The Complete Guide For MBBS in Germany

Are you now looking forward to becoming a doctor?

Are you planning to pursue your medical education at a university abroad?

Do you want to study medicine in one of the best universities in the world?

If your answer is yes, then how many options do you have? Very few. Right?

A few developed countries can provide the best medical higher education in the world.

One of those developed countries is Germany.

Yes, Germany, the country which:

  • Has world-class universities with a state-of-the-art medical infrastructure offering medical courses
  • Is highly recognized for its courses in medicine  globally
  • Have all its universities recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), United Nations Organization (UNO), and Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER)
  • Offers a significant amount of exposure and practical knowledge to its medical aspirants
  • Has highly qualified professors in its universities to teach medicine at par with the international standard
  • Provides almost tuition fees free medical education to international students as well.

Pursuing medical education at a university in Germany will also lead to many opportunities;

  • You could be eligible for a permanent residency in Germany after a couple of years of working
  • You can work in any of the European Union countries as your medical degree and license will be accepted across Europe.
  • You’ll be accorded with a globally recognized medical degree

Who would miss a chance of pursuing MBBS (medicine) in Germany going through these enticing benefits?

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Germany is one of the favorite study destinations for medical aspirants like you and has produced some brilliant medical practitioners who are proving all around the world that the high-quality education of Germany is worth it.

With so many benefits, who wouldn’t want to study medicine in one of Germany’s highly-esteemed universities, right?

But. But. But.

Just like you, there are thousands of medical aspirants who want to get into Germany’s world-class medical universities.

This has resulted in rigorous competition to get admission in Germany’s medical universities and colleges, students from all over the world want to get into those world-class German universities so that their future can be secure and bright.

There are almost 35 public universities in Germany that offer medical courses and around 80,000 medical students, with very limited seats for foreign students, and just like other courses, 5-10% of seats are allotted to international students to pursue medicine (MBBS) in Germany.

But don’t worry, you have KCR Consultants with you. We’ll guide you through your dream German medical education, and qualification to become an internationally qualified medical doctor, a qualification which is in India MBBS and many other countries. We’ll discuss the qualification process in the latter part of the article.

But before you make your next move, you need to be clear about a few basic questions that can arise in every medical students’ mind when you are planning your higher studies in medicine in a foreign country. You’ll be an international student and there are certain rules and regulations for each university in Germany.

Let’s discuss how you can study medicine (MBBS) in Germany and what are the prerequisites to pursue any medical courses in Europe‘s most recognized study destination.

Is MBBS free in Germany?

Germans believe that education is invaluable and shouldn’t derive commercial benefits.

So, their government introduced the policy for free access to higher education, which also ensured economic growth and welfare for all of its population.

This is the reason why many international students aspire to pursue medical studies, generally known as MBBS in India and many other countries,  in Germany.

The benefit of studying in Germany is that foreign students get a value of money, both in terms of time and education.

When you compare it with the expensive medical education in medical colleges and institutes in other foreign countries studying medicine in Germany will feel almost free to you!

The faculty and infrastructure in German Universities offering medical courses and hospitals are comparatively better than medical universities in any other foreign country.

Your entire medical course degree from a German university will cost you almost nothing in terms of tuition fees except the cost of a foundation course which is offered by a studienkolleg, privately owned or public-funded

Let’s discuss the details of your expenses pursuing medicine / MBBS in Germany.

cost of studying mbbs in germany

Cost of MBBS, medicine course in Germany

The cost of the Medicine course in Germany depends mainly on the cost of living for the entire duration of stay in Germany till you get licensed as a medical doctor in Germany.

In addition to that the cost of the foundation course that you may need to attend, depending upon your latest qualification while applying for a medical course in Germany.

For example, if your higher secondary qualification is an international qualification like an American IB or a Cambridge Diploma then you may be accepted directly to the medical course provided you meet other requirements.

You may qualify to apply for a medical course directly, with at least one year of University/college experience along with a national higher secondary school qualification issued by the central board (CBSE) of a state board of India.

With just 12th grade passed, you will be accepted to the course only conditionally need to attend a foundation (M) course and complete it successfully.

Let’s discuss these aspects separately.

Tuition Fees

As discussed above, a medicine course in Germany is offered free of cost in most of the 35 public-funded universities. If at all any university charge then that won’t be more than 1500.EUR per semester.

Don’t believe us check it yourself.

