Welcome to Ulm!
Ulm is a small city in Southern Germany.
We offer both - professional and research exchange. We are happy to welcome you to our beautiful city during summer time!
Ulm is the city with the tallest gothic church tower in the world - The Ulmer Münster!
Ulm and New Ulm are called the Twin-Cities at the Danube River.
Ulm is a city in Southern Germany in the state of Baden-Württemberg but just on the border to Bavaria. As Ulm is so close build together with New-Ulm, the two cities are also called the Twin-Cities at the Danube River. There are about 120,000 inhabitants living in Ulm and about 50,000 more living in New-Ulm, over all the Twin-Cities have approx. 170,000 inhabitants. The city is located directly at the Danube River and is enchantedly placed in a hilly, wavy landscape. Within the city there are four hills called Eselsberg (600m above sealevel), Michelsberg, Safransberg and Kuhberg. Ulm is the city with the world's tallest gothic church tower (161,53 m tall), the Ulmer Münster. Several half-timbered houses and old buildings, bringing back the old days of the city, are preserved in a downtown area called Fischerviertel ("The fisher's quarter").
Here You will find:
Life in Ulm
What's up in Ulm? Showing how life is in Ulm: Image movie "Life in Ulm"
Time lapse movie of the beautifl City of Ulm: Time lapse movie "Vibrant Horizon"
In 1967 the University Ulm (uulm) was founded as a natural scientific and medical University. The campus was build on the Eselsberg, one of the four hills in Ulm. At the moment there are more than 8,000 Students studying at the University, most of them are studying medicine! Several departments of the hospitals and the Botanic Garden are also located on the Eselsberg. The hospitals belonging to the medical faculty are spread around the city - there are hospitals on almost all of the four hills.
The faculties are:
Other Colleges in the area are: Hochschule Ulm (HSUlm) and Hochschule New-Ulm (HNU)
A study day in Ulm
What about studying in Ulm? Showing how students live in Ulm: Image movie "Studieren in Ulm - a study day in Ulm "
- Department for Anaesthesiology (at Eselsberg and Michelsberg) - Department for Cardiac, Thorax and Vascular Surgery (at Eselsberg) - Department for Clinical Chemistry and Medical Laboratory (at Eselsberg) - Department for Dental Health and Operative Dentistry (at Eselsberg) - Department for Dermatology (at Eselsberg) - Department for Forensic Medicine (at Michelsberg) - Department for General and Visceral Surgery (at Eselsberg) - Department for Genetics and Reproductive Medicine (at Michelsberg) - Department for Gynaecology and Obstetrics (at Michelsberg) - Department for Internal Medicine I - III and Transfusion Medicine (at Eselsberg) - Department for Mikrobiology and Virology (at Eselsberg) - Department for Neurosurgery (at Eselsberg) - Department for Opthalmology (at Michelsberg) - Department for Orthodontics (at Eselsberg) - Department for Otorhinolaryngology (Ear-Nose-Throat) (at Michelsberg) - Department for Paediatrics (at Michelsberg) - Deparmtent for Paediatric Psychiatry (at Safranberg) - Department for Pathology (at Eselsberg) - Department for Plastic Facial Surgery (at Eselsberg) - Department for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (at Safranberg) - Department for Radiology (at Eselsberg) - Department for Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine(at Eselsberg) - Department for Trauma, Plastic and Hand Surgery (at Eselsberg) - Department for Urology (at Michelsberg)
Additional Information: The new building for the Departments for Surgery and Dermatology has been finished in June 2012. It is one of the most modern hospital buildings in Southern Germany!
- Department for Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (at Eselsberg) - Department for Neurology (at Eselsberg) - Department for Rehabilitating Orthopedics (at Eselsberg)
- Department for Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
- Department for Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care - Department for Dermatology - Department for General, Thoracal and Visceral Surgery - Department for Internal Medicine - Department for Neurology - Department for Neurosurgery - Department for Operative Dentistry and Plastic Facial Surgery - Department for Opthalmology - Department for Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery - Department for Otorhinolaryngology - Department for Pathology - Department for Plastic, Hand and Burns Surgery - Department for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy - Department for Radiology and Nuclear Medicine - Department for Radiotherapy - Department for Urology - Department for Vascular Surgery
- Department for General and Visceral Surgery - Department for Internal Medicine - General - Department for Traumasurgery - Department for Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care - Department for Gynaecology
Please contact us, the local exchange team, for more information if You are interested in the professional exchange in Ulm! The requirements for the professional exchange differ from department to department and hospital to hospital and even to the person taking care of, so we cannot publish standard criterias. Please be aware that we might contact You a upon receiving Your application and ask to hand in certain certificates.
