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.
To study MBBS in the German language
To enroll in a bachelor of medicine (MBBS), a high level of language proficiency is required. Normally it depends on the university to university but generally, universities required minimum C1 level. For a clear overview of language proficiency, I will share the example requirements of MBBS offered by Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.
- 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 with this example; now it will be easy for you to understand the language requirement to study MBBS in Germany.
To study 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; even you study MBBS in Germany in the English language, you cannot get a job in any German clinic or hospital. Because all the patients who visit German hospitals will speak the only German language. Then how you will handle them and prescribe them medicine. It will be a risk if you will not able to understand them in their native language.
So, MBBS in English will good only in one case, if you want to return to your home country. 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 conclusion, we can say that; better to go for MBBS offered in the German language.
Cost to Study MBBS in Germany:
MBBS in Germany is tuition-free. You don’t need to pay for anything. But you have to bear all your living expenses. Additionally, you also have to pay to learn the German language.
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?
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
With A-levels certificate
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 successful completed year
If you are already studying MBBS in your home country and complete two years of education. Then you can also take admission in MBBS in Germany. In this case, you also need language proficiency up to C1 / C2 level. Admission path 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 it becomes approximately 8 years 3 months in total. 6 years of German MBBS consists of four main stages:
- Pre clinical 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 also ends on second 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 have to 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:
Follow these steps to get admission to MBBS and then student visa.
- Learn the German language
- Apply for Studienkolleg
- Get offer letter
- Book appointment in local German embassy or visit personally (check the website of German missions present in your country)
- Open blocked account / scholarship / funding
- Arrange documents as per embassy requirement
- Prepare interview
- Appear in the embassy on the appointment day
- Get visa
- Fly to Germany
List of Universities Offering MBBS Programs:
- Universität Freiburg
- 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 Leipzig
- Universität Regensburg
- Universität Rostock
- Universität Ulm
- Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
- Christian Albrechts Universität Kiel
- Universität Witten/Herdecke
- Universität zu Köln
- Universitätsmedizin Mainz
- Universitätsmedizin Greifswald
- Universitätsmedizin Göttingen
- Universität Muenster
- Universität Duisburg-Essen
- Universität Hamburg