In 2021, Germany remains one of the most popular study destinations in the world. And it’s not at all surprising!
German universities are consistently among the top academic institutions in Europe, and they offer state of the art facilities and on-campus accommodation. And almost all public universities offer free degrees to all international students, including those interested in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Medicine.
Let’s take a closer look at the English-taught medical schools in Germany and see if they meet your expectations.
How many English-taught med schools are there in Germany?
According to the ‘Study in Germany’ website, there are no dedicated med schools in Germany per se, but there are Medical faculties or departments in other universities that offer studies in Medicine.
Currently, there are over 30 such Medical faculties in Germany.
How do I know if a Medical degree is taught in English?
Well, the answer to this question is simple: you simply need to check the language requirements for the study programme in which you’re interested.
If English is enough, you’ll be asked to show proof of your proficiency. If German is also needed, it should be listed there, together with other university admission criteria. Whenever you have doubts, don’t hesitate to contact the university directly and ask for clarifications.
On our portals — Bachelorsportal, Mastersportal, PhDportal — we only list degrees that are taught in English, and you can quickly check out the English language requirements on the individual page of each study programme. Here’s an example:
However, on individual university websites, you will find many Medical degrees that are taught in German. You might wonder why; it’s because if you graduate from a German med school and decide to become a doctor here, it’s only natural that:
- you speak the local language
- you know all the essential medical terms
- you are able to communicate with your patients
If your mind is set on studying Medicine in Germany, you can start learning the language independently or with a private tutor. Here are a few free resources to get you started:
The best English-taught med schools in Germany
According to the QS rankings by subject, these are the top German universities that offer Medical programmes:
- Heidelberg University
- LMU University
- Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
- Technical University of Munich
- Hamburg University
- Goethe University Frankfurt
- University of Tübingen
- Freiburg University
- University of Göttingen
- Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
To view the full offering of (Medical) degrees, we recommend that you visit the official website of each university.
You can also check out the Times Higher Education ranking with the best med schools in Germany.
Becoming a doctor in Germany
It will normally take you 6 years and 3 months to complete a Medical degree in Germany. This period can be split into several stages:
- First stage of studies: 4 semesters (2 years) followed by the first 3 sections of the state examination
- Second stage of studies: 6 semesters (3 years)
- Practical year (PJ): complete one year of practice at a German hospital or a clinic
- State examination: pass the second and final state examination, after which you receive your licence to practise medicine in Germany