Study Medicine in Germany – Medicine Study guide

This article aims to inform you about everything needed to be a successful applicant to a medical course at a university in Germany. We’ll focus on things like entry requirements, grades, exams, fees, the application process and so on.

  • The length of the course depends on what university you are applying to.
  • For example, Heidelberg University offers a 4-year long bachelor course whereas at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin it is three years long.
  • However, at both universities, it takes about 5 years to gain the Doctor of Medicine qualification, as the length of the master’s degree is only one year at Heidelberg University and two years at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
  • Every university and course in Germany requires you to be good at both German and English.


  • To qualify you will need to have German and international university entrance qualifications.
  • Your GPA should be about 1.0 or 1.1
  • For the master’s degree, you need to have a Bachelor of Science degree with a total of at least 180 ECTS- credits in Biology, Medicine or a related subject.
  • Furthermore, you will need to have very good German skills as well as English skills. You can prove your English skills by taking either the TOEFL or the IELTS test.


  • In general, the knowledge being tested is your understanding of the topic, as well as your motivation and performance in written tests.
  • For some of the entrance exams, you will need to understand German.
  • In most cases you will need to take this exam in person, meaning you will need to travel to Munich, to the Gene Center, where you will take the 90-minute-long written test on the topic of the subject you are applying for.
  • You will receive the results on the same day of taking it. Unfortunately, the expenses of these travels will not be covered.
  • To prepare for the exam most university websites have a guide and further information on what you need to know, as well as a list of topics and exam example questions and answers, to help you be successful in completing and passing this assessment.
  • Or you can attend the ‘Studienkolleg’ access course to help you prepare for the entrance exam you might have to take.


The application procedure may differ depending on what university you are applying for. In most cases, you will be
asked to provide

  • a copy of your passport
  • your education documents and grades
  • proof of language proficiency, as was mentioned earlier, and a motivation letter.
  • For some universities, the way to apply is through the university’s online application portal which can be found on their website.
  • And you will also need to send your application in through
  • For LMU Munich, as an international applicant, you will need to provide two applications.
  • One needs to be sent to the Department of Biochemistry and one to the International Office of LMU Munich.


  • The application deadline is usually mid-July, but some universities might require admissions to be completed by late March.


  • For non-EEA applicants, the bachelor’s degree costs £1,253 per semester and the master’s degree costs £5,911 per semester.
  • In some cases, the sum of your course fees might depend on the amount of ECTS points you have.
  • You can use Google to calculate your ECTS points.
  • To do this you will need to input how many hours a week you spent in lectures, how many hours a week you spend self-studying and how many weeks are in each semester. This will give you your ECTS points.
  • Depending on your country 1ECTS point can range between 25-30 hours.
  • The cost per 1ECTS point is £188 (225€), there might also be additional costs that will range from £33-£125 (40-150€).


  • The financial aid available depends on the university providing it.
  • In some cases, you might qualify to receive financial help if your family is on benefits.
  • Some universities also provide a one-off payment of £418, for books.
  • You could also qualify to receive £544 a month for a period of up to 4 months, this is for the students who are due to finish their degree in the year after applying for the grant.
  • If you aren’t yet at the end of your studies, you might qualify to receive £544 per month for up to ten months but you need to be at least 2 semesters into your course.
  • Lastly, in some cases, if you come from a lower to a middle-class family, have scored somewhere in the upper third on your bachelor’s degree and have also completed at least 2 years of professional experience, you might qualify for the DAAD Scholarship for Master of Science in International Health.

This concludes this article; we hope this helps you make the right choice on where you would like to study. If you feel like you would like more information, please check out our other articles on this topic, where we write about other countries and what is expected from international students in those. If you don’t find the country you are looking for, it will most likely come out in the near future, so look forward to that.

If you are considering studying abroad why don’t you discuss your prospects and opportunities with experts at Lurnable’s dedicated study abroad counselling division LurnPathways?

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