Medicine is one field of study which requires intense dedication, personal resilience and years of tireless practise. The role of a Doctor is that which entitles high responsibility, accountability and selflessness. The demand for medical professionals is very high not only in India, but also throughout the world. Even though we have hundreds of Medical colleges and institutions in India, students still opt to study MBBS in Germany at Bachelors and Masters Level. The main reasons for this are that; German being the leading developer of new medical technologies and equipments has the required infrastructure and research facilities for students studying Medicine. German Medical universities are often merged with chain of hospitals or research facilities or management institutions, this not only enables students to study MBBS in Germany but also practically learn patient care and carry out research parallel with their studies.
There are close to 35 state sponsored Medical Universities and 1 private medical institution in Germany. These universities have some 11,000 seats open each year of which 1,700 seats are reserved for foreign students. This means that the limited seats make the competition high among the International students. Below is a list of things that Indian students wanting to study MBBS in Germany need to have in place before applying:
- Excellent Academic records in 10th & 12th. Some Universities also prefer students with Advanced JEE.
- German Language requirement (B2/C1 level preferably) – TestDAF or DSH.
- IELTS (6.0 or above) or TOEFL (71-81) English proficiency exam compulsory.
- If you wish to study MBBS in Germany, than you must have completed 13 yrs of education. If not, you must have completed at least 1yr of Bachelor’s degree before applying.
- Excellent LOR and SOP letters are must.
- The Abitur level is equivalent to our high school certificate (HSC). Hence, if your HSC does not match the Abitur level of Germany, then you are required to join a bridge course called “Studienkolleg” until the requirements are met.
- TMS is an exam which some universities require and this helps to improve the overall score of a student.
- There is no tuition to study MBBS in Germany, only 50-250 Euros are charged as semester/administration fees (Exceptions to this rule is the Universities of Bremen, Lower Saxony, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt or Thuringia which charge upto 500 Euros).
- The cost of living could vary from 600 – 950 Euros/month with accommodation included.
After the completion of 6.5yrs of medical university study, a student is not awarded with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree unlike other programs in Germany. A degree in medicine generally concludes in a “Zweite Ärztliche Prüfung” (nation final exam for all doctors / state examination). After this exam, the student can apply for their “Medical Licence” and even start working as Assistant doctors.
To conclude the two dates a student needs to remember are January 15th and June 15th. These are the deadlines for summer and winter intakes of application. Don’t forget to login into http://www.uni-assist.de for more information about various universities where you can study MBBS in Germany and their respective application procedures and requirements.