An initiative launched at the start of 2015 by the School of Medicine and Healthcare Sciences gives school graduates the opportunity to do a “Voluntary Scientific Year” (Freiwilliges Wissenschaftliches Jahr – FWJ) at the University of Oldenburg within the framework of Federal Voluntary Service (Bundesfreiwilligendienst – BFD). Volunteers generally spend twelve months working in research projects, for example in the area of healthcare research or at one of the university hospitals, where they assist with research tasks. In addition to practical activities, educational activities are a key component of the Voluntary Scientific Year, which includes at least 25 obligatory training days. This allows volunteers to gain insights into topics related to scientific work and research practice, to attend lectures and seminars, to take advantage of student counselling services and to get to know different areas of the University.
More information about the Voluntary Scientific Year can be found at www.uni-oldenburg.de/fwj (in German language only).