How to accept to study medicine in Germany

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How to accept to study medicine in Germany


Studying medicine in Germany offers students great opportunities for a bright future in this high profession, but it also involves several barriers and challenges that we will recognize in our article on how to accept medical study in Germany.

University entrance certificate: 

To study in Germany you will need a university degree. This is a specific study qualification that enables you to study, and in Germany it is known as "allgemeine Hochschulreife" or "Fachhochschulreife".

A preliminary overview of whether you can study at a German university through your school qualifications can be found on the German and English website of the German Exchange Service (DAAD).
In the Admissions Requirements section, you first choose the country in which you have obtained your university qualification. You can then find out if you qualify to study in Germany.

Requirements for the study of medicine in Germany: 

You need a good knowledge of German, and you'll need to prove it using strong points in a test like Testdaf or DSH.
If your language skills are not good, it's fine: you can enroll in a pre-school German language course to help get the language skills that will bring you to the required level of medical study in Germany. You'll also need:
  • University Entry Qualification/High School Certificate
  • Students from outside the EU will need to verify that their competence qualifies them to attend the university in question. If not, the student may need to attend Studienkolleg, a one-year preparatory course, and pass the Feststellungsprüfungexam.
  • Strong knowledge of English in order to understand specialized literature. It is also useful (but not necessary) to have knowledge of Latin
  • Extensive knowledge of high school: biology, chemistry, and physics
  • The ability to deal well with stress, as medical programs are often time-consuming and intensive, with up to 25-30 hours per week mandatory classes
  • Foreign students need a student visa and residence permit.
  • Test As: Some universities require tests results, while the Medical Studies Test (TMS) is voluntary but can help give you an edge over other candidates by demonstrating your academic abilities.

How do you apply to study medicine in Germany? 

It is good to contact the International Office of the Selected University early (if possible, a year before the start of the course) so that you can get specific information about admission requirements, procedures, and deadlines.

The number of applicants is much larger than the available space for medical study in Germany, so the admission process is organized into a highly restricted selective admission policy known as clusus NC. There are two types of NC, in which case they are known as centrally restricted NC. But in December 2017, Germany's Supreme Court ruled the selection process as "partly unconstitutional," meaning the government would regulate the criteria used to provide places. The admission process generally varies from university to university.

Applying to the University and the deadline for applications:

If you have obtained a qualification to enter your university from Germany or from a German school abroad, you must apply through the foundation to enter higher education. The same applies to other topics on demand: pharmacy, veterinary medicine and dentistry.
Other students (from outside the EU) will need to be asked if the university they have chosen is a uni-assist member. If so, you can apply through the one-assist central admission process. If not, the student must submit his application through the university of his or her chosen university and ensure that he or she is requested by copies of any relevant documents (e.g., high school diploma).

In general, the deadline for applications is July 15th for applications for study starting in the winter semester, and January 15th for receiving applications for summer study.


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