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Most Frequently Asked Questions
I am advanced in my medical studies and do already have some research experience. Can I still apply?
Yes, absolutely. Interested students have to have completed the first part of their medical education (Vorklinik, DCEM1). Any semester after that qualifies for admission.
What type of funding can INTER offer?
In principle, students are expected to fund their studies. Just as much as they have done thus far. However, for the exchange periods INTER offers complementary funding covering additional cost of living and travel.
For the extended research periods, it is the project leaders who need to provide funding for the students working in their labs. INTER can co-finance the exchange periods at the partner lab providing additional living allowance and travel funds.
Do I really have to spent some time in Paris/Berlin?
Yes, absolutely. This program is set up and funded as a bi-national program and exchange periods for both medical training and research project are obligatory. In fact, you have to complete two exchange periods:
1. medical training exchange
2. research project exchange
What if I have already been to Paris/Berlin on ERASMUS?
You can still apply to the program. In fact, previous experience and contact to scientists in the respective other city are of advantage. Whether or not you will be exempt from one of the exchange periods under INTER is subject to decision on a case to case basis.
I only speak basic French/German. Can I still apply?
You can still apply to the program, but you need to be willing to undergo language training prior to and during your exchange period. In the end, INTER graduates are expected to be fluent in French and German.
What is a co-tutelle de thèse?
Co-tutelle de thèse means that a PhD project is co-supervised by two senior scientists at two different institutions in two different countries. This co-supervision is agreed upon and regulated in separate contracts.
All INTER PhD projects will be co-supervised by a Berlin and a Paris based faculty member.
What degree do INTER graduates get?
Upon successful completion of their medical studies, their science training and their PhD projects, students graduating from INTER will be awarded a doctoral degree.
Negotiations within Charité and Charité and Paris Descartes are under way to allow for the award of the degree MD/PhD, attesting to graduates' medical and research training. We are positive about the outcome of these negotiations, but we can not - at this point in time - guarantee that the awarded degree will indeed be a MD/PhD.