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Clinical internships

In principle, exchange students at LMU can be assigned for full-time clinical internships, provided that they do not sign up for any courses/lectures in the semester concerned.

There are two types of internship, which depend on the level of training reached:

  • MeCuM Elective:
    This internship is intended for students who already have sound competences in clinical practice and, wherever possible, also have theoretical knowledge in the discipline concerned. It involves clinical rotations and some tuition. A German Level of B2 is required.
  • PY Elective:
    This internship is reserved for students in the final year of their medical studies. Further requirements are a knowledge of German on the C1 level, sound competences in clinical practice and evidence of theoretical knowledge in the discipline concerned. In addition to clinical rotations, students attend the courses and lectures intended for the Practical Year (PY).


Please note the following:

  • The details provided for your assignment to internships are binding.
  • The final assignment is the responsibility of the Dean’s Office.
  • Certificates will only be issued for internships assigned by the Dean’s Office. (Exception: clinical electives arranged on your own initiative, see "Famulatur")
  • You study in accordance with the LMU examination and study regulations.

For clinical internships, official evidence of language skills (Goethe-Zertifikat, TestDaF, etc.) is required; the LMU Confirmation of Language Skills form is not sufficient as evidence.

  • You can apply either for the MeCuM Elective or for the PY Elective – depending on the level of training you have reached.
  • The earliest possible starting date for clinical internships is the first day of lectures in a semester. For information on lecture times at the Medical Faculty see "Vorlesungszeiten". The latest finishing date is the last day of the semester, i.e. 31st March or 30th September.
  • The minimum duration for a subject is 4 weeks.
  • The following subjects can be selected:
  1. Anesthesia
  2. Dermatology
  3. ENT
  4. Forensic medicine
  5. General medicine
  6. General surgery: In the field of surgery, rotations in the various sub-disciplines are possible (visceral, trauma, transplantation, thoracic, vascular, cardiac surgery)
  7. Gynecology
  8. Internal medicine: The Internal medicine disciplines are grouped into three sectors.
    Block I: Cardiology, Nephrology, Angiology
    Block II: Gastroenterology, Endocrinology/Diabetology, Internal intensive care and Respiratory medicine, Infectiology
    Block III: Pneumology, Hematology and oncology, Rheumatology, Geriatric medicine
  9. Laboratory medicine
  10. Neurology
  11. Neuropathology
  12. Neurosurgery
  13. Nuclear medicine
  14. Occupational and environmental medicine
  15. Ophthalmology
  16. Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  17. Orthopedics
  18. Pathology
  19. Pediatric and adolescent psychiatry
  20. Pediatric surgery
  21. Pediatrics
  22. Physical medicine
  23. Plastic surgery
  24. Psychiatry
  25. Psychosomatic medicine
  26. Radiology
  27. Radiotherapy/Radiation oncology
  28. Urology

In order to improve your chances of a full allocation of time at LMU, please indicate for each subject requested not only the duration, time frame and learning objectives, but also alternative subjects (e.g. Child psychiatry instead of Pediatrics). For assignment in General surgery and Internal medicine, please specify the sub-discipline/s.

  • In order to ensure that your work is credited at your home university, please show in the "learning objectives" box what clinical activities are to be performed in the course of the internship and what skills are to be learned. 
  • For both types of internship, the grade and ECTS points are, where necessary, awarded by the hospital concerned. With regard to ECTS, there is no fixed number of points for clinical internships at LMU. 25–30 internship hours will usually correspond to 1 ECTS point.

After being accepted for clinical internships at LMU, you will receive further information from the hospitals involved directly, or you will be advised to contact the person responsible. Please note that you are assigned differently from the regular PY dates, and that there can be delays in the planning as a result.

MeCuM & PY Elective students receive meal tickets for the LMU hospital canteen for the whole period of the internship (Further information).

Clinical electives ("Famulatur")

In addition to MeCuM courses and lectures, clinical internships can be taken in the form of clinical electives. These must be agreed with the hospital concerned by the exchange students themselves. For a list of teaching hospitals see: PJ-Einrichtungen. If you are staying for 2 semesters, we recommend taking clinical electives in the vacation period, like LMU students. If you should take a clinical elective during semester time, please wait until you have your timetable/MeCuM course assignment for the coming semester in order to identify gaps, so that you can then ask the hospital directly about a clinical elective ("Famulatur"), see Contact persons. Regarding grades and ECTS points, the same guidelines apply to clinical electives as to MeCuM & PY Elective.

In order to have all the clinical internships certified in the Transcript of Records, please ensure that the Certificate of completion form for your internship is confirmed by the hospital concerned:

Certificate of completion