Study guide for foreign students - Middle East
Studying Program
All students from abroad must apply for admission to a German university. This applies to freshmen, postgraduates and doctoral candidates alike. The admissions procedure ensures that applicants fulfil the necessary requirements to study at an institute of higher education.
University admission and requirements
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All students from abroad must apply for admission to a German university. This applies to freshmen, postgraduates and doctoral candidates alike. The admissions procedure ensures that applicants fulfil the necessary requirements to study at an institute of higher education.

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If you wish to study at a German university, you need a so-called Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (HZB), or higher education entrance qualification. This is a secondary school-leaving certificate that corresponds to the German Abitur and entitles you to study.
Students from abroad must apply for
admission from the university of their choice. For your application, you will require
for a Bachelor's degree:
  • a school-leaving certificate (also known as "university entrance qualification", e.g. High School Diploma, Matura, A-Levels, Bachillerato, Atestat, baccalauréat) or
  • proof that you have passed the university entrance examination (if required in your home country)
for a Master's degree and PhD programmes:
  • recognition of your university degree from your home country or another country.
Not all higher education entrance qualifications apply to all study programmes. There is a general qualification (“allgemeine HZB”) which entitles students to study all subjects at universities and universities of applied sciences, and a subject-specific qualification (“fachgebundene HZB”) which entitles students to study certain subjects only.
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Expenses / Finance
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Compared to other European countries, it's not expensive to live and study in Germany. We tell you what individual expenses you are likely to incur.

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One of the most important things you have to consider when planning to study in Germany are your expenses. Before leaving for Germany, you must ensure that you have sufficient financial resources. The costs you should reckon with include the following:
  • so-called semester contributions, (possible tuition fees)
  • other study-related expenses
  • costs of health insurance
  • general expenses (accommodation, food, clothing, telephone)

How high are tuition fees in Germany?
The german public institutions of higher education normally waive tuition fees for most bachelor's and many master's degree programmes. However, fees are charged for certain master's degree programmes – sometimes more than 10,000 euros per semester (1/2 year). Some private universities also charge relatively high tuition fees.
The cost of tuition says nothing about the quality of education in Germany. Tuition-free degree programmes offer very high quality.
Important! Independent Master degrees, in other words degrees that do not follow on directly from a Bachelor degree, are subject to a fee almost everywhere. These fees may range from 650 euro to several thousand euro a semester. For international Master degree programmes and courses at private universities, fees may even exceed 20,000 euro a year.
What is the semester contribution?
The semester contribution is payable at all universities and by all students. Depending on university, it can be between 200 and 250 euro a semester. This contribution finances, for example, student residences, the Mensa, administrative expenses and at many universities the semester ticket. This ticket entitles you to travel on public transport in your region. It costs between 25 euro and 150 euro for every 6-month period.
Example of a semester contribution click here
Summer semester 2012 University of Cologne (in euro)

• Social contributions 60.50

• Contribution towards student body 10.51

• Semester ticket 147.30

Total amount 218.31
What other expenses should I reckon with?
In addition to fees and contributions, you should also consider other expenses, such as for books, computer equipment or excursions. These, of course, depend on individual requirements. To be able to realistically estimate the costs of studying your subject, inquire at the departmental student advice service or at your Departmental Student Society ("Fachschaft").
Examples of study expenses click here
Cost-intensive subjects are subjects such as architecture or medicine. In creative and artistic subjects, relatively high costs are incurred for work materials and technical equipment. In other subjects, in may make sense to buy important textbooks because these are often already out on loan from the library, especially before exams.
Tip: You can usually buy standard publications second-hand, for example, via online auctions.
What does health insurance cost?
To study in Germany, you are required to have health insurance. You must be insured with a statutory health insurance organisation at a favourable student rate until you are 30 years of age and up until the 14th semester of study. Insurance premiums for students are around 80 euro a month.
Important: Students from the European Union are also insured in Germany with the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
You will find all important details on the subject under Living

What is the cost of living in Germany?
The costs of living in Germany are equivalent to the European average. They are lower than in Scandinavian countries, but relatively high compared to many countries in Asia, Africa or Latin America.
Students in Germany have an average of 800 euro a month at their disposal. But many students have to get by on much less money and adapt their lifestyle accordingly.
Students spend around a third of their budget on accommodation. Rent in cities such as Munich, Hamburg, Cologne and Düsseldorf is exceptionally high (around 340 euro for a room); it's much cheaper in smaller towns in the east, such as Leipzig or Chemnitz (around 220 euro). Generally speaking, rent levels in the south are higher than in the north, and in the west they are higher than in the east.
It's cheapest to live in student residences or shared accommodation. We have compiled a list of average national prices for different types of accommodation and other expenses you can expect to pay. 
Costs of rent including additional expenses click here
depending on type of accommodation             in euro
• for a room in student residences                      222
• for a room in shared accommodation               264
• for a single apartment                                        341
Monthly expenses for students in euro (without rent, tuition fees and semester contribution) Click here
• Food                                                  159
• Clothes                                                51
• Learning aids                                       33
• Car / public transport                          76
• Health insurance                                 80
• Telephone, internet, television            35
• Recreation, culture, sport                   62
Total                                                     496
How can I save money?
Students in Germany enjoy a number of special benefits. They pay reduced rates for theatres, museums, cinemas, public baths and other amenities. On presentation of student IDs, there are also discounts on telephone rates, newspaper subscriptions, flights and railcards. The International Student Identity Card entitles holders to benefits in many countries. It costs 68 euro and can be obtained, for example, if you want to apply for it, may you send your request.

Now you have an overview of the costs you can reckon with when you study in Germany.

Contract for Physicians
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Starting from the first of April in 2012 became a German exam modify the certificate required is mandatory for all doctors, dentists foreigners in more than 90% of the German states where only excludes the state of North Rhine-which did not call for this exam yet.

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Amendment German exam is an oral exam for half an hour in German majors the following:

- General Internal 

- Surgery

- Allocates a third Specialisation chosen by the doctor himself

The most important points that the doctor must focus on language is German. In case you do not find the Examiner German language to the doctor good enough there is not the possibility of exam success.

After the success of the examination the doctor gets a work permit open period. This grants him to get a job with a salary in any hospital in Germany.
To request medical specialisation click here
  • Copy of passport.

  • Undergraduate bachelor Certification "It must be translated and certified".

  • Statement of undergraduate bachelor's degrees.

  • Current CV as signed by the physician.

  • Letters of recommendation & experiences Certifications.

  • Language certificates "German".

  • Government grant or private - if applicable
Medical Treatment
Gate To Germany is coordinating, arranging and accompanying trips of Medical treatment in Germany, which is witnessing clearly increasing numbers of them coming from different countries of the world for the purpose of therapy and rehabilitation out
To request medical Treatment
  • Copy of passport & companions.

  • Photos of all medical tests and X-rays of the patient " Must be translated to German or English".

  • A comprehensive report from the doctor or hospital concerned about the patient's condition and its current status, that this report must be translated to German or English".

  • Proof of financing government or private material covers all the costs of treatment.