Aims and Content


    Medical studies are presently poorly involved in international exchanges for a number of different reasons. The main ones are that:
  • In most European countries the medical curricula tend to be submitted to regulations and constraints, which are related to national health policies (regulation of the number of students entering the curriculum, specific regulations towards foreign students, regulations relative to licensing of medical doctors, etc….
  • Medical studies remain in most European countries organized in a way that is not always compatible with the Bologna process. Curricula are not always organized in semesters and the ECTS system has not yet been implemented in all medical faculties.
  • The organisation of medical studies varies a lot across Europe. Some curricula are organised in a very integrated way with early introduction to clinical experience and integration of scientific and clinical knowledge throughout the 5 or 6 years of medical studies. In other countries pre‐clinical and clinical teaching are clearly separated. These discrepancies raise a number of obstacles for international exchanges.
  • Furthermore language barriers are difficult to overcome as medical studies imply contact with health staff and patients, who, in contrast to academics, do not usually speak any other language than their native language.



    The objective is to promote international exchanges and structured cooperation between higher education institutions through an offer of enhanced quality medical semester with a distinct European added value. This is achieved through the development of the Joint Program for European Medical Studies (JPEMS) which, to our knowledge, is a unique education program in Europe.
  • More specifically, the JPEMS aims:
  • To alleviate the imbalances between the EU medical studies
  • To promote cooperation between European medical schools
  • To increase the mobility of medical students
  • To enable talented students to benefit linguistically, culturally and educationally from the experience of pursuing academic studies in another country
  • To enhance the skills and qualifications of higher education staff (Doctors/Teachers)
  • To improve the transparency and recognition of studies and qualifications (Bologna process)

Course Objectives

This semester is about pre‐clinical teaching, centred on biological sciences and research issues, and includes a full  time research placement in a research laboratory. The choice of the research placement can be tailored to the requirements of the curricula of each partner university. The courses are open to all consortium member university students who already have completed 2 years of medicine. The full accreditation of credits and exams is carried out by our university consortium.


    Topics covered include different research and medical fields. Teachers from partner universities teach the following courses (30 ECTS):
  • Physiopathology, pathology and molecular medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Medical genetics
  • Immunopathology
  • Medical informatics and biostatistics
  • Medical English or Medical French
  • Elective modules (Physiology, Semiology, Pediatrics)
  • Full time research placement (5 weeks), tailored to the requirements of each curriculum

JPEMS „history”

JPEMS semesters are great success from the beginnings. It took place in Angers in 2011 and 2013, in Nantes in 2012 and 2014, in Szeged in 2015 and in Amsterdam in 2016. The students emphasized the most important positive points of this program, such as linguistic aspect (significant improvement of their English), scientific aspect (direct contact with research), and social aspect (contact with students from other countries). All students evaluated very positively their experience, they claim to be willing to do it again, and recommend it to their younger colleagues.

JPEMS class of 2012