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Thank you for your interest in a work placement, clinical observation visit (clinical internship), research visit or advanced training (doctoral thesis or specialist training) at Cologne University Hospital.

Please make an initial application by sending your CV and a letter of application directly to the relevant department or working group. If the head of the department or research group is interested in an applicant, he / she will ask ZIB Med to make contact with the applicant and obtain the necessary documents. Once all the documents have been received the applicant is sent an official invitation. With the aid of this letter of invitation, applicants from countries whose residents need a visa can obtain a residence title for this specific purpose from the German embassy in their home country.

Applicants must always be careful to apply for a working visa (Arbeitsvisum) and NOT just a tourist visa (Touristenvisum) because this cannot be converted after arrival in Germany.

The work permit (Arbeitserlaubnis) can be obtained after arrival in Germany with a limited residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) by applying to Cologne’s foreigners department (Ausländerbehörde).
The necessary temporary permit to practise medicine (Berufserlaubnis) as specified by German law (§10 Bundesärzteordnung) can be obtained by application to the local administrative authority (Bezirksregierung) in Münster.

Please note that you need German Approbation (licence to practice medicine) in order to do specialist training (Facharztausbildung). Click here for more information.

In case you want to do a doctoral thesis at the Faculty of Medicine then please inform yourself here about our programmes (p. 28, 29 + p. 18 for the degree Dr. nat. med.) and here how to apply.