You need to be able to speak either German or English fluently to participate in the exchange programm in Ulm!
Please consider that the daily routine at the hospital will be in German - it is the best to ask questions and show interest in the work for translations!
Some impression of the German Language: German Language Compared to other Languages *funny*
Placement in the departments
We try to place You within one of Your four favored departments! Sometimes this is not possible. In such cases we try to contact You in advance to find another deparmtent you might like to work at.
Usually we are able to place one exchange student in each department, sometimes two. In Germany it is all about the department's capacity. In most cases there will be some German students working with You as well - there will be one or two German students and one exchange student on the ward.
Clerkship - Daily Routine
Normally you will start working at 7:00 a.m. (surgical departments) or 8:00 a.m. (internal departments). We ask all students to be on time on the ward they are assigned to - please have changed clothes before the start of Your working day. Most of the surgical wards start the morning with a conference where they discuss and plan the work for that day. Your first task in the morning will be taking blood samples and placing venouse cannulas. In most cases You will have a doctor assigned as tutor who will guide you most of the time. Usually it is the ward physician.
Not all departments will have lunch break together. Often students go seperate while doctors stay on the ward. Please ask on Your first day, what the typical practice is on the ward you are assigned to. If no one takes a lunch break until 1:00 p.m. You are free to ask Your tutor to take a break on Your own! As student you will get a discount at the university canteen (called Mensa; only at the Eselsberg Campus) or at the hospital canteen (called Casino; RKU or Campus Michelsberg). Please show your student ID at the cash register #1 of the university canteen or You can use Your employee ID for cashless payment at the hospital canteen (university hospitals). At some of the hospitals You will receive (free) meal voucher (Donauklinik, BWK, RKU).
Usually you will be included into the ward's routine, just like German students depending on Your interested and experiences. German students have to do monthly clerkships called "Famulatur" between 3rd and 5th year or weekly rotations called "Block" in their 5th year and the practical year called "Praktisches Jahr (PJ)" in their 6th year. If you are interested You may be able to visit classes, skills labs and bed side teaching with the German students - ask the students and Your tutor for further information. Important to know is that You will experience the most if You show interest in the work and daily routine! Most doctors will show You a lot if You are on time, shadow them in the daily routine, follow them to patients and physicals or ask to go places (e. g. OR, special treatments ...). Do not hesitate to ask questions! This is the easiest way to show that You are interested! Please consider that the German system works the best with interest not just with fact of "being there". If you do not show interest usually no one will pay attention to You - you could take a coffee break or lean back the 8 hours ...
Official working hours are 8 hours - also for German students and most exchange students are expected to stay that period as well. But most of the time nobody will tell You when You are actually allowed to leave. If time is proceeding, you may remind the doctors that You would like to leave.
Please remember: We expect all incomings to take their clerkship seriously, be on time and to behave accordingly! If You have problems, do not hesitate to ask us for help or advice! Some cultural differences: In Germany being on time is one of the most important parts of politness. Being not on time is considered to be a lot more impolite than being rude or critical in conversations.
In Germany it is typical to wear white clothes in almost all departments. This includes a long white coat, white pants and white shoes. In interventions rooms and pediatrics scrubs are worn (usually green for the OR and delivery room; blue for pediatrics, intensive care or interventions in internal medicine). In departments like Neurology, Psychiatry, Radiology or Dermatology it will also be ok to wear streetwear with a white coat.
What are Your tasks?
Sometimes other documents or passport pictures are required - You will be informed about that via Email!
You will receive white clothes (including white coat and white pants) for the rest of Your stay; it will be provided by the hospital.
