UMCH Medical Foundation Track (3 Weeks)

More knowledge in less time

Your foundation for medical studies – both for your studies at UMCH and at any other university

Are you about to start your medical studies and want to lay the ideal foundation for them?

A sound knowledge of the natural sciences is the basis for a successful career as a doctor and will allow you to have a much easier start in medical school. UMCH’s Medical Foundation Track is specifically designed to provide you with this knowledge and prepare you for your studies in the best way possible – regardless of whether you plan to study at UMCH or at another university. In the 3-week crash course, you will gain the maximum amount of basic scientific knowledge in the shortest possible time, while at the same time deepening what you have already learned in a lasting manner. The focus is on the subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Topics covered during the course include Cell Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Basic Biochemistry, Mechanics, Electricity and Optics.

Three unforgettable weeks 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.

Optimally prepared for your medical studies

The English-language course, which you can attend in a university setting on the UMCH campus in Hamburg or online, is taught by international specialist lecturers with many years of experience.  They will teach you the most important theoretical principles of their respective fields. Learning takes place in small groups, which ensures individual support. Thanks to various practical units and the opportunity to participate in internal university workshops, the practical relevance is particularly high. The preparatory course thus offers you the best possible conditions for achieving optimal learning success. It includes both theory lessons and many practical units in the various types of laboratories at UMCH, as well as the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities such as workshops and university-internal lectures.


Digital learning at the cutting edge

You can take part in UMCH’s Medical Foundation Track (3 Weeks) both via on-site participation on campus in Hamburg or – regardless of where you live or reside – online. As an online participant, you are connected live to the course via video streaming and can actively participate in the lessons. In addition, all Medical Foundation Track (3 Weeks) events are recorded and subsequently uploaded to our digital learning platform. Non-UMCH students will also have access to this learning platform. There, regardless of whether you attend the course on-site or online, you can review the respective events as often as you like afterwards and search for specific keywords.


Course duration: 3 weeks
Course Format: presence or online course
Course Contents: biology, anatomy, chemistry, physics
Language: lessons in English
Period: September / July
Type: crash course
Participant places: small groups (max. 25 places)
Price*: € 2,900*

* 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.


The course provides students with the required knowledge for succeeding in medicine by repeating biological basics and achieving fundamental knowledge in the structure of the human anatomy. Aspects from biology, physiology, and anatomy are combined to form a comprehensive picture. Theoretical elements are completed with practical sessions; e.g., in the laboratory and with the Anatomage table.

Exemplary Timetable (1st Week)

09:00 – 10:30 The Nervous System
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 The Brain
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch Break
12:45 – 13:45 Special Senses
15:15 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 17:00 Practical Session with the Anatomage table (digital 3D anatomy model)
17:00 – 19:00 After Studies – Get Together(Optional)

While medicine is often rather associated with chemistry or biology, physics plays a fundamental role in this discipline as well. A solid knowledge in physics, consequently, is indispensable for medical students. The course provides a balanced mixture of practical and theoretical elements which enable its participants to achieve the required skills and competencies in the field of physics.

Exemplary Timetable (2nd Week)

09:00 – 10:30 Vectors
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 Linear Motions
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch Break
12:45 – 13:45 3-dimensional Motions
15:15 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 17:00 Forces
17:00 – 19:00 Meet UMCH Students – Tipps about Living/Student Life in Hamburg (Optional)

Without chemistry, it would be impossible to understand the impact of hormones and enzymes or the function of vitamins and hydrocarbons on the human body. The course prepares students for biochemistry classes which regularly await medical students during their first years of studies. Practical elements are integrated in the course in form of laboratory sessions.

Exemplary Timetable (3rd Week)

09:00 – 10:30 Acids and Bases
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 Nomenclature & Redux Reactions
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch Break
12:45 – 13:45 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
15:15 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 17:00 Chemistry Lab Session
17:00 – 19:00 Online Pizza Baking (Optional)

Register for one of our courses

Medical Foundation Track (3 Weeks)

From 7/1/2024 to 7/19/2024
Duration: 3 weeks
Ideal for preparing for study

Medical Foundation Track (3 Weeks)

From 9/2/2024 to 9/18/2024
Duration: 3 weeks
Ideal for preparing for study

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
  • Etc.

UMCH offers all Medical Foundation Track 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.

  • More information in less time
  • Acquire new information and deepen preexisting knowledge
  • Subjects: biology, chemistry and physics
  • Learn under experienced lecturers
  • Weekly multiple-choice tests for self-monitoring
  • Significantly increase chances of acceptance at university
  • Receive participant certificate
  • Lessons in English
  • Partial booking possible

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