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Observership Program

International Observership Program: Medical training at a top world university

It is the goal of the observership to give international medical graduates and medical students an insight into the Austrian medical system as well as to provide a clinical experience by observing our doctors. Depending on the different departments, the medical training will allow observers to experience new techniques and treatments, have discussions with responsible physicians and monitor surgeries and other invasive interventions. Participating in our observership program offers you the opportunity to get to know best-practice methods at a high medical level. Participants are not permitted to actively be involved in patient care will have the status of observers. Some departments also offer specialty observerships which allow you to get an intensive observership experience and be trained in special techniques.


The observership takes place at the university hospital “LKH Universitätsklinikum Graz” (1.500 beds; around 410.000 outpatients and around 82.000 inpatients each year) at the Medical University of Graz in Austria.


A list of all clinical departments and pre-clinical institutes can be found here.


The Medical University of Graz is a new University with an old tradition, being the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Graz until 2004. Since 1863, when the Medical Faculty was built up, the University contributes to the flourishing of the “academic-city” Graz. In 2004, the Medical University was outsourced from the University of Graz and became an independent university that comprises 3 research centers, 20 clinics, 7 institutes and around 1.500 employees. At the moment about 4.000 students are registered at the Medical University of Graz.


The small and safe city of Graz (population ~300.000) is not only a UNESCO world heritage because of its historical old-town but was also the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2003. Graz is the second-largest city in Austria, 200 kilometers away from the capital Vienna and has six universities.

Building up international professional and personal links

Each participant of the observership will be matched with a faculty member from the Medical University of Graz who will serve as their mentor during their medical training. During the clinical training at our university hospital you will have the chance to build up valuable professional and personal relationships with our physicians.


Please consider, that the national language in Austria is German, also the conversations with the patients will be held in German, but you will be assigned to a supervisor, who speaks English and he or she explains the issues to you! If you are able to understand/to speak German, that would be an advantage, but it is not mandatory!


For this clinical training for international medical graduates and students an observership fee has to be paid. Different fees apply for undergraduates and graduates and fees also vary according to the type of observership (general observership, specialty observership) and length. For a general observership for doctors, a fee of 400 EUR has to be paid for the first 2 weeks, for each additional week a fee of 150 EUR applies. For medical students the fee is 400 EUR per month (from 2018). Payment is due at time of registration. Specialty observerships (customized, intensive programs) have different fees. Scholarships will be awarded to students/doctors from least developed countries according to OECD. Please ask irene.stradner(at) for details.


Only a limited number of placements are available each month. Applicants need to send their applications at least 4-6 months before their intended arrival.

→ Find here the information brochure and request here the application form


Please consider that most of the departments are fully booked till the end of 2018! Then we strongly recommend to apply for a later date. In any case, all applications have to be handed in as soon as you know the intended timeframe - but at least 4-6 months before your planned observership.


If accepted, you will receive an official letter of invitation and a comprehensive Welcome Guide with helpful information for your stay in Austria. We will help you in finding suitable accommodation in Graz and with all other requests concerning your observership. Upon successful completion of the medical training you will receive a certificate by the Medical University of Graz.


We aim at offering high quality trainings and therefore ask all participants to give us some feeback through an anonymous online-questionaire after successful completion of their stay. Over 90% said they would come again for an observership. Read about what feedback we have received on the Observership Program: Testimonials

Courses for people working in research offered by our “ZMF Academy”

The ZMF Academy offers high-quality courses to post-graduates in different areas of life science technologies. In the practical-oriented courses, participants gain comprehensive knowledge and profound practical experience in a state-of-the-art equipped environment.


  • Statistical data analysis
  • Cytotoxicity testing
  • Real-time PCR Workshop
  • Basics of mass spectrometry and chromatography

Important note:

The Medical University of Graz does not cooperate with any agents, middlemen, negotiators, intermediaries etc. in connection with the organisation or execution of observership program. If you are interested in participating in our observership program, please read the information given on this webpage and apply directly using our application form. Students from GHLO network (AAMC) participating institutions may apply for the Observership Program through the GHLO network application service. For further questions please contact the Department "International Relations & Postgraduate Education - Postgraduate School" of the Medical University of Graz. Participants of the observership program are not employed by the Medical University of Graz and there is no possibility of acquiring a permanent contract through this program.

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