Video about the ifmsa exchange in Germany
Watch a video about the ifmsa exchange in Germany. Clerkships Abroad - An international exchange program for medical students
Aim: "The aim of the project is to improve the knowledge about Amyotrohpic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and to find new therapeutic approaches for the treatment of ALS. Therefore we perform preclinical drug studies in well established mouse models. Another focus of our work is the generation and characterization of new mouse models for motor neuron diseases."
Requirements of the sutdent: "Specific interest expected. The student will be involved in lab work dependent of his knowledge and will learn basic principles and methods essential in the field of biomedical research (i.e. PCR, Western Blot, cell culture etc.)."
Tutors: Mrs. Dr. Dipl. Ing. Birgit Linkus (contact: birgit.Links(at)uni-ulm.de or tel. +49-731-500-63057)
Head of Department: Mr. Prof. Dr. med. Albert C. Ludolph
Visit the ifmsa-Database
Aim: "The institute of Neurophysiology is interested in various aspects of ion channels, e.g. their coding genes, the splicing of the RNA, the function of the channel proteins, and their modulation by exo- and endogenous ligands and toxins. Our main effort is to identify the pathogenesis of diseases that are caused by pathologically altered channel proteins known as channelopathies, such as myotonias, periodic paralyses, epilepsies, ataxias, migraine or neuropathic pain. Additionally, we are researching the mechanisms involved in muscle degeneration in channelopathies and muscle dystrophy." Furter Information: Channelopathies
Techniques: "Currently, we are focusing on pharmacological and biochemical essays for the study of pathogenesis and treatment of the muscle degeneration. These can be combined with current or voltage clamp methods to examine membrane potentials, action potentials and channel gating.
Requirements of the student: "Neurobiological, biochemical or molecular biological skills, specific interest in science and basic lab work expected. The student will be involved in lab work depending on his knowledge and will learn and perform basic principles and methods essential in the field of biomedical research, such as pharmacological and biochemical essays or voltage clamp methods. The student is asked to attend the staff meeting and to present his/her own work progress at the end of the exchange in this meeting."
Tutors: Mrs. PD Dr. Karin Jurkat-Rott (contact: karin.jurkat-rott(at)uni-ulm.de or tel. +49-731-500-23065
Head of Department: Mr. Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Frank Lehmann-Horn
Visit the ifmsa-Database
More research projects are in the process of setting up!
What our Incomings thought about the exchange in Ulm:
Never thought I'd had this much fun in Ulm. That was a once in lifetime experience ... Ulm is like one of the hidden treasures of Germany, you don't really appreciate how awesome it is until you see it ;) - Ahmed from Oman, 2013
It was my great luck to be in Ulm! The students there genially offerd many social programs and I had wonderful days. I believe the new viewpoint I gained there will expand my world. - Shizuka from Japan, 2012
Totally loved my stay in Ulm!! My hosts were very friendly n helpful and i loved the way everything was so accesible...i loved the blue river and had lots of fun at octoberfest!! - Louisa from Ghana, 2011
My IFMSA exchange in Ulm was simply unforgettable, with a perfectly organised schedule of academic work and immense fun, all in a spirit of love! - Fred from Ghana, 2011
I had an awe-inspiring time while doing my exchange. Everybody went the extra mile ahead, was very helpful and their efforts in making me feel welcome and like at home, was a lifelong memorable feat. The professional advancements and friendship I gained at Ulm, built further my esteem and elated me entirely. - Ana from Serbia, 2011
My exchange in Ulm was a tremendous experience! I enjoyed every bit of my stay; the hospitality of the people, the clinical work, my place of residence, the outings and the tours to other cities. It was simply amazing! - Martha from Ghana, 2011
We ask You to arrive max. one day ahead of the accepted startdate and ask You to depart by no later than the day after your accepted date - usually those are Your first/last working days. Please contact us for further information! You will receive informations concerning Your arrival and Your stay at least one or two week ahead of arrival! You will be picked up at the train/busstation by one of our contact people and taken to Your accomodation! Therefore we ask You to fill in the Card of Confirmation at least 2 weeks ahead of the arrival and send us an Email with Your arrival data and contact data!
