Admission to medical universities in Germany is competitive and restrictive. Medical education in Germany is free and the main admission requirements are high school diploma and German language skills. Only Master in medical studies are available in English language. There are admission restrictions for degree courses in medicine at all universities in Germany. When selecting applicants the universities can take into account not only the average mark of the qualifications entitling the applicant to go to university but also other criteria, for example grades in certain subjects, the results of an interview, a vocational qualification gained before applying to university, the student’s preferred university etc. What is also important is the waiting period for a university place.

University applicants from a member state of the European Union (EU), from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway or foreign nationals and stateless persons who have gained German qualifications entitling them to go to university (so-called “Bildungsinländer”) are treated as equal to German applicants and, like them, always have to apply via the Internet portal of the Foundation for Higher Education Admission (Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung).

All other international applicants for university places who fulfil the basic requirements for starting a degree course at a German university apply directly to their preferred university, which will also inform them about admission requirements for the degree course. Depending on the university, up to five percent of the university places are reserved for this group of applicants.

Medical education in Germany is integrated into a network of hospitals, universities, research institutes and business enterprises. Teaching, patient care and research therefore form an integrated whole from which everyone involved benefits – especially the students. 

German language skills

Medical study in Germany requires German skills. Students may prove German language skills by presenting a certificate issued for passing a DSH or TestDaF exam (after approx. 400 to 600 class hours), corresponding roughly to level B1 of the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages”.

Medical examination

To apply for student visa, the student must present a medical certificate. He may also be asked to present a health certificate when he wants to extend his resident permit.

Financial requirements

Most of the international students coming to study in Germany are self-financing students. Even if students in Germany are allowed to work, this is only permitted for a very limited number of hours during the out of session (vacation) period. This is not enough to be able to completely finance university studies. DAAD Scholarships allow some of international student to cover their expenses while studying in Germany.

For admission to medical preparatory course or medical university, the applicants must prepare the following documents:

• A secondary school-leaving certificate issued in your home country

• Proof of having passed the Deutschprüfung (DSH)/ TestDaF

• Application for university admission

• Students from some countries must additionally prove that they have passed the university entrance exam in their home country and/or have studied successfully in their home country for one or two years.