Germany is an ideal destination for pursuing medical post-graduation after completing your MBBS from India. The various aspects of post-graduate (PG) training in Germany are discussed in significant details below.
Why study in Germany?
If you are passionate about medicine but is failing to compete successfully in the tough NEET PG or AIPGMEE despite employing your best efforts, you need to move on. You can consummate your desire of becoming a qualified MD or MS by pursuing PG from a top-notch German medical college.
There are many advantages of studying in Germany.
Top 5 Benefits of studying in Germany?
1) Competitive Educational Fees
In Germany, most public universities have done away with the tuition fees for overseas students also. If you are pursuing Master programs, in most cases, you will have to pay only the annual administration charges along with semester fees. Prominent universities which fall in this category include Hamburg and Cologne universities. This drastically reduces your tuition related expenses.
2) Medium of Courses Offered is English
Although German is the native language but most universities offer courses in English to facilitate ease of learning for international students. Hence, being an Indian, you would not experience any language related issues inside university premise.
3) State of the art Pedagogic Infrastructure
The teaching methodology is world class with the emphasis being on bridging the gap between theory and practical. Cutting-edge research tools are available in well-equipped labs. Diversified faculty staff make the learning process more value added.
4) Degrees are Recognized Globally
Degrees awarded by German universities are recognized globally. All leading employers hire candidates who have earned academic credentials from Germany.
5) Opportunity of Staying Back in Germany After Course Completion
You can earn valuable international experience after completing your studies as German laws allows learners on study visa to stay back and engage professionally for a period of 18 months after course completion.
Is it worth doing your MBBS from Germany?
Yes, Germany is an ideal international academic destination for pursuing your medical degree. You will get to learn the intricacies of medicine at affordable fees.
In the recently released subject wise QS World University Rankings, 32 medical universities of Germany have found a place. This speaks volumes about the quality of education imparted and the international recognition enjoyed by students.
It takes a minimum of 6 years and 3 months for completing the medicine degree in Germany (MBBS with MD). ÄrztlichePrüfung or the state examination is the final assessment one has to pass.
What are the pros and cons of pursuing medical PG in Germany for an Indian?
If medicine is your passion but you are not able to crack NEET PG or AIPGMEE exam repeatedly, it is best to migrate to Germany for pursuing PG.
Numerous German medical universities offer the entire MD course free of charge. German Medical Council manages the affairs of such universities and you need to gain clarity about the system.
You can stay back in Germany after course completion and practice over there. After completing your PG in Germany, you can get work visas relatively quickly compared to other overseas locations.
You can pursue PG in Germany without requiring cracking any tough competitive entrance exam. If you pass the ‘TestDaf’ language exam, you can be assured of Residency. After passing the non-competitive ‘Kenntnisprufung’ test, your temporary medical license would be converted to permanent one.
Very few overseas students enrol in MD in Germany because of language problem. Hence, if you build your linguistic proficiency in English, you are always assured of a seat. You can also get the option of your choice (cardio, neuro, ortho etc.).
Cost of pursuing medicine is the lowest in Germany.
Each medical university has hospital in its campus which implies that you will get adequate scope of practical training. The university labs are equipped with cutting-edge medical equipment and technologies which make the learning process more value added.
From the second year of PG, you are allowed to take up part-time jobs. Also, the remuneration offered during PG course by universities can be as high as 30,000 euros. During your practising period, you may earn up to 50000 Euros per year. If you happen to stay back in Germany for 3 years after PG, you become eligible for Blue Card which offers permanent residency in Germany.
If you are not able to connect with a reliable, seasoned and learned overseas higher studies consultant, you may land in an institution with which you will lack compatibility. If your needs are not well-understood, your time will get wasted.
Most German universities don’t differentiate between Bachelor’s and PG level of studies. If you have decided to pursue PG directly, you may have to learn German language first as English medium colleges offer the complete program of 6.3 years only.
What are the pros and cons of living in Germany?
The cost of living in Germany is surprisingly low. You can easily afford basic necessities of life on a meagre income. German people are friendly and German society is safe to live in. Homes are well-constructed and are comfortable to live in.
Some German people are more reserved and they don’t allow others in their social circles. People are highly educated and hence you cannot criticize their opinions even if flaws are present. You can come across rigid people at times.
How to apply for medical PG in Germany?
In Germany, there is no competitive test for admission in Medical PG. However, before departing for Germany, you will have to take some preparatory steps that will span 6-8 months. In this period, you need to clear the German language’s A1 and A2 levels. You can enrol with an overseas educational consultant and avail of free training in German language.
The process of application for medical PG in Germany is:
- Start with learning German language for clearing A1 and A2 levels
- Secure your admission letter from a ‘Test and Language Learning’ centre approved by government to appear for TELC B2 and TELC C1. Clearing the standard C1 and B2 levels won’t be enough
- Upon reaching Germany, you can study the language till C1 level
- Next, you will need confirmed medical observer ship from a recognized German Hospital for pursuing PG. The hospital must have approval of German Medical Council. The period of initial observer-ship would be one month which will have to be extended to six months and more as required.
- To register yourself as a German Medical Practitioner, you need to fulfil the formalities of ‘Approbation System’ as stipulated by German Medical licensing authority.
- After completing the observer-ship, residency has to be managed by you. This is done after completing the ‘Approbation’ or licensing system.
- Once you complete a year of Masters in Germany, you are officially entitled for 18 months work permit.
- Approval for Residency will depend on your German language proficiency, letter of recommendation issued by the medical institution where you did observer-ship, and your successful clearance of ‘Kenntnisprufing’ exam.
