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Why study at a medical college in Germany?

Germany has an excellent reputation for medical education, with more than 30 different medical colleges offering programs across the country.
Germany medical programs are offered in two parts – the first couple of years cover theoretical medicine and topics like biology, anatomy and chemistry, before moving onto clinical training with specialisations in subjects like surgery and radiotherapy.
You should expect your medical college to offer programs lasting between 5-6 years, with lessons taught in German. Your medical qualification will be accepted in all EU countries, although non-EU countries may differ.

What medical programs are offered in Germany?

You can study a full range of medical programs in Germany, from physiotherapy to pharmacy. Almost all programs are taught in German and you will be asked to prove your language proficiency before being accepted onto a program. This can be done through either the Deutsche Sprachprufung fur den Hochschulzugang (DSH) or the Test DaF.

No pre-medical study is necessary in order to be accepted onto an undergraduate medical program at a German university.

Immigration and visas in Germany

EU citizens are permitted to study at a medical college in Germany without a visa providing they can demonstrate the following:

  • You are studying for more than three months
  • You have sufficient income or savings to support yourself during your studies
  • You are enrolled at an approved or accredited institution
Non-EU students will need to apply for a student visa (studentenvisum), which will normally be issued for an initial three month period before being extended on arrival. You cannot come to study in Germany on a tourist visa. A certain number of places are reserved for non-EU students each year.

What are the costs of studying at a medical college in Germany?

German tuition fees are considerably lower than many other countries in the EU, with most charging a maximum of €500 per semester. This fee applies to German and EU nationals only, with non-EU students facing international fees.

Working in Germany

Germany is one of wealthiest and largest countries in Europe, putting in a prime position to be one of the world’s major economies. Despite the recession, the German economy remains relatively strong and the job market is robust.

Being proficient in the German language is a necessity for working in Germany. EU medical students are able to live, study and work in Germany   freely both during and after completing their program at a medical college.

What to do next

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