Study In Germany

What is Studienkolleg ?

If you have decided or are looking to do your bachelors in Germany, then you must know about the Studienkolleg. In contrary to German schooling system, which demands for 13 years of compulsory schooling ending with Abitur certificate, the schooling system of Nepal is of 12 years. So the german universities do not consider the Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (+2 degree, PCL) of our home country to be equivalent to their Abitur. Thus the concept of Studienkolleg (also known as Bridge course or preparatory course) came up to let foreign students do remaining one year of schooling. The studienkolleg courses are in German language so the students are expected to have some knowledge of German language. Studienkolleg is an opportunity not only to learn and extend the language skill but also prepare the students for the universities. It provides an excellent chance to understand German culture and system.

If you have 13 years of education (intermediate of nursing, intermediate of engineering, A level etc), then your degree is equivalent to the German Abitur. In that case you can directly join german universities without studienkolleg. You may still need to prove your german language proficiency, if your course of study is in German. At the end of the studienkolleg you have to pass an assessment test (“Feststellungsprüfungs“ a.k.a FSP) to get an access to German universities. This is a short from for “test to determine the suitability of foreign student applicants for admission to study at universities in the Federal Republic of Germany“.

In Germany there are two groups of higher education institutes, one includes university of applied science (Fachhochschule) and other includes universities and technical university. The assessment tests (FSP) for admision to Fachhochschulen (universities of applied sciences) and Universitäten (universities) differ. If you pass the assessment test for Fachhochschule, you are only entitled to study at a Fachhochschule, not at a university. And the assessment test only qualifies you to study a subject from a specific core subject area: Those who have qualified in the field of economics and business cannot later register for a course in engineering or arts and humanities.

History of Studienkolleg

In the fifties, as the number of foreign student in Germany rapidly increased, it was noted that they had difficulties not only with the German language, but also often in the technical and methodological area. Thus an idea was developed to give not only the language but also technical instruction in German to help young people to enter into the course of study and thereby shortening the study period.

Focus courses Depending on whether you are seeking a degree to a fachhochschule or university, there are different priority courses.
The following courses are taught at universities:

The courses taught at universities of applied science (fachhochschule) are as follows:

Requirements to join Studienkolleg

Knowledge of German

Even if you want to improve your Germany language knowledge in Preparatory College, a certain German language level is expected at the beginning. You should prove your Germany language knowledge with a certificate Grundstufe II/III (after about 400-600 course hours), this certificate corresponds to the level B1 according to the ` Gemeinsamen europäischen Referenzrahmen für Sprachen´´. Some colleges even require the successful completion of Intermediate I (B2). What knowledge at your study place requires, please inquire directly with the college.

The entrance examination

Having a German proficiency certificate doesn´t guarantee you a seat in a Studienkolleg. You have to prove your skill for the Studienkolleg with an entrance examination. The structure of tests can vary depending on Higher education Institutes where you have applied. German language skill will be tested everywhere, but the tests of other subjects may or may not be included.

Course of study:

Number of subjects: 5 to
Weekly hours: 28 to 32
As Student you are obligated to the presence during entire instruction and to the participation in the regular written and oral performance assessments. The course usually takes one year (two semesters). At the end of the course the statement examination (feststellungsprüfung) takes place. In justified cases you can repeat each semester once, so that the maximum length of stay in college is two years.

Tip: Students with excellent performance in the 1st Semester may be allowed after one semester to the assessment test.

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Bachlor Studies

Most of the students, who intended to study bachelor in Germany have to study in German language. After studying German language for few months in Nepal, one should further study German language in Germany too. According to German education system, one is eligible to apply for University after completion of 13 years of schooling. As in Nepal, there is only 12 years of schooling, the students at first need to join bridge course after learning German language for few months in Germany. According to German rule, student intended for bachelor study must enroll in a university within two years of arrival in Germany. Otherwise, they will be forced to leave Germany. In general, time period of Bachelor study is about 3 to 3.5 years (depending on courses); however, it takes more than 5 years to study Medicine. Calculating all these time, it takes at least 4 to 5 years to complete bachelor in Germany (Medicine even more). Thus, I prefer to enlighten prospective student about all these before proceeding for application.

But in case of the applicants having 13 years of schooling, as in case of one doing intermediate in engineering (I.E), Nursing (I.N.), Lad technician, I.Sc. in forestry and Agriculture, they can directly apply to university if the intended course is offered in English and they have appeared to English test (TOFEL/ILTES).

Bachelor study is a bit complicated in terms of application procedure, which is depended on conditions Embassy forwarded for visa too. The first step is to apply for German language in different language institutes in Germany. To study language in Germany, one needs to pay (fee depends on the institutes). Along with application to language institute, one needs to apply to bridge course and university one intended to study. In general, the university itself offers bridge course (Studienkolleg). Thus, one should apply for language course, bridge course and university at the same time. In general, language institute does not have any problem to offer an admission. However, university for bridge course and bachelor can only express their willingness to intake student if their conditions are fulfilled, which is not a guarantee. To get admitted in the bridge course one need to pass an entrance exam. The detail about the procedure is found in the following link:


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Studying Medicine in Germany

The medical education in Germany is generally not splitted into undergraduate and postgraduate studies as in Nepal, US or UK. At German universities a first academic degree (Diplom/Magister/Staatsexamen) can be obtained after 5 to 7 years of specific study and it is regarded internationally as an equivalent of master´s degree. In Germany it takes about 6.5 years (for regular university students) to complete human medicine under the German State Examination system (Staatsexamen). Foreign students need to add the language school and preparatory course (Studienkolleg) time to this regular 6.5 years. The admission for human medicine studies in Germany is restricted, the so-called numerus clausus. Over the years it is being difficult to get admission in the medical universities of the big cities like Berlin, Hamburg or Munich due to the large number of applicants every semester.

