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Where to Study Medicine in Germany

Studying medicine in Germany is very popular among international students. Med school opens a lot of employment opportunities both in the country and abroad.

Why Study Medicine in Germany

Germany, as its population is getting older, needs many medical practitioners. Moreover, according to the annual Salary Atlas, senior professionals in the medical industry have the highest earnings in Germany, with an average salary being over EUR 200K per year.

Bonus: studying medicine in public institutions is generally tuition-free for both German and international students, aside from a semester contribution to be paid twice a year (about EUR 200 to 300). 

Tuition fee is paid in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg (around EUR 1500 per semester) and at the private institutions.

Things to Keep in Mind

Sounds exciting? Well, becoming a doctor in Germany may be extremely challenging, too.   

Unlike Dentistry, medical education in Germany is not integrated into the Bachelor/Master system. It is a structured degree course regulated by federal regulations on medical registration, similar to all universities that offer medical education.

In Germany, young people apply to a med school straight after high school and have to go through a very competitive and complex selection process of admission. Those who got enrolled, spend six years training in the specific medical field. After that, they take the state exam (Staatsexamen) that allows them to practice medicine and spend up to another 6 years in practical training.

Since all medical studies are in German, international students need to demonstrate their good knowledge of the German language, excellent grades in school certificates, especially for chemistry, biology, and maths, and meet all the university-specific criteria. Candidates may need to go through a preparatory course (Studienkolleg) before applying.

In Germany, public universities provide the majority of medical education (there are 39 of them). Certain federal laws govern all medical studies at public institutions, impacting course structure and application procedures. Students generally require excellent GPAs to get admitted to one of Germany's public institutions.

Universities in Germany collaborate with certain hospitals for the practical training of their students. The 32 university hospitals are some of the most significant places in Germany for medical students to share theory and practice. It may prove useful to learn more about the university hospital cooperating with the university you are planning to study in before applying. 

Top-10 German Universities for Studying Medicine

Some of the German universities that offer medical education rank high in the QS World Universities Ranking, the Shanghai Ranking, and THE World University Ranking.

1. Heidelberg University

This oldest university in today’s Germany, it comes out on top in all three rankings. It boasts many Nobel laureates, four of which are in medicine, and is one of the five biggest universities in the country (over 4000 students enrolled in all medical programs).

2. Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Dating back to 1710, the hospital was originally built in response to a plague epidemic in Eastern Prussia. As a result of mergers with other medical institutes in Germany, the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin became one of the main medical centers in Europe and the largest in Germany (more than 8000 enrolled students).

3. LMU Munich

LMU has drawn inspired academics and bright students from all over the world since its establishment in 1472. Its Medical Center is the most prominent and largest of its type in Germany, second only to the Charité in Berlin.

4. University of Tübingen

The Faculty of Medicine is one of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen's four founding faculties. It is one of the major medical training and research institutes in Baden-Württemberg and includes non-clinical facilities as well as a research and teaching area, corresponding to the organizational components of the University Hospital.

5. University of Hamburg

Numerous multidisciplinary initiatives in a wide variety of topics are underway at the university, and it has a large network of regional, national, and international partners. Other successful research fields include Neurosciences, Infection Research / Structural Systems Biology, and Health Economics, in addition to the four clusters of excellence.

6. University of Freiburg

The fifth oldest university in Germany, it has earned its reputation as one of Germany’s elite universities worldwide. The Medical Faculty contributes to the medical treatment for the public in close collaboration with the Medical Center.

7. Technical University of Munich

TUM School of Medicine, together with the university hospital, is one of Germany's most powerful medical research institutions, winning international acclaim for its achievements.

8. Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main

Goethe University Frankfurt, ranked among the top worldwide research institutions, provides a varied range of academic programs, a diversified group of research centers, and a diverse range of extracurricular activities.

9. University of Bonn

The University of Bonn is now one of the world's most prestigious research institutions. It has about 35,000 students and 4,500 academic staff, as well as strategic relationships with 70 institutions across the world.

10. University of Würzburg

For the benefit and in the interests of the patients, modern medicine is taught at the Faculty of Medicine, in collaboration with the University Hospital and academic teaching hospitals, based on the current state of the art in research.