MBBS in Germany is free of cost. That’s why doing MBBS in Germany is one of the most incredible options for Pakistani students. Approximately 37 German universities offer MBBS and other wide variety of medical courses such as human medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy. Various medical universities in Germany are also highly ranked across the globe.
A harsh fact to study MBBS in Germany is that students need a high German language proficiency level. Presently some institutes are offering medical programs in English. But German language proficiency is required if students want to stay in Germany and interact with local patients. MBBS degree in English is mostly is not tuition-free 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 after comparing it with other countries like the UK, the USA, and Australia. If you compare it with Pakistan then I think it approximately cost the same. MBBS in Pakistan costs 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 half of the amount by working part-time.
German language up to C1 level cost around 3600 euros in Germany. Both Studienkolleg and MBBS are free. Living expenses from language learning to MBBS cost around 48,000 euros. Calculation of these 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 semester breaks. Students allowed to work 120 full or 240 half days in a year. Students can easily earn 4 to 5 thousand euros per year with a part-time job. These part-time earnings help students to save some money and fulfill all the above-mentioned expenses that make MBBS more affordable as compare to Pakistan.
Scholarships for MBBS in Germany
Generally, there are no direct scholarships available to study MBBS in Germany. But if you still want to get a scholarship to study MBBS in Germany then you can check the following scholarship portals:
There are three possibilities to take admission in MBBS in Germany.
1. With FSc/Intermediate Certificate:
Suppose students desire to study MBBS in Germany with a Pakistani intermediate or FSc certificate. Then they have to attend Studienkolleg first. Studienkolleg is a one-year foundation course (consists of two semesters). Students become eligible to apply for admission to a medical university after passing this one-year foundation course and university entrance exam (Feststellungsprüfung).
Students choose ‘M course’ in Studienkolleg to study further MBBS in Germany. The university entrance exam is similar to the NTS test in Pakistan. As mentioned above, the German language proficiency is also needed to take admission to a Studienkolleg. The 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 get admission to MBBS (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or pharmacy) with an A-level certificate. Then they need to make sure they studied one language, plus three of the following subjects; mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics.
Knowledge of German language is required up to the C1 level. Each university has its own requirements. So better to check first university requirements. A-level students don’t require studying the Studienkolleg but they have to attend the university entrance exam (Feststellungsprüfung). After the completion of the language and test, they can take admission in MBBS.
A-Levels Certificate (language subject + plus three of the following subjects; mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics) + German language up to C1 level + university entrance exam (Feststellungsprüfung)
3. With Two Successfully Completed Years:
If a student already completed two successful medical years in Pakistan. Then he can also take direct admission in MBBS in Germany. But knowledge of German language is required up to C1 to C2 level.
Duration of MBBS in Germany:
The complete duration of MBBS in Germany is nearly six years and three months. If you combine the language course duration and Studienkolleg duration, it becomes approximately eight years three months. Six years of German MBBS consist of four stages: Pre-clinical-stage, Clinical-stage, Practical year, and State Examination.
The duration of the pre-clinical 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 a hospital environment. It ends with a second exam ‘Ärztliche Prüfung’.
The duration of the practical year is 1 year and 3 months. In the final year, students experience real-life practice sessions in hospitals. Students have to pass the final stage State Examination after the successful completion of the practical year.
Students become approved medical practitioners in Germany on successful completion of the state test. Finally, they get a medical license which is called Approbation or Berufserlaubnis. With this medical license, they can work as a complete professional doctor.
MBBS Admission Requirements:
You need the following documents in order to apply for admission in MBBS:
- German language proficiency certificate. Minimum B1 level, if you want to start with Studienkolleg. Minimum C1 level, if you want to take direct admission with A-levels or after completion of two years of MBBS in Pakistan.
- Previous educational documents such as Matriculation and Intermediate Certificate. (Get attested both certificates from the concerning boards and IBCC.) If you want to apply for admission after completing two years in Pakistan then additionally get attested your two years MBBS transcripts from HEC.
- Motivation letter
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:
After getting admission, open a blocked account and deposit 10,332 euros in it. Also, get a visa appointment in the German embassy or consulate. Once you complete these two steps, then arrange the following documents in order to apply for a student visa:
- Admission letter/Offer letter/University acceptance letter
- Attested educational documents
- Proof of your language skills
- Blocked account/Sponsor/Scholarship
- A valid Passport
- Visa application form
- Biometric picture
- Your curriculum vitae
- Letter of motivation
- Travel health insurance
Appear in German embassy/consulate on the day of visa appointment. Submit all the above-mentioned documents and give a visa interview. When the embassy will issue your visa then fly to Germany and start your medical studies.
FAQs about MBBS in Germany:
Yes MBBS is free in Germany.
MBBS is free in Germany but the language and living expenses cost approximately 51600 euros. Read the whole article for details.
The complete duration of MBBS in Germany is roughly six years and three months.
Yes, MBBS in Germany is much more affordable as compared to other countries like the UK, the USA, and Australia.
Yes, some German universities are offering MBBS in English. But mostly this MBBS is paid. The German language is also required if a student wants to stay and work in Germany.
Yes, study medicine is hard in Germany. Because it taught in the German language.
Normal doctors in Germany can earn from 70,000 to 90,000 euros per year.
Yes, it’s valid in Pakistan and acceptable by PMDC.
Studienkolleg is a foundation course. It consists of two semesters. If your country’s university entrance qualification is 12 years then it is necessary for you to study Studienkolleg. It will make your education thirteen years that is the basic requirement to enter a German university.
Studienkolleg offers different subject areas according to the professions. M-course is offered for medical courses.
Ärztliche Prüfung is the final examination for physicians at the end of each medical stage.
The state examination is the final exam of the MBBS. Medical students get a medical license after this exam.
Approbation or Berufserlaubnis is the name of the medical license that doctors get in Germany after completion of MBBS.
Feststellungsprüfung is the university entrance test. It is similar to the NTS test in Pakistan.
According to Anabin, an intermediate certificate must show an overall grade of at least 50% of the maximum grade to take admission in a foundation course. Then the result of the foundation course will lead you to medical studies.
German MBBS at a Glance:
- MBBS in Germany is tuition-free.
- You require money to bear your living expenses during studying MBBS in Germany.
- You can only study it in the German language.
- Higher German language proficiency required.
- You can practice as a doctor in Germany immediately after the completion of your MBBS.
- You can apply for a Permanent Residency after working for 3 years as a doctor.
- Its duration is 6 years and 3 months.