Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany (after Berlin) and along with Hamburg Harbour, its central port, Hamburg is also the second-largest port in Europe (after Rotterdam), ninth-largest port in the world, and the most populous city in the European Union which is not a national capital. The city contains an approximate 1.8 million inhabitants. Hamburg's proper name is the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (German: Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg). It makes reference to Hamburg's membership in the medieval Hanseatic League and also to the fact that Hamburg is a city-state and one of the sixteen Federal States of Germany. Hamburg is located on the southern point of the Jutland Peninsula, directly between Continental Europe to its south, Scandinavia to its north, the North Sea to its west, and the Baltic Sea to its east. Hamburg is located in the position where the River Elbe meets with the rivers Alster and Bille. The central city area is situated around the Binnenalster ("Inner Alster") and the Außenalster ("Outer Alster") both of which are lakes. The island of Neuwerk and two other islands in the North Sea are also part of Hamburg, forming the Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park. Hamburg is a world-renowned centre of commerce, especially within Northern Germany. It is also a city of diverse cultures, all of which are accepted within the city
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
The University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (in German: Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf) is the main teaching hospital of the University of Hamburg. It was built from 1884 to 1889 and consists of more than 80 clinics and institutes that are organized in 15 medical centers. In total there are about 1,300 doctors and scientists, about 3,000 nurses and therapists, about 2,100 technicians and administrative personnel and about 3,700 medical students. In January 2009 the new main clinic opened and it’s at the moment the most modern clinic in Europe. The medical faculty and its clinics are centered on a green and spacious campus about 10 minutes from town center by bus in the district “Eppendorf”. Bus 20 and Bus 25 have bus stops in front of the hospital. For more information about the hospital and its departments check out the hospitals homepage or the wikipedia homepage.
Homepages of the University Medical Center:
Wikipedia about the University Medical Center:
Asklepios Klinik Barmbek
The Asklepios Klinik Barmbek is also a teaching hospital of the University of Hamburg and has a capacity for approximately 35 000 stationary und 40 000 ambulant patients per year. The clinic possesses 676 beds with the comfort of only single and twin sick rooms. The clinic is situated in the district of Barmbek and is very close to the municipal park and the students´ hostel “Europahaus”.
Asklepios Klinik Altona
The Asklepios Klinik Altona is also a teaching hospital of the University of Hamburg and is a medical center of high-performance. In this clinic you find all medical departments except Cardiosurgery, Dermatology, Psychiatry, Radiotherapy and Pediatrics. In total there are 922 beds. The clinic is situated in the district of Altona, which is pretty close to the river Elbe and its harbour.
At the moment we don´t have any research projects for international students
In Germany most of the students live in flat-sharing communities or in students´ hostels. We think that accommodation in this way is probably the best opportunity for an exchange student to see how German students live and to get into contact with people. Our favourite students´ hostel is the “Europa- und Georgi-Haus”. There you find students from all over the world and a lot of fun. Every Incoming gets a single room to have the opportunity to relax and to have some privacy. Accommodation is paid by bvmd for all bilateral exchangees. More informtion about the lodging at Europa- und Georgi-Haus:
We recommend to buy a monthly ticket for the greater Hamburg region upon arrival. With this ticket you can use buses, underground, suburban railway, regional trains and ferries on the river Elbe. The system of public transport in Hamburg is one of the best in Germany and after midnight there are still night buses operating. We will help organizing the ticket on students request. Among german students it´s also pretty common to go by bike but we don´t recommend that in the winter months. :) To know how to get from one place to another you can use the homepage of Hamburg´s public transport system (HVV).
From Hamburg it isn´t very far to either the Northern Sea or the Baltic Sea, where you can enjoy long beaches, waves and sunshine (sometimes:). Historic cities like Lübeck (The Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann and famous for its Marzipan), Kiel and Bremen (Becks Beer) are within an hours reach by train or car.
In order to plan your trips by train go to Deutsche Bahn: http://www.bahn.de/international/view/en/index.shtml