GERMANY


ABOUT GERMANY and EDUCATION

Germany is Synonymous with Quality. This holds true even in the field of education. Most of the Universities or colleges are state funded. Merit is the only criteria for admission & there is no doubt about it. According to German law, universities are not permitted to discriminate against or grant preferential treatment to persons on basis of race, ethnic group, gender, or social class.

German universities have a quite good network with universities all over the world. Every year thousands of students have the opportunity to go abroad and spend some time in a different country, studying and living. This should be the same way for international students. Because of this, German universities and technical colleges try to provide enough university places for international students and they also make efforts to support them in many other questions concerning the time abroad.

The universities and the obtained graduate degree are well-known all over the world and show the future employer that the student had a firm basic education and also got further knowledge. At German universities the practical part of the studies has an important part to play. Internships have to be done in many programs of study and every professor recommends doing one. The big industry and especially the large cities provide many opportunities for these internships. One can absolve them in the most different kinds of disciplines and companies.

LOCATION

Germany officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central Europe. It is bordered to the north by the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea; to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic; to the south by Austria and Switzerland; and to the west by France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

AREA AND POPULATION

The territory of Germany covers 357,021 km² and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. With over 82 million inhabitants, it has the largest population of any member state of the European Union and is home to the third-largest number of international migrants worldwide.

ECONOMY

Germany is one of the most highly developed industrial nations in the world and, after the USA and Japan has the world’s third largest national economy. With a population of 82.3 million Germany is also the largest and most important market in the European Union(EU).

EDUCATION SYSTEM

Germany is a land of ideas. Education, science and research play a central role here. In a Europe free of borders and a world of globalized markets, education lays the basis enabling us to exploit the opportunities open borders and worldwide knowledge networks offer. Germany is one of the countries most preferred by foreign students, a hub of cutting-edge international research and a constant source of new patents.

Study Medicine in Germany

Studying medicine in Germany contains many barriers and challenges but also offers an outstanding opportunity for the future. The job doctor is a job which contains a lot of responsibility and in which one has to act responsible. Therefore, there are special barriers for the application and rules what has to be taught in the studies.

Medical studies in Germany underlie certain rules as for example the Medical Licensure. This document says that “basic knowledge, skills and capabilities in all subjects” that are necessary for an extensive medical treatment of all Germans have to be taught.

Depending on this document the entrance requirement for medicine study programs is the Abitur or an equal degree from other countries. Furthermore, there is a nationwide numerous classes, which is the average degree that has to be reached.

In addition to the average degree there is a third hurdle that has to be taken to get the place in the medicine program. The test for medical studies colloquially called “Medizinertest” is required from some universities. In this test knowledge, experience and general ability to study are tested. It has to be taken from the applicant at a place that is accepted from the university.

The studies itself take a minimum time of 12 terms and three months (terms in Germany last half a year) and is divided in two parts. The pre-clinical part and the clinical part. The first part gives necessary knowledge and theoretical backgrounds. The second part has its focus on the practical application. The second part also contains a one year internship, which gives insights into the stressful life of a hospital.It is also necessary to take practical experiences in the first part, for example short internships or nursing practice. There are two medical exams that have to be passed during the studies, both contain a written and an oral-practical part. For the medical admission and the doctor grade it is also necessary to do a graduation. This graduation lasts one to two terms in full-time studies or can also be done during the normal studies.

Because of the Bachelor and Master programs there are some differences between the programs. Some universities still keep the old system and do the studies as a whole. The two parts are done in one study program. Other universities have accepted the Bachelor and Master system and have changed their programs. The two parts can now be found in Bachelor and Master. With the Bachelor degree one is allowed to work in medical areas but not as a doctor. This change is quite new so it is not yet finally said which jobs can be done with Bachelor.

Overview of the general structure of undergraduate medical education in Germany

Basic science (2 years)

Clinical science (3 years)

Clinical year (1 year)

Requirements

Good German language skills are essential so that you can follow lectures held in German or talk to patients during your practical training. For reading the specialist literature, which is often in English, you need good English language skills, too. Knowledge of Latin, on the other hand, is not absolutely necessary. Studying medicine is very time-intensive and involves a lot of examinations - so you need comparatively high levels of personal resilience.

If you are interested in studying medicine, you should have excellent school marks in biology, chemistry and physics. In addition to a basic understanding of medicine and natural sciences, a good spatial sense and powers of observation, as well as communication skills are also important.

Students from non-EU-Countries

Non-EU students have to check, if their secondary school leaving certificate is acknowledged as equivalent to the German general secondary school-leaving certificate. If not they have to attend the so called Studienkolleg (a one year preparatory course) with an assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung). If the Applicants have already completed successfully a certain number of years in their native land (normally 1-3 Years), they could be exempt from the assessment test.