Studying medicine in Germany can be a life-altering experience that will profoundly reshape your intellectual potential, future career goals and emotional satisfaction. But making this significant financial commitment requires extensive consideration of application procedures, costs of enrollment and future prospects.
Germany’s medical programs are taught exclusively in German, thus necessitating an excellent command of German. The German academic system comprises six years of instruction, clinical practice and internships followed by the State Exam (Staatsexamen). Students who pass this examination receive a medical license valid across Germany.
Due to strong competition for spots in medical studies in Germany, university admissions can be extremely competitive. With more applicants than available seats available for study in medical programs, admission into these programs must follow a centrally restricted admissions policy called numerus clausus for smooth transition into their programs.
Prospective medical students in Germany must satisfy several requirements, including meeting a minimum GPA after graduating high school (Abitur) and passing the TMS or Medizinertest; similar to MCAT exams, some universities use it as one of their admission criteria.
Baden-Wurttemberg recently reinstated tuition fees for non-EU students enrolled at public universities, prompting those hoping to study medicine in Germany from outside of the EU to consider additional higher education fees as they consider study options there from outside. Most other states charge semester fees instead that cover administrative and enrolment expenses.