Overview- Medical Education in Germany
Germany offers students of medicine and dentistry a broad selection of first-rate universities. Among these are large schools, such as Munich or Berlin, but also smaller ones, like Greifswald and Essen. There are old schools with long traditions, as in Heidelberg and Göttingen, and newer institutions, such as Düsseldorf and Regensburg. This diversity is, without a doubt, an enormous asset and underscored even more so by the fact that all of these schools ensure an education at the highest level. A total of 35 universities in Germany offer degrees in medicine; 30 also have schools of dentistry.
Studying medicine in Germany generally takes a little more than six years. The initial, basic studies program lasts four semesters with an emphasis on the natural sciences (physics, chemistry, biology) and the fundamentals of medicine (physiology, biochemistry, anatomy). This first phase ends with a state-administered medical examination. With the successful completion of this phase, the student moves on to the main, six-semester course of study in core areas of medicine that includes lecture, seminar and laboratory work. This is followed by a 48-week practical training period in a clinic or hospital, known as the "practical year", focusing on surgery, internal medicine and an elected subject chosen by the student. This segment ends with the second medical exam and can be followed by training to become a specialist; for example, in ophthalmology, surgery, or neurology. Depending on the specialty, this can take between four and six years and ends with the specialist examination conducted by the medical association.
For a career in dentistry, the prospective student must complete a regular course of study which last ten semesters, plus an additional six months. Following a five-semester pre-clinical phase, which focuses on the natural sciences, medicine and dental materials, the student must successfully complete his or her preliminary dentistry examination. This is followed by another five semesters of clinical study, including lectures, seminars and practical training, to further perfect the student's medical knowledge and dentistry skills. A degree in dentistry is awarded upon the successful completion of the second state-administered dentistry examination. This may be followed by further specialist training in oral surgery, orthodontics, or public health, which can last between three and four years.
Whether you ultimately decide to pursue a career in medicine or dentistry – with or without additional specialist training – the decision to study in Germany is always the right choice.
1. Why study Medicine in Germany?
- Germany is a leader in the field of healthcare
- State of the art , high tech equipment
- Mentoring schemes provide support to International students
- Training for patient care and research
- Opportunities in research after the completion of medical degree
- New Treatment concepts & Simulation using dolls
- High training standard with state examination being the quality seal
- Shortage of doctors in Germany
- Opportunity to work and stay in Germany upon the completion of your studies in Medicine
2. Top Ranked Universities for studying Medicine
Studies in Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy is offered only at state universities in Germany. State universities in Germany have long tradition of offering the finest education and training to national and International students alike and most of the universities are centuries old and are highly ranked across the world. Some of the top ranked public universities for studying Medicine in Germany as as follows:
- University of Heidelberg
- University of Munich
- Charite Medical University
- Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
- University of Gottingen
- Universität zu Koln
- MH Hannover
- University of Bonn
- University of Leipzig
- University of Wurzburg
3. Tuition fees for studying Medicine and Dentistry
There are no study cost or tuition fees for studying Medicine in Germany at state universities. What you pay for studying Medicine is the semester contribution only which ranges from 200-300 Euros per semester. Universities in the state of Baden Wurttemberg charge a tuition fees of 1500 Euros per semester to non-EU students.
4. Living cost for International students
Given a very high standard of living in Germany, an international student will need 700-800 Euros per month for his/her living cost during studies. At the moment, German authorities estimate that an international student will need 863 Euros per month for an international student to cover the living cost during his/her studies in Germany. The living cost for the first year i.e. 10500 Euros has to be deposited in blocked account out of which students are allowed to withdraw 863 Euros per month.
5. Part time jobs in Germany
International students are allowed to work part time 120 full days or 240 half days per calendar year which roughly translates to 20 hours per week. If you are planning to study Medicine in Germany, we recommend that you should assess your finances carefully and ensure that you have enough funds to cover the living cost of the first 2-3 years studies until you are in the clinical phase of your medicine studies.
6. Admission Requirements
Whether you can study Medicine and/or Dentistry in Germany or not and which pathway you need to follow will largely depend upon your university entrance qualifications and German language proficiency. Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy are offered as German taught programs only and students need to have an excellent proficiency in German language for their studies.
The entry requirements for studying Medicine in Germany are as follows:
- Above average marks in SEE/SLC (at least 75% or GPA 3.5)
- Above average marks in 10+2 or equivalent (at least 70% or GPA 3.0)
- German language proficiency at least B1/B2 level
7. Pathway to a Medical degree in Germany
Medicine and dentistry studies are offered as German taught programs only. Nepalese students who want to study Medicine in Germany must learn German language and gain the required proficiency in addition to having very good grades in their 10+2 or equivalent studies.
10+2 or NEB Qualifications are not recognised as an equivalent to German schooling and therefore students with such qualifications must complete a one year foundation course before starting their medical studies at a university in Germany. The basic requirement for attending the foundation course is B1/B2 level of German language course which can be achieved in 6-8 months time with our German language courses followed by an entrance examination known as Aufnahmeprufung.The preparatory course lasts for one year and ends with an examination called Feststelleprufung or Assessment test in English.
If you have completed A-levels and provided that you A-levels are recognised as an equivalent to German University Entrance Qualification in Germany, you can learn German language up to B1/B2 level in Nepal followed by additional 6 months of German language leading to DSH-2. Upon having passed DSH-2 examination, you are eligible to start your studies in Medicine or Dentistry. It is important that you have very good grades in A-levels.
8. How can I study Medicine in Germany?
- Enrol in our online/face to face German course and complete B1 level German followed by Zertifikat B1 Examination.
- University Application followed upon having passed B1 Examination.
- Visa Application upon arrival of Admission letter
- Application for blocked account opening and No Objection letter upon visa application
- Transfer the living cost of your first year (10500 Euros) to your blocked account.
- Get your Travel insurance and collect your visa from the German Embassy.
- Plan your travel to Germany.
- Take your entrance test for the foundation course and start your foundation course studies in Germany.
- In case you cannot clear the entrance test, enrol in German language course in Germany and retake the entrance test for the foundation course after 3-4 months.
- Complete your foundation course studies followed by studies in Medicine at the university of your choice.
9.How much time does it take study Medicine in Germany?
It takes more or less 7.5 to 8 years to complete your medical education in Germany including the time required for learning German and the foundation ccourse.
German language course: 6-8 Months
Foundation course /Studienkolleg: 1 year
Pre-clinical phase : 2 years
Clinical Phase: 3 years
Internship/Praktikum: 1 year
10. How much does it cost to study Medicine in Germany?
There are no tuition fees for studying Medicine at most universities in Germany, however students must manage their living cost. An overall budget of 17-18 lakhs NPR including the first year living cost 10500 Euros (13-14 lakhs) is reqiuired.
11. Can I work in Germany after the completion of Medical Degree?
Yes, you can work as a physician and apply for EU Blue card upon the completion of your medicine studies in Germany. Students completing their medical studies from a university in Germany can apply for EU Blue card which entitles them to stay and work in Germany for as long as they want. It is also possible for medical graduates to obtain German citizenship easily.
How can I start my preparation for studies in Germany?
The best way to start your preparation for studying in Germany is to get enrolled in our German language course starting every fortnight. If you have just completed your 10+2 examination and are waiting for your results, this is the ideal time to join our online German courses and acheive B1 level of German till your results are out followed by university and visa application process without having to loose time.
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Enrolment in Intensive German courses (now offered in Online format due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19) at Edupark is the best way to prepare for your higher studies in Germany. Our Online German courses start every fortnight so that you do not have to wait long before you can join a German course.
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