Clinical internships for international undergraduate and postgraduate students

The Faculty of Medicine participates in a system of short-term internships for students of the General Medicine programme; the internships take place at selected clinical departments of the Ostrava (Surgery Clinic, Department of Cardiology, Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation Clinic, Obstetrics-Gynaecological Clinic, Peadiatrics Medicine, Otorhinolaryngology, Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, Dermatology).

General description

The University Hospital Ostrava, as a partner of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ostrava providing theoretical and practical education of medical and non-medical students, accepts undergraduate and postgraduate students of medical and non-medical specializations from universities outside the Czech Republic for the purpose of medium-term and long-term internships at the Hospital’s clinical departments.

The precondition for the internship is a sound contractual relationship between the Faculty of Medicine and the university sending the student for the internship (the sending university); the international student becomes a registered student of the Faculty of Medicine for the entire period of the internship, and as such is bound by all rules and regulations and covered by the same insurance and contracts which apply to students of the University of Ostrava.

Alternatively, it is also possible to organize the internship on the basis of a direct contractual relationship between the Hospital, the student and the sending university; in such cases it is necessary for the student to obtain proper liability insurance covering all possible damage which may be incurred by the Hospital for the whole period of the internship.

Length of stay: 2-3 months

Requirements of the student

  • the student must have completed at least the fourth year of a General Medicine degree programme
  • fluent knowledge of English
  • compulsory vaccination (hepatitis B)
  • motivated student, interested in the particular specialization
  • adequate financial coverage for the whole internship period
  • liability insurance for damages which may be incurred by the Hospital (in the case of a direct contractual relationship between the Hospital and the sending university, without the participation of the Faculty of Medicine)
  • entry visa to the Czech Republic (if necessary)

Terms of the internship

  • contractual relationship between the Faculty of Medicine and the sending university, or
  • contractual relationship between the Hospital, the student and the sending university

Subject of the internship

The subject and aims of the internship will be defined individually, depending on the needs of the student and the requirements of the sending university; usually they will include the following:

  • introduction to the healthcare system in the Czech Republic
  • introduction to the organization of work at the Hospital’s specialized clinical department(s)
  • training in specific diagnostic, treatment and surgery techniques in the given specialization
  • establishment of partnership-based cooperation between the Faculty of Medicine, the Hospital and the sending institution

Duties of the sending university

  • to enter into the internship agreement
  • to define the subject and aims of the internship

Duties of the Hospital

  • to enter into the internship agreement
  • to obtain the consent of the head physician of the clinical department where the internship is to take place
  • to provide the student with a mentor who is fluent in the English language
  • to organize a professional training programme for the whole period of the stay, in accordance with the subject and aims of the internship
  • to organize all compulsory training for the student prior to the initiation of the internship (Safety at Work, Fire Safety, Quality Management System)
  • to offer the student the possibility of eating at the Hospital canteen, at the price charged to non-employees

Duties of the Faculty of Medicine

  • to enter into the internship agreement
  • to assist the student with accommodation

Financial provisions

It is the duty of the student to ensure they have adequate finances to cover all travel costs, accommodation and meals for the whole period of the internship.


Daniela Gumulcová, International Relations Office, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ostrava
Phone: +420 553 46 1705

Ing. Lucie Malá, Department of the Deputy Director for Personnel Management, University Hospital Ostrava
Phone: +420 597374063

Both the Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine cooperate closely in the organization of internships for international students. All requests for internships at the Hospital must be communicated to prof. Darja Jarošová, Ph.D., Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine for International Relations.

Updated: 24. 07. 2018