FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions here.
Will I still receive help from MediStart after having secured my study place?
MediStart supports you during the application and enrolment processes as well as on site during your studies abroad. Our partners abroad help you find an accommodation, register with local authorities, enrol at the university and network with other international students who have been there a while. Our partners are also available 24/7 for any queries you may have, no matter how big or small.
Which university cities have the highest number of German medical students?
Many MediStart applicants from Germany go to study medicine in Vienna (Austria), where the degree is taught in German, because the private university’s application process does not take high school grades or the Austrian admission test (MedAT) into consideration. Many others choose to study medicine in English in Rzeszow or Wrocław (Poland), mainly because of its proximity to Germany. Besides, the university offers the possibility of completing your practical training at a German teaching hospital. Many other German high school graduates study in English a little further away, for instance in Vilnius (Lithuania) or Nicosia (Cyprus).
I have not completed high school yet. Can I still apply (or can I ideally be accepted by a university already)?
Yes, you can and you should. Some application processes abroad start significantly earlier than in Germany. In the best cases the planning starts as early as September/October, or a whole year before the actual start of the course. Seeing as many universities focus on more than just your grades and instead work with admission tests and interviews, it is possible for you to be accepted by a university before graduating from high school. All you will have to do after you were offered a study place is to graduate from high school. However, even if you apply after graduation, you will still have a lot of options regarding universities. Do not hesitate to contact us.
Which deadlines are important for me as an applicant and does MediStart help me to meet these?
MediStart accompanies you throughout the entire application process. Your personal Study Consultant will prepare every step of the process for you so that nothing can go wrong. We will, of course, take care of deadlines. Important note: Some universities award study places gradually, sometimes ahead of the deadlines. Unlike in Germany, it is important to start your application early when all the places at the university are still available. This can significantly improve your chances.
What does a placement by MediStart cost and do I really only pay if they are successful?
You do not pay anything upon signing an order form: MediStart operates based on a success fee. You will pay MediStart a year’s worth of tuition fees (plus 19 % VAT) if your chosen university offers you a place. If you are offered a study place through Hochschulstart in your chosen field, you will also have the right to withdraw from your agreement. You will also be able to cancel your MediStart agreement without providing a reason and be charged a reduced cancellation fee. Further expenses may arise, for example for translation, notary or tuition services. Details can be found in our information material, which you can request here free of charge.
Can I apply for medical studies abroad, even if I already hold a university degree?
Holders of a previous university degree have exactly the same chances at MediStart partner universities as first time applicants, who still need to obtain their high school diploma. There are no minimum quotas like on Hochschulstart, the German university application system. Many foreign universities also work with selection processes, in which a completed degree reflects positively. It is important to apply early (ideally a whole year before the start of the desired degree) in order to plan the application optimally.
Do you have a success rate?
Yes, we do. And we are proud of it. Over the last years, MediStart achieved a 100 % success rate at some universities, meaning it successfully placed all MediStart applicants there. For example, this was the case with Wroclaw (Poland), Nicosia (Cyprus) and in Rzeszow (Poland). This success rate is not a promise of success of course, mainly because the placement depends on admission tests, interviews etc. However, we are optimistic that this year once again every applicant who meets the requirements and commissions our services on time will be offered the chosen study place.
Do you also place students at German-speaking universities abroad?
The private university in Vienna (Austria) provides the degrees in medicine and dentistry in German. MediStart is the only consultant that is allowed to place applicants at this private university. The university has its own admission process that does not take into consideration your high school grades or your performance at the Austrian admission test (MedAT). MediStart prepares you for the admission process on site in Vienna with a one-week crash course or a MediStart-Collegesemester.
Is my degree from a foreign university recognised within the EU?
Yes, but: it is important that you complete your studies and achieve a recognised degree issued in an EU member state. In other words:
The medical licence allowing you to practice your profession as a doctor, dentist or veterinary doctor, is issued by the country you studied in. This licence is then automatically recognised everywhere in the EU thanks to the Directive on Recognition of Professional Qualifications.
Can I complete the clinical part of my degree in my home country?
Yes, although there are two conditions. Firstly, the international university needs to have structured its degree in a similar way as the course in your home country. Secondly, the university in your home country needs to have places available. More and more foreign universities do not go by the classical degree structure familiar to German students, consisting of preclinical training, a first board exam (“Physikum”), clinical training and a second board exam (“Examen”). Instead they apply the BSc / MSc models to medical degrees. The two models are incompatible with each other. Even if a university provides a model that is recognised by the local examination authorities, it does not mean that a transfer is automatically possible. Available places are rare. This is why most German students finish their degree abroad and return to their home countries as licensed doctors.
I achieved good but not quite amazing grades at school. I have heard that there was still a good chance of being accepted into a medical degree programme through MediStart. How good are my chances, if I apply through this platform?
Quickly and concisely: Your chances are very good because your high school grades are not the sole decisive factor. Most universities operate based on admission tests, interviews etc. MediStart prepares you for this, partly with the help of tutors at the respective universities. Over the last years, MediStart managed a placement success rate of 100 % at some of its partner universities. This was the case for the courses taught in English by the universities of Wroclaw (Poland), Nicosia (Cyprus), Rzeszow (Poland) and Vilnius (Lithuania). There is no guarantee, of course. However, we are optimistic that, this year again, every applicant who meets the requirements and commissions our services on time will be offered the chosen study place.
Do I need to pay for the personal or telephone interview?
No, both consultations are free of charge.
How long does the degree last?
Medical degrees generally last six years. Degrees in dentistry and veterinary medicine last an average of five years.
Can I also apply to start my degree in the summer semester?
This is currently only possible at the University of Riga.
Is an “Erasmus+” exchange available during the degree?
The possibility of doing an exchange semester abroad is determined by the individual universities themselves, in order to find a window of time for such an exchange.