Medical Universities in Germany: Courses, Fees & Eligibility

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Rahul Singha Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Jun 2, 2022 16:47 IST

Medical Colleges in Germany: With the current crisis facing Russia and Ukraine, Germany has again risen among the top destinations for medical studies. Germany is home to state-of-the-art universities combined with the latest amenities for students to have an unforgettable study experience. The country provides a holistic approach to education providing the current blend of theoretical knowledge along with practical experiences.

Candidates should note that when we talk about medical studies in Germany we are talking about the entire health care system and not just the study of General Medicine (MBBS) in Germany. Medical Colleges would include specialization in Nursing & Paramedical, General Medicine, Dental, Health, Veterinary and Pathology among others. The cost of studying medical courses across public universities in Germany is free as the education is sponsored by the state. However, international students enrolling on medical courses across public universities in Germany would be required to have sound knowledge of the German language along with language certification as part of the admission process.

Medical Colleges in Germany – Highlights

Medical Colleges in Germany

20+

Cost of Studying in Germany

Public Universities: INR 0

Cost of Living in Germany

€10,332

Eligibility requirements

High School + NEET + German Language/IELTS or TOEFL

Candidates should note that the duration of the medical course in Germany would entirely depend on the preferred specialization of study. So while studying Nursing Science could take candidates 36 months (3 years), a course in Midwifery Science is for 48 months (4 years). Similarly, General Medicine of MBBS in Germany would be for a total of 72+ months 96 years). So the duration of the course would be entirely dependent on the preferred specialization. However, medical courses are available across public universities in Germany that do not charge tuition fees but only an administrative fee.

Top Medical Colleges in Germany

In this section we are going to be talking about the top MBBS universities in Germany for medical studies.

University

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022: Medicine

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Heidelberg, Germany

#45

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Munich, Germany

#46

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Berlin, Germany

#51-100

Technical University of Munich

Munich, Germany

#51-100

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Tübingen, Germany

#101-150

Medizinische Hochschule Hannover

Hanover, Germany

#101-150

RWTH Aachen University

Aachen, Germany

#101-150

Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt, Germany

#101-150

Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

#101-150

Universität Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany

#101-150

Medical Specializations in Germany

Candidates planning to study medical courses in Germany should include but are not limited to the following specializations:

Nursing & Paramedical

General Medicine

Dental

Health

Veterinary

Pathology

Cost of Studying medical courses in Germany

In this section, we are going to be covering the cost of studying medical courses in Germany. Germany is home to top public universities that are largely state-funded and does not require students to pay tuition fee but only an administration fee as part of the admission process. Currently, medical courses are only available across public universities in Germany. Hence, international students would require an understanding of the German language to apply to the university.

Cost of Living in Germany: Candidates looking to live in Germany are required to open a mandatory Blocked Account. The Blocked Account has the required living expense for a student. This amount is decided by the government in Germany. As of January 1, 2021, keeping the rate of inflation in mind, the mandatory amount required in the Block Account for studying in Germany is €10,332 for an entire year or €861 for a month.

German Study Visa

Candidates going to study in Germany would require a German Student Visa for their entire duration of stay. The student visa would also allow students access to part-time work for 20 hours a week for their entire duration of the study or 120 full or 240 half days per year  Candidates should note that on completion of their study, they would be allowed an eighteen-month (18 months) post-study period to find employment in their field of study. Students will have to pay around €110 as a visa application fee. Generally, the processing time for a Residence Permit visa is 3 months (8 to 12 weeks). 

Academic requirements

Candidates looking to pursue medical courses in Germany are required to satisfy the below mentioned basic academic requirements. 

  • The student must have completed his 10+2 from a recognized board.
  • The student must have an aggregate percentage of at least 50% or above in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology and must have studied English as a compulsory subject during his 10+2 years.
  • Students are also required to qualify for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). This is mandatory even if the student is planning to pursue his medical studies abroad.
  • The candidate would also be required to produce an Eligibility Certificate issued by the Medical Council of India at the time of admission to Foreign Medical Universities.
  • Candidates would also need to have a working knowledge of German Languages for admission to private universities or English Language scores for admission to private colleges.

Scholarships to study medical courses in Germany

One of the acknowledged disadvantages of studying abroad is the high tuition costs. However, it is not so for students wanting to pursue MBBS. Candidates who would prefer to obtain an education loan or financial aid could check out a list of available scholarships to apply from.

Work Permit after studying medical courses in Germany

Students who have completed their MBBS in Germany are eligible to work in Germany after their studies. International students can work for up to 18 months as part of their post-study work permit in Germany. This extended period of 18 months is called a post-study work permit in Germany. During these 18 months, candidates can work on their own initiative and take on any type of work to support themselves. However, if a student wants to permanently stay in Germany, he or she can apply for an ‘EU Blue Card’ - Residence Permit as early as two years after receiving their work visa. 

Medical courses Jobs and Career Opportunities

A maximum of the medical students opt for postgraduate studies or specializations before setting up a practice. However, there are a lot of students who break from the mould and practice for a couple of years before applying for higher studies. Common MBBS job preferences include.

  • Being employed with a hospital chain
  • Pursuing clinical research and academics
  • Setting up private practice
  • A career in Health Administration/Hospital Management

Medical Colleges in Germany FAQs

Q. Is it better to study MBBS in India or abroad?

A. Studying MBBS in India and studying MBBS abroad both have their pros and cons. Students would be required to weigh their options and choose the one that suits them best. This article provides a comprehensive explanation of the benefits of studying MBBS in Germany.

Q. Why study MBBS abroad?

A. The limited number of government medical seats clubbed with the high cost of studying at private medical institutions has led to a large number of Indian students wanting to study MBBS abroad.  

Q. Which is the country with the lowest cost of studying MBBS?

A. Again, China, Nepal, Ukraine, and Bangladesh are the cheapest countries to study MBBS abroad.

Q. What is the MCI FMGE test?

A. Candidates who have pursued their MBBS abroad and would like to return to India to practice would have to appear for the Medical Council of India (MCI) approved Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) exam.

Q. Is studying MBBS abroad worth it?

A. Studying MBBS abroad is a personal decision that should be made by the student. Studying abroad does have its benefits, which include state-of-the-art universities, world-class faculty, international exposure, and a globally recognized degree among others.  

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