Studying medicine in Germany gives students great opportunities within the field. However, it is not as easy as it seems. There are many obstacles and challenges that you’ll get to know when applying to study medicine in Germany.
University entrance qualification
If you want to study in Germany, you’ll need a German higher education entrance qualification. This qualification allows you to study in Germany and is known as “allgemeine Hochschulreife” or “Fachhochschulreife”.
You can also check the list of requirements on German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to see if you’re eligible to study at universities in Germany.
You can find out if you are eligible to study in Germany firstly by going to the “admission requirements” section. After that, you will be asked to choose the country in which you received your higher education entrance qualification.
Necessary requirements to study medicine in Germany
Firstly, you need to have very strong German language skills demonstrated by strong test scores in German language exams such as Testdaf or DSH.
In cases where your German language skills are inadequate, you need not worry. You can simply register for a German language course and get your language to the required level to study medicine in Germany.
Other requirements include:
- University entrance qualification / Public high school diploma.
- If you’re a non-EU student, you will need to make sure that your qualifications allow you to enter your chosen university. If not, you will have to take a one-year-long preparatory course known as Studienkolleg and pass the Feststellungsprüfungexam test.
- A strong knowledge of the English language in order to understand certain terms. Additionally, knowledge of the Latin language is also beneficial but not mandatory.
- High school knowledge of biology, chemistry, and physics.
- The ability to work well under stress. Undoubtedly, medical university programs are intensive and time-consuming. In fact, credit hours per semester can range from 25-30 a week.
- International students will require a student visa and residence permit.
- The TestAS exam: Some universities require TestAS exam results. Meanwhile, the (TMS) medical exam is voluntary but may give you an advantage over other candidates as it showcases your academic abilities.
Applying to study medicine in Germany
It is best that you contact the international office of your chosen university early on ( if possible, a year before starting your course). We advise that you do that in order to have enough time to gather all the necessary information on applications, procedures, and deadlines.
The number of applications to study medicine in Germany are significantly larger than the spaces available. For that reason, German universities arrange for a restricted admission system known as Clausus NC. There are two types of NC. However, in this case, it is centrally restricted NC.
That being said, in December 2017 the federal constitutional court in Germany ruled that the admission system was “partially unconstitutional”. In other words, the government will regulate the acceptance criteria to offer places. Either way, admission will differ from one university to another.
University admission and deadlines
If you received your university entrance qualification from Germany or from a German school abroad, you will need to apply for higher education through the establishment. The same applies as required for other subjects including pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and dentistry.
Non-EU students will have to inquire as to whether the university they have chosen is a member of the uni-assist. If that is the case, you can apply through the uni-assist approval organization. If not, then you must apply through the university that you have chosen. Additionally, your application will include relevant documents ( For instance: public high school diploma)
Deadlines for applications will generally be around the 15th of July for winter semesters and the 15th of January for summer semesters.
For more information check also this complete guide for Medecine Study in Germany.