English Medicine in Germany
Conventionally speaking, the Medical Education in English language is NOT a typical option found in Germany.
Rather, due to its complex and competitive admission procedure, a lot of German (speaking) students have been studying medicine in other neighboring countries, such as Hungary, Poland, Latvia, as well as Italy (*one of the most popular destinations within Europe.)
Unless you read and speak highly fluent Deutsch, it is none of your easiest destination to study medicine “in English/German.”
However, in 2019, the University of Targu Mures has opened up its brand-new medical campus in Hamburg, Germany.
This UMCH offers its historical “meducation” in Hamburg for both German students and non-German students, meaning any non-EU applicants are equally welcomed and trained under the Bologna Process, which guarantees the uniformity and equivalency of higher education systems from different member states of European Union. Therefore, the students of UMCH study medicine “in English language” under the German Hostpial and Clinical settings around the country, not to mention more flexible and affordable opportunities around the entire Europe, such as in Romania.
Furthermore, the “non-German” speakers are guided by a number of in-house supporters, such as instructors, professors, and administrative staffs of the university, including German language classes that are arranged for at least 6 instructional hours every week. This “language-based” supports will enable any non-German speakers to have broader view on their future academic and professional careers within Germany, meaning that their residency application for German teaching hospitals are somehow more promising than the opportunities to be found outside Germany, which is one of the most popular destinations for Residency Programs around the entire continent.
Admission Tests include both Written Test(60%) and Interview(40%). The Written Test has 75 multiple choice questions and examines General Education(25 questions), Biology(25 questions), and Chemistry(25 questions). Meanwhile, the Interview examines the language skills, aptitude, and motivation of the applicant. Applicants are considered to be successful, once 50% of the test is correct and all “knock-out-questions” during the interview are answered appropriately (*veto criteria.) In case of the result is not successful, the applicant may request for a second interview, which may or may not be allowed after an official discussion by the exam committee of UMCH.
Looking decent and reasonable, right?
The only drawback is its mid-ranged tuition fee, which falls between those of US/UK medical schools and the Hungarian, Italian, and Spanish medical universities. In short, the annual tuition fee for the first two years of UMCH is about €25,000, which is only about 50% of what US/UK medical schools typically charge. However, if the students would like to opt out “cheaper” tuition fee, they can further continue their 3rd-6th year studies at the other campus of Targu Mures, Romania.
Still, this would NOT hurt the integrity and accreditation of their medical degrees at all. It is primarily because Romania is also a member state of European Union and guarantees the validity and equivalency of this diploma due to Bologna Process.
Also, the University of Targu Mures is one of the most actively engaging universities when it comes to Erasmus Program, which enables the university students to take 1 or 2 “student exchange” semesters around the European Union countries, regardless of the nationality of the students.
In other words, the students can opt out to study in any other affiliated medical university as “exchange student” while they still can pay for less tuition fee than its origin of UMCH campus by enrolling their 3rd through 6th year studies at Targu Mures campus.