Basic Medical Science (Pre-clinical) Clinical Science Clinical Year Total
Year - 1 &2
Year - 3,4 &5
5 years
Tuition fee : Nil / 1500X4 EUR
Nil / EUR 1500 X 6
Nil / EUR 1500X10

If need to do foundation, there are two options;

  1. Learn German up to B2 Level, which costs EUR6250 (6 months).

Choose to attend the tuition fees-free foundation in a state-funded studienkolleg OR attend a foundation in a privately run studienkolleg by paying EUR 7500 for the entire two-semester courses.

2. Choose to attend a direct foundation course of just 12 months, starting with B1 level German language learning in an intensive mode, followed by 8 months subject-based M course along with German.

This course costs EUR.22900 in total, which includes 12 months of tuition fees + 12 months of hostel fees + 12 months of food allowances.

Isn’t this very low compared to MBBS/MD tuition fees in many other countries? 

Now apart from tuition fees, let’s discuss the other aspects of the 5 years of medical studies in Germany.

Attention: As you can see different years listed in the table above, we’ll discuss this in your next heading, so don’t get confused regarding this.

Living Cost during the medical course

Your living cost depends upon how you live and spend: you may stay on-campus of your German university or even off-campus.

Let’s discuss the cost if you live on / off-campus. Generally, your overall accommodation and food for your 5-year medical  course will cost you up to, approximately:

Hostel & Food Year - 1 Year - 2 Year - 3 Year - 4 Year - 5

To be able to study in Germany is a dream come true for many! Apart from that, living with a host family is a good way to know their culture and way of living.

And since studying in Germany and living within the university’s premises is very affordable, as an international student, you may face a lot of challenges as every aspirant wants to avail that option but the place is available only on a first-come-first-serve basis.

So only once you’ve received an admission letter from your university, you can apply for accommodation.

But don’t worry, you still have a few options, we at KCR Consultants will help you with every aspect related to your accommodation in Germany so that you have a hassle-free start to your new life experience.

If you wish, you may live off-campus.

So, check out the average monthly expense of living away from your medical university in Germany.

Average monthly expenses for students:

Rent and utilities € 325.00
Food and drink
€ 170.00
€ 48.00
Working/learning materials
€ 20.00
Travel costs (car and public transport)
€ 95.00
Phone, internet, TV
€ 31.00
Leisure, culture, sports
€ 61.00
€ 750.00

Note: These prices may vary according to your lifestyle, so you need to adjust accordingly while planning your budget for Germany.

This is just to give you an idea so you can prepare an estimated budget for yourself because everybody wants to take some time off from studies to refresh themselves.

If you want to handle these expenses on your own, you can choose to work part-time, this will help you handle all the expenses excluding tuition fees.

There are some other miscellaneous expenses that most of the students ignore, but KCR has you covered in every aspect.

Check out the other miscellaneous expenses: 

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Other Expenses

These other expenses include your Health insurance, medical costs, medicine, textbooks, Resident permit extension, exam fees, etc.

Health Insurance is one important thing you need to have compulsorily to stay in Germany while pursuing your medicine (MBBS) in Germany.

You won’t be allowed to pursue MBBS in Germany if you don’t have your health cover. Also, having one is not a harm in any way, you’ll unlock various health benefits in Germany and it will be very helpful studying away from home.

Your home health insurance is not valid in Germany and needs to pay EUR 80 a month for local health insurance in Germany till the age of 30, and EUR 160 a month after you are past 30. 

This concludes our expense section for your stay in Germany while you work for your medical qualification to become a medical doctor (MBBS) in Germany.

We hope it will be easy for you to plan a budget now.

How many years is MBBS in Germany?

As mentioned in the above section we’ll discuss the duration of the MBBS in Germany.

We guess you might have a slight idea of how much time it will take to complete the medicine program in Germany from the tables that were listed in the cost segment of MBBS in Germany.

Now let’s discuss that.

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The time duration for a regular MBBS / medicine in Germany is 5 years plus 1 year of internship or house surgency which is up to the student, but one will qualify for the final licensing examination after one year of the successful completion of the 5 years of medical course in a German university.

But. But. But.

Being a non-German you need to have a firm hold in the German language because MBBS / medicine courses in Germany are taught mostly in the German language.

The German language preparatory course(only if you didn’t take a German language proficiency test before coming to Germany) will add a year to your total time duration. Thus taking the total course duration to 7 years.

