Giessen is a rather unknown city, so we will give you some information about the town and Hospital here:
Giessen: Where is it, and how do I get there?
Giessen is located in the middle of Germany, roughly 60km north of Frankfurt am Main.
Frankfurt is also the nearest(and Germany’s biggest) airport, so it is best for you to take a flight to Frankfurt/Main(FRA) and then take the train to Giessen.
Due to the central location, popular cities like Berlin, Hamburg and Munich are not really close, but all in reach for weekend trips - each of them can be reached in about 4-5 hours by train. Train tickets are affordable if you book them a week or so in advance at www.bahn.de.You might also want to check out online carpooling services, provided your command of the german language is good enough to arrange the trip via phone.
What is the town like?
Gießen is a mid-size town with a population of approximately 76,000 and roughly 24,000 university students - the highest proportion of students in any german town.. Both hospital and university campus are located at walking distance from your accomodation. Lectures will still be running in July, so you can expect all the students to be on campus. You will find some more information about Giessen in Wikipedia.
What do the hospital and the university offer?
The Giessen University Hospital (UKGM – Universitätsklinikum Giessen und Marburg) is the third largest university hospital in Germany, with 1200 beds in Giessen and another 1000 in the neighbouring historical town of Marburg. The hospitals leading areas of expertise are pneumology (see ECCPS) and pediatrics, the latter including pediatric heart surgery. But of course, all other fields are well represented, too. See www.ukgm.de for the hospital, and www.uni-giessen.de for the university. The University also has some english pages with information on things such asgerman language courses.
German Measles (Rubella)
Hepatitis A and B
Pertussis (whooping cough)
Only Students from countries with a substantial prevalence of TBC also need to bring a chest X-Ray no older than 3 months (Other TBC tests might also do, just ask us in case this applies to you).
If you can't complete this list at home, there is a chance to get some missing vaccinations locally at the Hospital when you come here. Just don't rely on that too much - also, it might be slightly more expensive than at home.
- Professional clothing (i.e., scrubs or white coats) will be provided by the hospital. Outside of surgical theatres, you will need your own shoes and of course a stethoscope.
- ATM’s in Germany will generally accept Visa and Mastercard.
- Prepaid SIM cards for your cellphone are easily available, if you want to avoid roaming fees.
We are looking forward to see you!