How to plan Your travel? All the surrounding airports in Memmingen, Stuttgart, Munich or Frankfurt will have good train or bus connections to Ulm. You can look for train connections on the following homepage of the Deutsche Bahn. You can buy tickets in advance, they’re usually cheaper (e. g. tickets for the ICE or IC from Frankfurt). Or if you plan to take a regional train (IRE, RE or RB) You can take a Baden-Württemberg-Ticket (from Memmingen or Stuttgart) or Bayern-Ticket (from Munich) for 22 € (+ 4 € for every additional person). From Memmingen You can also use the bus called Allgäu-Airport-Express. If You need help with planing the travel to Ulm, do not hesitate to ask us.
We are trying to place you within the City of Ulm or surrounding suburbs which are all reachable with public transportation. The rooms will be furnished and we will offer bed linen, supplies for cooking, dishes and cutlery. Towels are not provided! You only have to bring Your things for personal use. Depending on Your time of stay You will be placed in students apartments, in apartment-sharing communities, small one-room-apartments, at a student hostel or similar hostels. With the information email You will also receive the accomodation's address. Please notice, that we will collect 50 € security fee for the room and key on the first day, which will be paid back upon departure.
What about being placed togehter with ...
In you application you have the possibility to tell You would like to be placed together with someone. Please be aware that to us "being placed together with..." means, that we place You together in the same city! But it may not mean that you will be living in the same appartment/hostel or working on the same ward or department.
Bilateral Exchange: If you are a bilateral student You will be provided with an specific amount of money for boarding, than You can decide Yourself if you prefer to have Your Meals at the hospital/the university (there is a student discount at the university mensa or hospital cafeteria), downtown or even cook Yourself. Please check out our summary below to estimate Your costs.
Unilateral Exchange: If Your exchange is unilateral please consider that eating out is more expensive in Germany than cooking Yourself. We recommend 100 - 200 € for grocery shopping for unilateral students.
We recommend at least 200 - 300 € for personal expenses, depending on what trips and shopping activities You have planned rather more. ;)
Internet is usally available - You are asked to bring a LAN-cable for Your laptop/notebook. At the university and clinic campus You are able to use the network called Eduroam which is provided by many universities worldwide. Please check the homepage of Eduroam for more information.
We would like to invite You to join our facebook group BVMD Ulm - professional and research exchange. This group will be the most important communication pathway during your exchange.
There are possibilities to buy a German SIM card - costs are 15 € or 30 €, internet access can be included for ~10€.
Furthermore You will be provided with a form that shows that you are in training at the university or at the hospital so You are able to buy a cheap student ticket for public transportation. The ticket is valid for one month (from the 1st till 30th/31st) and costs about 40 €.
There are some bikes available too.
In Your first days You will be shown around downtown, the university and/or hospital(s). Depending on what time of the year You will stay in Ulm there might be lectures at university, just like several spare time activities for students (such as sports, choir, orchestra, clubs, international meetings etc). Holidays start the end of July until the middle of October! During the holiday season we will offer trips, activities and other social program activities (see below)! Please ask us for more information about spare time activities You would like to do.
A study day in Ulm: Image movie "Studieren in Ulm - a study day in Ulm "
Ulm is in southern Germany of Central Europe, therefore temperatures during the year vary a lot.
Spring: Temperatures rise in March or April, but can drop again until the end of May. Weather is quite inconsistent. In April and May there can be heavy rains, besides days with temperatures around 20°C to 25°C.
Summer: It can be quite warm with temperatures up to 30°C, but it can also be rainy and cold with temperatures around 10°C or with thunderstorms in the late afternoon/evening. We would like You to consider that for the choice of Your clothing - please bring some good shoes and maybe a rain coat and/or umbrella as well!
Fall: Fall in Ulm is characterized by lots and lots of fog due to the danube valley with its surrounding hills. Some days we have dense fog from morning til evening, therefore the temperatures drop to low levels ~ 0°C or 5°C. Sometimes we do not see the sun for weeks. =(
Winter: Downtown Ulm is about 478m above sealevel, the University on the Eselsberg is about 600m above sealevel. Therefore You can even realize a change in the snowline during the winter time. In November and Dezember we have more often rain at freezing point, most of the snow falls in January and February. There can be days with temperatures of -20°C.
