MBBS in Germany is free of cost not only for German students but also for foreign students. This tuition-free MBBS is becoming more and more popular in international students. Because in developing and under-developing countries MBBS is extremely expensive. It’s even beyond the financial range of good middle-class families. That is the reason, parents want to send their children to Germany for MBBS.
German universities are offering a wide variety of medical programs. In total, approximately 37 German universities are offering different types of medical programs. German medical universities are also highly ranked in global rankings. That is also one of the attractions to study MBBS in Germany. Currently, around 14,887 foreign students are studying in different medical programs. This number is increasing year by year.
Language Requirements for MBBS in Germany:
Most of the German universities are offering MBBS in the German language. Because of its popularity in foreign students, now many universities are offering MBBS also in the English language.
MBBS in the German Language
A high level of language proficiency is required to enroll in a bachelor of medicine (MBBS). Normally it depends on the university to university but generally, universities demand minimum C1 level. Many international students have remained unclear about language requirements for MBBS. That’s why I will explain here the language proficiency requirements of ‘Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg‘ for your better understanding.
- Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang – DSH (German Language Test for International Applicants at German Institutions of Higher Education) with a proficiency level of DSH 2 or 3.
- Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache – TestDaF (Test of German as a Foreign Language) with a proficiency level of 4 or 5 (TDN 4 or 5) on all four parts. You can take this test at any of the numerous test centers throughout the world several times a year.
- Goethe Certificate C2
- Deutsches Sprachdiplom (German Language Diploma) of the Conference of the State Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs – level II (DSD II)
- telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule
- German Abitur or German as a native language
If you do not yet have one of these qualifications, you must have at least taken a language course at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages by the time you apply for admission. Please document this by submitting one of the following certificates with your application:
- a passing grade in a C1-level language course
- participation in a C1-level language course
- registration for an aforementioned language certificate
Please note: Submitting a certificate from the TestDaF or the DSH test or another equivalent language certificate (see above) with your application will increase your chances of being admitted to studies!
If you do not receive a certificate from your language course confirming your reference level on the Common European Framework or if you do not have any language certificates that clearly validate your proficiency level, you will have to take a placement test. If you are already in Freiburg, you can take it at the “Sprachenkolleg” or the Goethe-Institut. If you are still abroad, you can take it at a Goethe-Institute or one of the TestDaF Centers.
I think now with this example it will be easy for you to understand the language requirements to study MBBS in Germany.
MBBS in the English Language
Generally 6.5 or above IELTS band required to get admission to MBBS in Germany. As I mentioned, now only a few universities are offering MBBS in English. Still, it’s not very common in Germany. So better to check the language requirements of a chosen university in advance.
Here one important point that you need to understand is when you study MBBS in Germany in the English language, then it will be difficult for you to get a job in any German clinic or hospital. Because all the patients who come to hospitals will speak the only German-language and how you will handle them and prescribe the right medicines. It will be a risk if you will not able to understand them in their native language.
If you want to return to your home country after completion of MBBS then it can be a good decision to study in the English language. If you want to stay in Germany then you have to learn the German language and pass the state exams even after completion of MBBS in English. So in the end, we can say that it will be a better decision for international students to study MBBS in the German language.
Cost to Study MBBS in Germany:
MBBS in Germany is tuition-free. You will not pay for this course but you have to bear all your living expenses during your stay in Germany. Additionally, you also have to pay to learn the German language in case you don’t learn language from your home country.
How to Get Admission in MBBS in Germany?
Students have three possibilities to secure admission in a medical university.
- with 12th grade or intermediate certificate
- with A-levels certificate
- with two successfully completed years
12th grade or intermediate certificate
If you hold a 12th-grade certificate then you can take admission to MBBS via Studienkolleg. In this case, the admission path will be like this;
12 Grade > German language B2 level > Studienkolleg (M course) + German laguage C1 level > University entrance exam (Feststellungsprüfung) > Admission in MBBS
In case you hold A-levels certificate. Then you can skip Studienkolleg and take direct admission in MBBS. But you need German language skills up to the C1 level. For this case, admission path will be like this;
A-levels > German language C1 level > University entrance exam (Feststellungsprüfung) > Admission in MBBS
With two successfully completed years
If you are already studying MBBS in your home country and already completed two years of education then you can also take admission to MBBS in Germany. In this case, you will need language proficiency up to the C1/C2 level. Admission path for this option will be like this:
Two year of medical in home country > German language C1 / C2 level > University entrance exam (Feststellungsprüfung) > Admission in MBBS
Duration of MBBS in Germany:
The duration of MBBS in Germany is 6 years and 3 months. If you add language plus Studienkolleg then this duration will become approximately 8 years 3 months in total. 6 years of German MBBS consists of four main stages:
- Preclinical stage
- Clinical stage
- Practical year
- State Examination.
