Medical Natural Sciences Program - Frequently asked questions
GENERAL INFORMATION / TARGET GROUP
Why should I start the Medical Natural Sciences Program (MedNat) instead of just starting a program at a Medical University?
MedNat is designed for foreign students to become familiar with the field of medicine and health care and learn German at the same time. We want to provide those interested in becoming a physician with training in the German language, plus Medical Sciences, next to Natural Sciences. The training will increase their chances to be amongst the selected Non-EU students that are admitted at a Medical University.
What is the difference between the programs MedPrep and MedNat?
MedNat is a three years Bachelor program designed to prepare students from Non-EU countries for a subsequent study of medicine in Germany. It combines modules in the German language, the Natural Sciences and Medicine. No prior knowledge in German is required, and MedNat is a stand-alone, full Bachelor program, for which you do not need to take any University courses beforehand.
MedPrep is a one year medical preparatory program that is designed for students who are fluent in German.
Does the three year program allow to study the German language at a level sufficient for continuing studies at the German Medical University?
To ensure proficiency in the German language, we have developed a tailor-made language course program for MedNat students that ensures that the B2.2 certificate of language proficiency is reached at the end of the three year program. Next to the dedicated language courses in the MedNat program, students will also have ample opportunity to train their acquired language skills regularly in colloquies and discussions, or with their host families. In our experience, MedNat students can even reach the C1 level during their studies.
How and where can I apply? Which requirements have to be fullfilled? Whom can I contact in case of questions?
Is the admission requirement for MedNat the same as for the other programs at Jacobs University?
The requirements for admission to the Medical Natural Sciences Program (MedNat) indeed are the same as for other programs at Jacobs University. However, there is a difference in so far as students will be admitted to this very program, while for the other programs, we admit to Jacobs University. For the other programs, this allows a certain flexibility, and students can change their major in the first one or two semesters of their study. For MedNat, we expect applications from students who are already sure that they want to study medicine. For this reason, we do not offer the option to change the Major from MedNat to another program at Jacobs University.
What level of German is required when students choose to study Medical Natural Science?
No prior knowledge of the German language is required.
Many universities require that students pass university entry exams in their home country. Does the MedNat have such requirement?
My intended major is your new "Medical Natural Sciences" -the 3-year Pre-Med program. However, I can not find the selection of this program on "Common Application" (academics).
As there are no scholarships or tuition deferrals available for this program, you can only select the “Medical Natural Sciences” major if you indicate, that you are not planning to apply for financial aid and do not want to be considered for a scholarship.
Is there a chance of getting some financial aid to cover tuition fees?
For the MedNat Program, Jacobs University does not provide any financial help towards the tuition fees. There might be, however, depending on the home country of the student, local funding schemes, e.g. by the government or foundations.
Does the tuition fee cover accommodation expenses, or will students need additional funds for living?
STUDY & ORGA
Will there be any opportunity to intern in research labs?
Yes, absolutely. We always welcome students at early stages of their careers to join ongoing research in our laboratories. Furthermore, MedNat students will do an internship with our premium partner, the renowned University clinic in Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) during their fifth semester.
Is it mandatory that after three years of study I can only apply to medical schools in Germany or can I apply to medical schools in other countries?
You are free to apply to a Medical School in Countries outside Germany. A considerable fraction of the courses in our program, however, are German classes to prepare MedNat students specifically for a subsequent study of Medicine in Germany.
Will international students be less likely to be admitted into medical schools in Germany?
In the contrary, a considerable fraction of study places in German Med Schools are reserved for Non-European Union students. With the MedNat program we prepare students to be successful in the application process for these study places.
After graduating from the MedNat program will the BSc degree allow the student to continue in a Masters program, if the student decides after MedNat not to go into medicine?
Absolutely, the program is running for three years and upon completion, MedNat students will be awarded a full Bachelor of Sciences degree that will enable them to continue in a Masters program, should they decide not to opt for a Medicine program. The main idea, however, is to prepare students to join a Medical School, which means that some students might want to apply already during their studies to a Med School. If they succeed, for example after four or five semesters, they likely will take up their study of Medicine without completing their Bachelor’s degree.
What is the study of Medicine in Germany like?
In Germany, to become a physician you attend Medical Schools at a state university. These study programs are offered without tuition fees (beyond a small semester fee totaling to about 1000€/year), and they last six years. By that time, all required certificates are obtained to work independently as physician or in hospital.
All study programs at Medical Schools in Germany are taught exclusively in the German language. This is one of the reasons for the design of MedNat, where German classes are central in the training. The other reason for MedNat is that Medical Schools in Germany have a fraction of their study places reserved for students from outside the European Union. So, we want to provide those interested in becoming a physician with a training in the German language, plus Medical Sciences, next to Natural Sciences, in order to increase their chances to be amongst the selected Non-EU students that are admitted at a Medical University.
Is MedNat or any other Program suited as a Pre-Med program for a Medical School in the US?
The regular PreMed requirements for US Medical Schools require two years of general and organic chemistry with labs, as well as one year of physics (and biology) with labs. You can attend these courses in the regular Bachelor programs offered by the Department of Life Science and Chemistry at Jacobs, namely physics and biochemistry and cell biology (BCCB) – but not especially in MedNat. You should check with a medical school directly on this, namely how your courses here would relate to the US Premed track.
Is there any specific list of German State Universities where students canenter ifthey finish the MedNat program successfully?
For legal reasons, there is no automatism that MedNat graduates continue at certain universities. However, the renowned University clinic in Hamburg-Eppendorf is our premium partner, and we have signed a contract, by which MedNat students are guaranteed a place for a one semester internship as part of their studies. The idea is that the MedNat students thereby get the chance to leave a personal impression that should foster a subsequent study at that university.
I want to become a veterinarian. Is MedNat helpful here?
Although MedNat does not cater specifically to vets, there is no reason why the preparation in medicine, natural sciences and the German language, which the program provides, should not be equally suitable for a subsequent study of veterinary medicine in Germany.
What do graduates of the program do after they finish the three years course?
Since MedNat started in 2015 only, there are no graduates as yet. What we can tell you from the current second year students is that they all are determined to enter medical school subsequently. Thus, while a career in health institutions is possible, this is not what the pioneering cohort is aiming for: they want to be medical doctors.
Is it possible to go to US graduate schools after the undergraduate programs at Jacobs University?
We have a large number of students who joined after their graduation from Jacobs a Grad school in the US. MedNat aims to prepare students to continue their studies in Germany, rather than the US.
After graduating from MedNat, can I still apply to a study place at German Medical Schools that is reserved for students from outside the European Union?
Yes, graduating from MedNat does not alter your legal status in this respect and you still can apply through this route.
What further expenses are families facing when their son or our daughter enrolls into the German medical university?
At present, the registration fees at German State Universities are in the range of 1000€/year. There might be additional (minor) costs associated to studying medicine at a German University, e.g. for text books, anatomical models, dissecting instruments etc. To what these costs amount will depend on the individual university. Furthermore there are costs for room rent and living, which depends much on the city.