies but should rather be seen as a broadening of your language horizons. For the two-week lessons in Targu Mures during the first three years of study, the acquired language skills are by no means necessary as they are taught in English. However, you will benefit from these for your private free-time activities in Targu Mures.

In order to participate in clinical education in Germany (years 3–6), international students must have a language level of approximately B2 in the German language by the beginning of the third academic year.

You can find more information about the study structure here.

Which subjects are taught on the main campus of the university in Targu Mures (Romania)?

The first three years of study include three modules of two weeks each, which will be completed in Targu Mures. These modules are the following:

Year 1: Anatomy 1 and 2 (Laboratory of the Anatomy Department)
Year 2: Anatomy 3 (Laboratory of the Anatomy Department) and Introduction in the Medical Work (Simulation Center)
Year 3: Bacteriology/Virology/Parasitology (Laboratory of the Microbiology Department) and Morphopathology (Laboratory of the Pathology Department)

As a student, is it possible to choose the hospital in which the teaching at the bedside is carried out from the third year of study?

The university cooperates with a large number of partner hospitals and clinics throughout Germany for teaching bedside from the third academic year onwards. Of course, the personal preferences of the respective student are taken into account in the concrete assignment to a partner hospital or clinic. A mandatory survey in this regard will take place at the beginning of the second academic year. If there are more students applying for a certain partner hospital or clinic than there are places available, places will be awarded strictly according to their performance (ranking according to the average grade of the second year of study, in the case of a tie, by lot).

Is it possible to transfer to the UMCH and from the UMCH to another university?

Yes, a tranfer to UMCH in the 2nd academic year is possible for 2020/2021. The prerequisite for this is that you have previously studied at a university based in the EU. We will be happy to inform you in advance about the possible crediting of your previous studies and the ECTS points you have earned. Please contact the UMCH team to find out what information we need for this.

It is also possible to transfer from UMCH to another university in Europe. A total of 360 ECTS points will be earned during the six-year course. Each academic year contains 60 ECTS points. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) used at UMCH ensures EU-wide and Bologna-compliant comparability of the curriculum.

3. Accreditation and recognition

Is the study program accredited and recognized by the state?

The UMFST of Targu Mures and all its study programs are accredited by the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS). Moreover, the university is marked with the highest status H+ by the information portal for the assessment of foreign educational qualifications (anabin) published by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the States in the Federal Republic of Germany. Therefore, it is regarded as a higher education institution in Germany. The branch office in Hamburg is also indicated in accordance with § 117a of Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz. It is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). In 2013 and 2017 the university was evaluated by the Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) (conducted by the European University Association (EUA)). In addition, the Quality Management Standard (ISO 9001: 2015) was introduced and certified by TÜV AUSTRIA CERT GMBH.

The medical license of the EU country Romania is automatically approved throughout the EU, including Germany, on the basis of the directive on the recognition of professional qualifications. The degree opens the way for UMCH graduates to practice as physicians throughout the EU and additional countries. Moreover, the UMFST of Targu Mures is listed in the World Dictionary of Medical Schools. This enables students to take the American state examination (USMLE – United States Medical Licensing Examination).

4. University town of Hamburg

Where can I live as a UMCH student in Hamburg?

In cooperation with Uninest Student Residences, UMCH offers the option of living in fully furnished student apartments in the district of Wandsbek during your studies in Hamburg with favorable conditions. The apartments are located in the modern “Navale” residence complex comprising a total of 328 studios. UMCH students can choose between four different room types. The Wandsbeker Chaussee train and underground station, which is located directly next to the building complex, also provides optimal connections to the local public transportation network.

Your advantages:

  • Fully equipped studios with private bathroom and kitchen (including bed with storage space and mattress, wardrobe, table with chairs, shelf; kitchenette with two hobs, microwave, and freezer/cooler combination).
  • Service charges included (electricity, gas, water, high-speed LAN connection and WiFi)
  • Common rooms with learning areas, lounge, bar and soccer tables
  • Service team, package acceptance, and custodial service

Are you interested in a place in the student accommodation “Navale”? Please do not hesitate to contact our student advisory team personally or the Uninest Student Residences staff directly.

Uninest Hamburg-Wandsbek
Hammer Straße 10
22041 Hamburg
E-Mail: [email protected]
Tel.: +49 (0)69 – 95 90 86 22 2

Short Facts

Studying human medicine at the UMCH:

Type of study

Full-time study

Start of study

Each year for winter semester

Teaching language

in German hospitals: German

Duration of study

6 years

ECTS points



The medical license of the EU country Romania is automatically approved throughout the EU, including Germany, on the basis of the directive on the recognition of professional qualifications.

Admission Process

Written application, HMS admission test: written and oral part

Admission Restriction

No admission restrictions based on school grades

Further information about the study programme and application

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University Targu Mures
Medical Campus Hamburg


Albert-Einstein-Ring 11-15

22761 Hamburg, Germany

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