What are pre-requisites and tests required for getting admission into medical PG in Germany?
- You need to develop your command over German language initially since during rotations, you will have to interact with patients directly. Before enrolment, you essentially have to clear A1 and A2 level of German language.
- Later, you have to appear for TELC B2 and TELC C1 linguistic proficiency exams. For this, you will require an admission letter from government approved language learning centre. Over here, you have to learn the language till C1 level.
- After this, you will require a confirmed observer-ship from a German medical university approved by the German Medical Council. Initially, this would be for 1 month which will later be extended up to 6 months.
- Next, you will have to appear in Approbation exam. This would require the verification of all documents certifying your academic credentials. This is done to understand if your prior educational qualifications are in sync with the German medical learning system. Upon passing the examination, you will secure the Approbation license. The exam is in viva form and the same is taken by a board of physicians in German language. You will be asked questions related to surgery, pharma, internal medicine etc.
- Now, you are ready to pursue your medical PG in Germany.
Some of the pre-requisites for getting admission in German PG are:
- Proficiency Certificate in German Language
- MBBS degree from MCI college in India
- Letter of recommendation issued by the German Medical institute certifying your successful completion of observer-ship
- Pass certificate in Kenntnisprufung exam
Can I get post Graduate medical training in Germany if I have cleared USMLE?
USMLE test results are applicable in USA. You need not appear in this competitive exam for pursuing your medical PG in Germany. You have to pass ‘TestDaf’ language proficiency exam for securing Residency. After you pass the non-competitive ‘Kennrnisprufung’ exam, your temporary medical license gets converted to permanent license for medical practice in Germany. You will get only 3 attempts.
How can I do medical PG in Germany without MCI?
For pursuing MD in Germany, you need not pass the screening test of MCI. However, German degree is not recognized in India.
How can a German medical degree secure residency training in Germany?
Approval for Residency training will depend on your German language proficiency, letter of recommendation issued by the medical institution where you did observer-ship, and your successful clearance of ‘Kenntnisprufing’ exam.
How do I get a medical residency spot in Germany as an Indian?
In India, you have to attend the A1 and A2 levels of basic German language training. Then, you will have to attend the B1 to C1 level of German language training after setting your foot in Germany. The German medical language training teaches aspirants how to communicate and interact with patients, hospital staff etc. You become proficient in using the language effectively for documenting, collect knowledge about diseases, understand work related instructions etc. You have to pass TelcMedizin B2-C1 certificate exam or “Fachsprachprufung” exam (in some states) before applying for Approbation.
You have to furnish all relevant documents to the authorities to ensure compatibility of your previous learning with eligibility criteria set by German Medical institutions. If your previous course of study conforms to the German medical education system, you are exempted from appearing in “Kenntnisprüfung” exam. Else, you have to appear in the exam and pass within 3 attempts to get your Approbation license. After this, you get to secure a medical residency spot in Germany.
If I complete medical training in Germany, can I be a doctor in other countries like Canada/USA?
Yes, the medical post-graduation degree offered by German universities is recognized globally (except in India presently) which implies that you can practice in countries like Canada and USA. These countries may require you to prove your proficiency by passing some internal assessment exams, though. Germany is a part of European Union and as such, you can practice anywhere across EU during PG and afterwards. German medical universities are recognized by WHO (World Health Organization) of United Nations, FAIMER (Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research), and ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).
Is the medical PG from Germany valid in India?
No. Medical PG from Germany was valid in India till 1980s since MCI (Medical Council of India) allowed registration of German PG degrees with it. MCI works on the principle of reciprocity. In 1985, Australia, Canada, Germany,Ireland,New Zealand, UK and USAhad revoked recognition of the PG degree awarded by MCI in their respective countries. Consequently, MCI also withdrew recognition of the medical PG degrees awarded by the universities of these countries. Since 2012, Germany has started welcoming doctors from non-EU states to practice on its soil. This has raised the hopes that MCI will start recognizing German medical PG degrees soon.
What is the duration for pursuing an MD/MS in Germany after an MBBS in India?
In Germany, medical programs are not categorized as Bachelors or Masters. Training in medicine takes 6 years for completion and the coursework is offered completely in Germany. Alternate PG programs in English are available in which you can enrol.
What is the expenses towards Medical PG in Germany?
The approximate expenses have been summarized below.
- Completing B1 language training program in Germany – 600 Euros (INR 47,400)
- Participating in language program TELC B2 and TELC C1 in Berlin or other cities separately – 4400 Euros (INR 3,47,594)
- Participation in Special Medical Terminology program – 1,500 Euros (INR 1,18,500)
- Registration in FSP exam and securing work permit- 1,000 Euros (INR 78,998)
- Enrolment in medical hospital in Germany- 2,000 Euros (INR 1,57,997)
- Language exam and Clinical Exit test cost – 500 Euros (INR 39,499)
- Aprobationship Service (This is optional) – 5,000 Euros (INR 3,95,000)
Tentative preparatory level expenses for pursuing MD in Germany would be 15,000 Euros or INR 11,50,000.
- Total fee of the Master’s program in Healthcare Management in Germany is approx. 12,300 Euros (INR 9,71,744)
- Cost of finalizing the observer-ship is 1,500 Euros (INR 1,18,500)
- Amount to be blocked in account in your name is 8,650 Euros (INR 6,84,000)
What is the medical PG in Germany cost?
The medical PG cost in Germany would be approximately INR 30,00,000.