The duration of the preclinical-stage is 2 years or 4 semesters. It includes general concepts and topics of medicine. It ends with a final examination called examination for physicians or Ärztliche Prüfung.
The duration of clinical-stage is 3 years or 6 semesters. It includes core concepts and topics of medicine with full experience in the hospital environment. It ends with a second exam (Ärztliche Prüfung).
The duration of the practical year is 1 year and 3 months. In this final year, students experience real-life training sessions in hospitals. Students pass the final stage State Examination after the successful completion of the practical year.
Students become a recognized medical practitioner in Germany after the successful completion of the state examination. Finally, they get a medical license that is called Approbation or Berufserlaubnis. With this license, they can work as a complete doctor.
Admission and Visa Process for MBBS in Germany:
Follow these steps to get admission to MBBS in Germany and to get a student visa.
- Learn the German language
- Apply for Studienkolleg
- Get offer letter
- Book an appointment in a local German embassy or visit it personally (Details you can check the website of German mission present in your country)
- Open blocked account / get scholarship or funding
- Arrange documents as per embassy requirement
- Prepare interview
- Appear in the embassy on the appointment day
- Get visa
- Fly to Germany at the end
List of German Universities Offering MBBS Programs:
- Universität Freiburg (Freiburg University)
- Universität Tübingen (Tübingen University)
- Freie Universität Berlin (The Free University of Berlin)
- Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen Nürnberg (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)
- Uniklinikum Jena (Jena University Hospital)
- Goethe Universität Frankfurt (Goethe University Frankfurt)
- Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)
- Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Charité – University of Medicine Berlin)
- Justus Liebig Universität Giessen (University of Giessen)
- Ludwig Maximilians Universität München (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
- Martin Luther Universität Halle (Saale) (Martin-Luther-University Halle)
- Medizinische Akademie Erfurt (The Medical Academy Erfurt)
- Universitätsklinikum Magdeburg (Universitätsklinikum Magdeburg)
- Technische Universität Dresden (Technical University Dresden)
- Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg (Heidelberg University)
- Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (Hannover Medical School)
- Universität Lübeck (University of Lübeck)
- Universität des Saarlandes, Homburg (Saarland University)
- Philipps Universität Marburg (Philipps-University Marburg)
- RWTH Aachen University
- Universität Bonn (University of Bonn)
- Ruhr Universität Bochum (Ruhr-University Bochum)
- Technischen Universität München (Technical University of Munich)
- Universität Leipzig (Leipzig University)
- Universität Regensburg (University of Regensburg)
- Universität Rostock (University of Rostock)
- Universität Ulm (Ulm University)
- Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
- Christian Albrechts Universität Kiel (Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel)
- Universität Witten/Herdecke (Witten/Herdecke University)
- Universität zu Köln (University of Cologne)
- Universitätsmedizin Mainz (University Medicine Mainz)
- Universitätsmedizin Greifswald (Greifswald University Hospital)
- Universitätsmedizin Göttingen (University Medical Center Gottingen)
- Universität Muenster (University of Münster)
- Universität Duisburg-Essen (University of Duisburg-Essen)
- Universität Hamburg (University of Hamburg)
FAQs about MBBS in Germany:
The doctor’s (specialist) average salary is around 80,000 euros per year and the assistant doctor’s average salary is around 65,000 euros per year in Germany.
Winter Semester: Application deadline is 15th July
Universities send an acceptance letter in August or September.
Universities send rejection letters in September or October.
Summer Semester: Application deadline is 15th January
Universities send a letter of acceptance in February or March.
Universities send rejection letter in March or April.
The total duration of MBBS in Germany is 6 years and 3 months. If you also add language and Studienkolleg then this duration will become approximately 8 years 3 months in total.
The average dentist salary in Germany is 50,000 euros per year.
The following are the top 10 medical universities in Germany.
1) Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen
2) Free University of Berlin
3) Heidelberg University
4) Humboldt University of Berlin
5) Hannover Medical School
6) Technical University of Munich
7) University of Hamburg
8) University of Duisburg-Essen
9) University of Ulm
10) University of Munich