But once you complete this time duration of your MBBS in Germany, you’ll unlock all the gates of opportunities in the medical field all around the globe.

If you come under the catery of students who need to attend a foundation course prior to the medical studies, then the duration could be 6months (for the German language) + 1 year (foundation course) + 5-year medical course + 1 (licensing examination preparation/internship/house surgency).

In the case of a fast track intensive course of language and foundation then – 1 year (language & foundation) +5year medical course + 1-year licensing examination preparation.

Leaving aside the language and preparatory stage in Germany, the medical program in Germany  is divided into four stages, let’s discuss them one by one:

Stage 1: Pre-clinical section 

Once your basic German language course is complete, you can begin your education for MBBS in Germany. This stage includes 2 years or 4 semesters of your basic medical course.

Being the elementary stage of your medicine course, you’ll be introduced to basic but important concepts and topics regarding human anatomy and other related fields of study that’s why it is termed as the Pre-clinical stage of the MBBS course.

Apart from that, you’ll be also taught all the basic terminologies required for your entire degree, you’ll be made aware of what do’s and don’t you have to follow as a medical aspirant.

After the basics are taught, at the end of this stage, there will be an exam known as Ärztliche Prüfung or Examination for Physicians (the first licensing examination) – which you have to clear.

Stage 2: Clinical stage

It is an upgrade from the previous stage, you’ll become more professional as a medical expert during the whole duration of this stage.

This stage will lead you to your second round of Physician’s examination test and it will last up to 3 years from your 5th semester.

This is the core stage of your medical studies in Germany, you’ll be taught the important concepts and topics with plenty of hospital visits to get practical experience. If you want to be specialized in any one field of medical education, you can opt for that in this stage.

This stage will nurture you for the actual hands-on experience that you’ll experience in stage three.

Stage 3: Practical year

You can term this stage as an internship. This stage is for 1 year given to prepare for the third and final licensing (Physician)  examination.

Most of the graduates used to work under a supervisor to gain real experience and exposure to hospital settings and medical practice, you can do the same.

Besides gaining a lot of experience for your career in the future, the knowledge and skills gained will help you attend the final licensing examination successfully.

Stage 4: State Examination and Approbation

Approbation/state examination of medical students consists of the above-mentioned three-stage examinations. After passing the 3rd stage and final licensing examination, a medical graduate will be called a Medical Doctor or Physician in Germany.

Those who do a thesis or dissertation will gain the title of

A very few smart students choose to do the thesis or dissertation in the 3rd or 4th year. Those who follow this will have the title upon getting licensed as a medical doctor.

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What is MBBS called in Germany?

There is no specific name for medicine courses in Germany like MBBS or MD in other countries.

But people sometimes call the aspirants by the name ‘Medicine students.’

As a foreign student you have a golden opportunity to become a medical professional in Germany that too at very minimal expense, you just need good grades and good hold in English and German language.

We at KCR Consultants are motivated to help you achieve your dream of studying medicine in Germany and become a recognized medical practitioner in Germany.

Now, we’ve arrived at the most intriguing question ever Indian medical student may have:

Is NEET required for MBBS in Germany?

We have saved the best question for the last.

This is one of the important and most asked questions by Indian aspirants who want to pursue their medical studies / MBBS in Germany.

Passing NEET is highly recommended as a NEET test passed is the evidence that you will be in a position to show to anyone / anywhere that you have already proved that you are qualified to study medicine in your own country.

The significance of the NEET test to be attended and passed prior to your medical study abroad is that in case you wish to return to India, your home country, and wish to practice medicine in a hospital in India, you will not be considered qualified to sit the Indian licensing test (screening test) conducted by the Medical Council of India (MCI) unless you are able to provide a NEET test passed certificate. In addition to that, you would have attended the said NEET test before you have started your medical course abroad.

You’re just one step away now

You want to pursue your higher medical education at a world-class university.

We hope this piece of information will help you to assess your desire to pursue your medical studies in a high-quality German university.

We all are aware that Germany has an excellent healthcare system that has produced some world-class doctors over the past decades. This is your opportunity to be a part of German’s top-notch medical university. 

And now you know how you should do a medical course in Germany.

So, get in touch with KCR Consultants to kick-start your journey of becoming an excellent professional doctor from one of the best medical schools in Germany.

If you still have any doubts regarding MBBS in Germany, you should not hesitate to contact KCR CONSULTANTS so we can solve your doubts as soon as possible.

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