- Stadthaus (city building) and Tourist Information at the Münstersquare - Abt, the big store at the Münstersquare, 2nd floor - Bookshop Gondrom in the Hirschstraße - Galeria Kaufhof, department store in the Hirschstraße, downstairs and 1st floor
- New-Ulm City Festival, Volksfestplatz Neu-Ulm
- City Run, Ulm - “Ulmer Zelt” traditional open-air culture festival, Messe Friedrichsau Ulm - Mediaeval Festival at the Monestry in Ulm-Wiblingen
- Münstertag (a day dedicated to the City Centre Ulm Minster) - City Festival of New Ulm, open-air festival at Petrusplatz with livebands and concession stands - Long Night of the Museums, Ulm and New-Ulm - “Ulmer Zelt” traditional open-air culture festival, Messe Friedrichsau Ulm - Open-air Theater at the Fortress Wilhelmsburg
- “Ulmer Zelt” traditional open-air culture festival, Messe Friedrichsau Ulm - Ulm Triathlon - Summer Days of Music, downtown Ulm - Historic Old Town Festival, “from 11 to 11”, Fischerplätzle Ulm - Schwörwochenende (Oath Weekend): Fishermen's Jousting, Light Serenade, "Nabada" (water parade) ... - "Volksfest" (Funfair)
- French culture festival 'Das Original Französische Dorf' - french village - "Le Petit Paris", Ulm - Wine Festival, Ulm
- Einstein Marathon Ulm/Neu-Ulm - Culture Night and Festival of Cultures, Ulm
- Christmas Market Ulm
Enjoy the view from the top of the Münster at home: http://www.gigapixel360.de/ulm/
14 different panoramas - the Ulmer Münster, old historic city and the fishermen's quarter: http://www.aktiv-panorama.de/360-panorama%20-%20ulm.html
There are a few nice places to see in Ulm. You should better not forget to visit:
Furthermore there are a lot of beautiful churches, castels and especially many forts from the 19th century within and surrounding the city. One of the first German concentration camps is located in Ulm on the Kuhberg, there is a museum to visit. Different touristic and other activities are offered by the city's tourist office.
Ulm is a good place for starting trips to:
Visit the famous Mercedes Benz Car Museum and go downtown for sightseeing (old and new castle of Stuttgart, incl. the State Museum) and shopping in the longest outdoor shopping street in Germany, the so called Königsstraße (King's Street).
Visit the Bavarian Capitol with its famous Frauenkirche (Dome), the English Garden, the Marienplatz with the famous Townhall or the Dallmayr-Shop and the Hofbräuhaus. In September/October you are able to visit the world's largest fun fair, the Oktoberfest.
Friedrichshafen is a city at the Lake Constance (Bodensee), the largest lake in Germany. Stroll the lake promenade or take a boat trip to Meersburg, Lindau, Constance or the Isle of Flowers (Insel Mainau).
Great region in the Alps for trekking in summer or skiing trips in winter.
The most impressiv German castle, build by King Ludwig from Bavaria!
The greatest amusement park in Europe
Other nice places to see in southern Germany are: Würzburg, Nueremberg (Nürnberg), Augsburg, Castle Lichtenstein, Palace in Ludwigsburg, Sigmaringen, Schwäbisch Hall and many more ...
Travelling is possible by train, by bus (sometimes even bustrips are offered and there are also some nationwide busroutes), with a rented car or with carpools, which you can find online.
We hope to experience a great social program with you!
Upone your arrival you will receive a Welcome Bag with lot's of information about Ulm.
We also offer you a variety of activities.
Main meeting point for the social program activities is the fountain at the Münsterplatz (Market place in front of the Minster). It is easy to find, if you get lost always look out for the tall church tower and you will find Your way back into the center of the city!
If you have any questions or problems do not hesitate to ask us!
Local Exchange Officers (LEO & LORE):
Email us: bvmd-austausch(at)uni-ulm.de
Find us on Facebook: BVMD Ulm - professional and research exchange
Homepage: Bvmd Ulm
Albert Einstein Allee 11
Tel.: 0731 / 50 - 22404
Fax: 0731 / 50 - 22403
Homepage: Medical Students Association Ulm
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