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  • Duration: 12 semesters
  • Degree Award: Staatsexamen
  • Language: German/English
  • admission limited
  • Special admission requirements

Course of study

Medicine - State Examination Programme

The Model Program in Medicine at the University of Oldenburg offers the study of medicine in close collaboration with Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (the Netherlands). In this joint project of the Universities of Oldenburg and Groningen (European Medical School) a class of 40 students has started every year in the Fall-Winter Term at the University of Oldenburg beginning in 2012-13. Starting in the winter term 2022, the yearly intake of students will be 120 students.

Orientation and Goals

The comprehensive subject matter of medical studies is controlled by national licensure regulations in Germany. This subject matter will of course be taught in the model medical studies in Oldenburg, but interconnected in a new way and taught in an integrated and interdisciplinary manner whenever possible. Thus, students will be taught not only the basic science, but will gain knowledge in clinical settings from the very beginning. In addition to the subjects required by the regulations, the Oldenburg program will place special emphasis on training in research processes and communication.
In Oldenburg, medicine will be offered as a so-called “model course of studies”, which makes certain deviations from the generally mandated structures possible.
Medical studies in Oldenburg can be divided into two major phases: In the first three years the basic science and clinical medicine will be taught in an integrated way. In addition, students will receive communication, clinical skills and research training. They will also gain experience with primary health care e.g. through one or two one-week internships with a general practitioner every semester. In the following three years there is an even larger amount of practical experience. In the fourth year, students have diverse internships in hospitals, preceded by preparatory seminars, in addition to their coursework, and in the fifth year they do additional internships and complete a 16-week research project. This is followed by the Internship Year, which is divided into three 16-week partsClasses in the Oldenburg medical school will be in session 40 weeks per year – longer than it is usual in other universities. The standard period of study is 6 years and 3 months.
All students at the University of Oldenburg have the opportunity to spend part of their studies at the University of Groningen.
Students in Oldenburg can also study for 1-3 semesters at the partner university in Groningen. The Dutch language for studies in Groningen can be learned after beginning the program, in regular courses, but it is possible to complete the programme and the optional exchange with Groningen without acquiring competence in the language, since the courses there are offered alternatively in English in the first three years.
During a stay at the partner university in Groningen, the Netherlands, students from Oldenburg will not be required to pay tuition in Groningen.

Foreign Language Skills

The Dutch language for studies in Groningen can be learned after beginning the program, in regular courses, but it is possible to complete the programme and the exchange with Groningen without acquiring competence in the language.
Prospective students must have an excellent knowledge of German, and a very good knowledge of English, since the instruction will take place in German and English.

Admission to a degree programme at the University of Oldenburg is subject to sufficient proficiency in the German language:
- DSH Level 2 (German language examination for university entrance) or
- TestDaF Level 4 in all four categories

For further information, please refer to the language requirements

Careers and Areas of Employment

With a degree in medicine and the license to practice, the graduate can choose between a large number of professional opportunities. In the practice of medicine itself there are 33 specialties ranging from general practice to neurosurgery, and various kinds of work situations, ranging from private practice to hospital careers to work in public organizations or private industry. Furthermore, graduates can move away from patient-oriented employment to such things as research, teaching, public health, quality management, medical IT and journalism.

Target Group/Admission Requirements

For international non-EU applicants apply other conditions

With a university-entry qualification from within the EU, you need to apply through the 'Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung' www.hochschulstart.de (in German).
After pre-selection through Hochschulstart or Uni-Assist the final choice of candidates for admission is made in Oldenburg – see the 'Ordnung zum Auswahlverfahren' (in German).
(Changed: 21 Jul 2022)