MBBS in Germany is free of cost. That’s why studying MBBS in Germany is one of the best option for Pakistani students. Around 37 universities are offering MBBS and other wide variety of medical programs in Germany. Many medical universities in Germany are also top ranked across the globe.
A bitter truth to study MBBS in Germany is that: students require high level of German language proficiency. Some institutes are now offering medical courses in English. But German language proficiency is also required if students want to stay in Germany and interact with local patients. MBBS in English is mostly paid in Germany. Besides free MBBS, students also have to bear their living expenses during their entire stay in Germany.
Cost of MBBS in Germany:
German MBBS is affordable even with language and living expenses. By comparing it with other countries like UK, USA and Australia. If you compare it with Pakistan then I think it approximately cost same. MBBS in Pakistan cost approximately 40 to 45 thousand euros in a private college. But in Germany it cost approximately 50 to 55 thousand euros. In which students can save so much money by working part time.
German language upto C1 level cost around 3600 euros in Germany. Both Studienkolleg and MBBS are free. Living expenses from language learning to MBBS cost around 48000 euros. Calculation of this costs split like this:
German language fee: 600* euros per level
A1 to C1: 600 x 5 = 3000*
All Exam Fee: 600*
Living expenses: 6000* per year
Total duration: 1 year language + 1 year Studienkolleg + 6 years MBBS = 8 years
Grand Total: 3600+48000 = 51600* euros*approximately (cost of language courses and living expenses can be less of more in different cities.)
Students cannot work during their studies in Pakistan. But part time work is possible in Germany along with studies or in summer breaks. Students allowed to work 120 full and 240 half days in a year. Students can easily earn 4 to 5 thousand euros per year with part time job. That money students can save from above expenses. Which makes MBBS more affordable as compare to Pakistan.
There are three possibilities to take admission in MBBS in Germany.
1. With FSc/Intermediate Certificate:
If students want to study MBBS in Germany with Pakistani FSc (intermediate certificate). Then they have to study studienkolleg first. Studienkolleg is a foundation course and consist of two semesters. Students become eligible to take admission in a medical university after passing this foundation course and university entrance exam (Feststellungsprüfung).
Students choose ‘M’ course in studienkolleg to study further MBBS in Germany. University entrance exam is similar to NTS test in Pakistan. As mentioned above German language is also required to take admission in studienkolleg. Normal requirement is B1 but better to do C1. It will reduce your chances to fail in the exams.
FSc + German language upto B1 level + one year Studienkolleg (M course) + university entrance exam (Feststellungsprüfung)
2. With A Levels Certificate:
If students want to take admission in MBBS with A levels certificate. Then they need to make sure they studied one language, chemistry and two more subjects from Maths, Biology or Physics. Knowledge of German language is required upto C1 level. Each university has its own requirement. So better to check first university requirements. A levels students don’t have requirement of studienkolleg and university entrance exam. They can take admission directly after completion of language.
A Levels Certificate + German language upto C1 level
3. With Two Successfully Completed Years:
If a student already completed two successful medical years in Pakistan. Then he/she can also take direct admission in MBBS in Germany. But knowledge of German language is required upto C1 to C2 level.
Duration of MBBS in Germany:
Duration of MBBS in Germany is 6 years and 3 months. If you add language plus studienkolleg then it become approximately 8 years 3 months in total. 6 years German MBBS consist of four main stages: Pre clinical stage, Clinical stage, Practical year and State Examination.
Duration of preclinical stage is 2 years or 4 semesters. It includes general concepts and topics of medicine. It ends with final examination called examination for physicians or Ärztliche Prüfung.
Duration of clinical stage is 3 years or 6 semesters. It includes core concepts and topics of medicine with full experience of hospital environment. It also ends on second Ärztliche Prüfung.
Duration of practical year is 1 year and 3 months. In this final year students experience real life training sessions in hospitals. Students have to pass final stage State Examination after successful completion of practical year.
Students become recognized medical practitioner in Germany after successful completion of state examination. Finally they get medical license which is called Approbation or Berufserlaubnis. With this license they can work as a complete doctor.
List of Medical Universities in Germany:
- Universität Freiburg
- Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
- Christian Albrechts Universität Kiel
- Universität Tübingen
- Freie Universität Berlin
- Universität Erlangen Nürnberg
- Uniklinikum Jena
- Goethe Universität Frankfurt
- Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf
- Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
- Justus Liebig Universität Giessen
- Ludwig Maximilians Universität München
- Martin Luther Universität Halle (Saale)
- Medizinische Akademie Erfurt
- Universitätsklinikum Magdeburg
- Technische Universität Dresden
- Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg
- Universität Heidelberg
- Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
- Universität Lübeck
- Universität des Saarlandes, Homburg
- Philipps Universität Marburg
- RWTH Aachen University
- Universität Bonn
- Ruhr Universität Bochum
- Technischen Universität München
- Universität Duisburg-Essen
- Universität Hamburg
- Universität Leipzig
- Universität Regensburg
- Universität Rostock
- Universität Ulm
- Universität Witten/Herdecke
- Universität zu Köln
- Universitätsmedizin Mainz
- Universitätsmedizin Greifswald
- Universitätsmedizin Göttingen
- Universität Muenster
Getting Visa for MBBS in Germany:
To do MBBS in Germany, students have to take admission first in German language course to get visa. After completion of language course go for studienkolleg and then for MBBS.
If someone already completed C1 in home country. Then take direct admission in studienkolleg and apply for visa. After completion of studienkolleg take admission MBBS. In both cases blocked account is required to get visa. Further checklist for German student visa check here.
Yes MBBS is free in Germany.
MBBS is free in Germany but language and living expenses cost approximately 51600 euros. Read above article for details.
Duration of MBBS is 6 years and three months.
Yes, MBBS in Germany is much more affordable as compared to other countries like UK, USA and Australia.
Yes, some German universities are offering MBBS in English. But mostly these are paid. German language is also required if student want to stay in Germany.
Yes, study medicine is hard in Germany. Because it taught in German language.
Normal doctors in Germany can earn from 70,000 to 90,000 euros per year.
Yes, its valid in Pakistan and acceptable by PMDC.
Studienkolleg is a foundation course. It consist of two semesters. If your education is 12 years then with studienkolleg it will become thirteen years. Which is basic requirement to enter in German university.
Studienkolleg offered for different subject areas. For medical field studienkolleg offer M-course.
What is Ärztliche Prüfung?
Ärztliche Prüfung is the final examination for physicians at the end of each medical stage.
State examination is the final of MBBS to get medical license and practice as doctor in Germany.
Approbation or Berufserlaubnis is the name of medical license. Which doctors get in Germany after completion of MBBS.
Feststellungsprüfung is the university entrance test to get admission German university. It is similar to NTS test in Pakistan.
According to Anabin, intermediate certificate must show an overall grade of at least 50% of the maximum grade to take admission in foundation course. Then result of foundation course will lead you to medical studies.
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