Studies abroad

The possibility to stay abroad is given:

  • As a scientific exchange within the ERASMUS program (see below)
  • As a research project (lab rotation or master thesis)

This can take place in the laboratories of the partner universities of the University of Bonn (for example, Waseda University, Tokyo) or at any other university in Germany or outside Germany.

Support for foreign students is offered by the International Office of the University of Bonn.

Research stays can also be carried out at Bayer Pharma AG or the DZNE (German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases) or Caesar (Center of Advanced European Studies and Research) associated with LIMES.


Sebastian Griesing
Graduate of the study program Molecular Biomedicine
Currently PhD at the University of Nagoya in Japan
Subject: Molecular mechanisms during lung carcinogenesis

"I especially liked two things in the Molecular Biomedicine program, that prepared me very well for my doctoral thesis: the interdisciplinarity and the many internships. Right from the beginning, great importance was attached to practical experience: from the first semester onwards you have practical courses, i.g. in organic and inorganic chemistry and biochemistry. In the further semesters, you can choose your own internships within the framework of different modules and thus get an insight into many different areas. I completed my elective internship in labs, which worked among others on the embryonic development of the mouse or on the study of the hair cycle. I especially liked that as a "simple" student, I was completely integrated into the laboratories and could work independently on a project. Thus I quickly learned to gather information through literature research and to prepare and plan experiments independently. 
I had the chance to complete one of my elective internships in Japan (in the same laboratory, where I am currently doing my PhD). The recognition of this internship abroad as part of the study program was absolutely no problem as the Molecular Biomedicine students were encouraged to gain international experience and to complete an internship abroad. I liked it so much in Japan during this three month stay and my Japanese professor was so impressed by my good training and routine in the laboratory that I could return to this lab for my PhD after finishing my studies. 
Especially in comparison to other PhD students in my laboratory, I realize time and again how well the study program Molecular Biomedicine has prepared me for my research life, and some protocols of that time I am still using for my experiments."


Erasmus program

As part of the Erasmus program of the EU the University of Bonn offers funded study visits to around 300 partner universities in Europe. The basis for the participation of the University of Bonn in the ERASMUS program is the Erasmus Charta for higher education.

Erasmus coordinator of the Department of Molecular Biomedicine is Prof. Günter Mayer. Please contact him in due course in case you are planning to apply to take part in an Erasmus program. 

Contact details:

Prof. Dr. Günter Mayer
University of Bonn
LIMES Institute
Gerhard-Domagk-Str. 1
53121 Bonn
Phone: +49 (0) 228 732935
FAX: +49 (0) 228 734809
E-mail: gmayer@uni-bonn.de

Assistant: Kordula Bellinghausen
Phone: +49 (0) 228 732935
FAX: +49 (0) 228 734809
E-mail: belling@uni-bonn.de

Selection criteria:
- Motivation, one's own initiative
- Language profession
- Compatibility of courses

Specific information may be found on the website of the University of Bonn.