Health systems differ from country to country. The MHB wants to enable its students to expand their horizon and acquire skills from all over the world. Here you find information on how to spend a semester or part of your practical year or the elective abroad. The recommended time to plan a study period abroad is after the 5th semester (level equivalent to preliminary examination).
The MHB is currently in a process of setting up partnerships with medical schools with comparable curricula. As soon as such partnerships are established, our students will be informed accordingly. MHB students shall have the option of spending a semester, the practical year or the clinical elective abroad. As a rule the study period abroad is one semester, two semesters maximum. The course schedule of a host university may indicate the respective number of semesters.
Interested students please contact the Section International for a personal appointment to discuss your plans and requirements in detail and initiate the next steps. The points to clarify in advance are the courses you intend to take, transferability of credits, required proof of language proficiency, and application deadlines at the partner university.
The application period for the summer semester is from 1 January to 28 February, and for the winter semester from 1 July to 30 August.
Reports on personal experience contain valuable information for fellow students and serve to improve the programme on a continuous basis. This is why all students are requested to submit an extensive experience report to the Section International after a study period abroad, no later than one month upon their return.
Specifically, we ask for detailed information on the following aspects:
- preparation (planning, organization and application at the host university)
- studies at the host university
- day-to-day university life and leisure time
- personal conclusion (best and worst experience)
Maximum length of the experience report: 3 pages.
We urgently recommend proficiency in the language of the host country since communication with patients is an important element of medical training. A language certificate equivalent to level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is an essential prerequisite for participation in the ERASMUS programme.
Professional liability insurance
MHB professional liability insurance does not cover your study period abroad. Therefore you need to take out professional and private liability insurance yourself for the period in question. Marburger Bund and Hartmann-Bund both offer such insurance to members free of charge. The Deutsche Ärzteversicherung offers an all-inclusive package which is particularly recommended for periods overseas.
The MHB recognizes credits acquired abroad following verification by the examination committee, and for the practical year by the responsible Brandenburg authorities (Landesprüfungsamt). Please feel free to contact the Section International in the event of any uncertainties or questions.
Conversion of grades
Transfer of credits and conversion of grades are among the most important issues in study periods abroad. Grade schemes for conversion and transfer of credits are currently being developed in collaboration with partner universities. For the time being, transfer of credits is based on individual arrangements between partner universities and MHB as recorded in Learning Agreements.
In general the ECTS Users’ Guide (version 2015) serves as a basis. Correspondingly, national grade charts and an ECTS grading table are to be used for conversion where possible. Please note: conversion of grades falls within the remit of the MHB examination committee.
After a student has chosen a host university and completed the application form, a Learning Agreement is concluded to ensure recognition by the Brandenburg Medical School of courses completed at the host university. Students select courses they plan to attend at the host university in consultation with the Section International. The Learning Agreement is thus concluded between home and host institution and is valid upon signature by the contracting parties.
Transcript of Records
At the end of the semester every successfully attended course is listed in a Transcript of Records, complete with the acquired ECTS credits and the grade awarded in accordance with the local grading system. The basic assumption is the equivalence of content between performance abroad and requirements at the MHB. The Transcript of Records must correspond to the Learning Agreement for all credits to be transferred to the MHB.
Transfer of Credits
The examination committee in consultation with representatives of the respective departments decides on recognition of study periods spent at medical schools abroad and of credits acquired there. Such recognition considers quantity (in terms of workload) and quality (grades) of performance. Curricula at foreign universities being frequently organized differently, the predominant criterion is the workload, i.e. performance at the host university must correspond to requirements at the home university. This workload is expressed in so called ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits.
We plan long-term partnerships primarily with those universities/medical schools - inside and also outside Europe - which offer model curricula comparable to our own. Negotiations have been, or will be, conducted with:
- Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland
- Norges Arctiske Universitet, Tromsö
- The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Haifa, Israel
- College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine EDINBURGH MEDICAL SCHOOL, Edinburgh, Schottland
- European Medical School, Groningen, Netherlands, Oldenburg (Lower Saxony)