Which certificates do you need to study in Germany?

For german students the General Certificate of Aptitude for Higher Education [Abitur ] is a prerequisite for admission to higher education in a university. It usually requires 13 years of schooling.

More Information and Application

The admission for human medicine studies in Germany is restricted by the so-called numerus clausus. Some medical schools demand higher requirements from applicants regarding their finaldegrees.Furtherinformation is available from the International Offices (Akademisches Auslandsamt) and Studienkollegs of the Universities. The Application, however has to be submitted with all the relevant documents to uni-assist.

German Language Courses: Goethe-Institut teaches German language worldwide and in Nepal as well.
Other language institutes in germany also offer language courses required for Studienkolleg entrace exams. But they are quite expensive usually.

Structure and curriculum of Medical Education in Germany:

It takes about six and a half years to complete the curriculum and training is divided into threesections: basic science (2 years), clinical science (3 years) and final clinical year.
In Germany, medical education is structured, not in years like many other countries, but in semesters or in a few instances, trimesters (Hamburg, Hannover). The curriculum is divided into three sections:

According to the Regulations for Registration (Approbationsordnung) the medical studies are subdivided into:

Clinical Part : Practical Year ('PJ')

The Practical Year (Praktisches Jahr) is divided into 3 parts:

Semester Section Courses Internship/Clerkship
1 Preclinical
Medical Psychology and  sociologyMedical Terminology
Berufsfelderkundung(a two-times-clinic-visit of own choice to have a perception of future job prespective as a doctor)
3 months nursing service(Pflegepraktikum)
First Aid training
First part of the medical licensing examination(Physikum)
1 Clinical
General surgery
General practice
Orthropedic surgery
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Ear, Nose & Throat medicine(ENT)
Internal medicine
Pharmacology & Toxicology
Forensic Medicine
Psychosomatic medicine
Medical genetics
Hygiene, Microbiology & Virology
Clinical Chemistry & laboratory
Elective courses
Interdisciplinary modules
Madatory clerkships:
Internal Medicine
General Surgery
Obstetricks & Gynaecology
General Practice
Elective clerkships:
4 one-month clerkships
Final year Clinical Year(PJ) Internal Medicine
General and/or Orthopaedic Surgery
Clinical Speciality at the choice of student
Second part of medical licensing examination

Some of the Medical schools in germany:

Charité, Medical Faculty, Humboldt University Berlin
Universitätsklinikum Benjamin Franklin, Berlin

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Fakultät für Medizin

University of Bonn - Medical Center

Cologne (Köln)
University of Cologne - Faculty of Medicine

Medizinische Fakultät, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Medizinische Fakultüt, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Fachbereich Medizin, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main

Medizinische Fakultät, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

University Giessen

Medizinische Fakultät Uni Göttingen

Faculty of Medicine, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald

Medizinische Fakultät, Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Universät Hamburg

Medizinische Hochschule Hannover

University of


Medizinische Fakultät, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel

Medizinische Fakultät Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg

University of Leipzig Faculty of Medicine

Medizinische Universität Lübeck

Universität Mainz

Philipps-Universität Marburg - Fachbereich Humanmedizin und Klinikum

Munich (München)
Faculty of Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Münster University Medical School MedWeb Münster

Universität Regensburg

Medizinische Fakultüt, Universität Rostock

Saarland University Hospital - Faculty of Medicine

Universität Tübingen

Medizinische Fakultät, Universität Ulm

Medizinische Fakultät der Universität Würzburg

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Master Study

For master study, a wide range of courses is offered in English. In general, prerequisite for applying for a Master Course is one should have completed 16 years of study, including 4 years at universities, have a minimum score obtained on TOFEL/ILTES and minimum grade should be 50% or B or GPA about 2.5. After searching university using the web link 1, one should apply directly to the university within the deadline, as mentioned on the University website. As it is competitive to get admission in German University, we would suggest one to apply for at least three universities. Generally, there is no application fee but if the university is associated with Uni-assisst, it will charge € 50.00 as the application fee. Until the application fee is paid, the application is not proceed forward. In general, application package consists of University application Form, Letter of Motivation from application, Letters of recommendations, attested copy of academic certificates and other relevant certificates, TOFEL/ILTES result (in general copy will work), along with other documents specified by the university.

Wide range of international courses offered in German University for both Master Studies can be searched using DAAD database provided in the following web link:

International Programme In Germany

After receiving acceptance email from university, the applicant can accept or reject the offer. Once the applicant accepts the offer, s/he will get letter of admission from the university. After receiving letter of acceptance, one to apply for VISA, recommended, at least six week the date intended to fly.

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