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Medical Preparation - Frequently asked questions

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What does the Medical Preparatory Year at Jacobs University offer?

The Medical Preparatory Year equips students with the necessary skills to enter and succeed in medical school. You can find a description of the program here.

How long does the Medical Preparatory Year take?

The Medical Preparatory Year is a one-year program and runs from late August until the beginning of June (two semesters, 9 months).

What is the teaching language of the Medical Preparatory Year?

English and German. While the majority of the science courses are taught in English, the medical program components are taught in German.

Can I improve my German during the Medical Preparatory Year?

Yes, you can take different German courses that are offered at Jacobs University. As a MedPrep student you will already be at B2 or C1 level. If you are looking for a program that teaches German for medical students without prior knowledge in German, take a look at this program: MedNat.

Is MedPrep also useful for me if I am not sure whether I want to become a medical doctor?

Yes. While MedPrep aims at preparing you for medical school, the science courses are also beneficial if you continue in a scientific study program. Because the curriculum is relatively flexible you can take a variety of courses, ranging from Biochemistry over Psychology to Social Sciences and Management. If your goal is orientation while participating in an academic environment and taking science courses among others, MedPrep is also for you.

Is MedPrep equivalent to a Studienkolleg?

No. MedPrep is not a Studienkolleg.

Program Features

What will my curriculum consist of?

MedPrep has mandatory components and electives. Mandatory courses are Biology/Physiology, Organic Chemistry, Physics, and Anatomy, all of which are accompanied by practical lab courses. Furthermore there is a practical medical course introducing MedPrep students to the profession of a medical doctor as well as internships in hospitals. In addition you will have to choose two or more courses (dependent on course work load) according to your interest from a preselection of courses. Because the curriculum is relatively flexible you can take a variety of courses, ranging from Biochemistry over Psychology to Social Sciences and Management.

What do you mean by practical medical courses?

MedPrep students do a month-long nursing internship that is acknowledged by medical universities in Germany and Europe. Furthermore, they get to know different specialization areas of various hospitals in Bremen during a one-week excursion. In a practical seminar in medicine, students will learn about various topics such as measuring blood pressure, taking blood, hospital hygiene, terminology, anatomy.

What kind of support do I get as a MedPrep student?

Each MedPrep student has an academic advisor, a faculty member who is affiliated to the program and helps students chose their courses. Furthermore, we give advice on where to apply and when. The curriculum furthermore contains courses that train students for medical school entry tests (TMS, HAM-Nat, MedAT) and other application components (interviews).

Will I get support when applying to medical school?

Yes, we will guide you through finding suitable universities and also support you in preparing the application package.

Application Process

Am I eligible for MedPrep? What are the application requirements?

You can join MedPrep if you have (or are about to receive) a high school diploma that allows you to study at a German university. Furthermore, we require a proof of English language proficiency (IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90, CFE A/B, CAE) and a proof of German language proficiency (TestDaF TDN3/4, DSH 1/2) if neither is your native language.

How can I apply for MedPrep?

You can apply via our online system here.

Which documents are required for the application and in which language?

For your application we need the filled in online application form, a motivational letter, the transcripts of your last two years in high school, your high school diploma (if you have it already), a reference letter from a teacher/counsellor, a proof of English language proficiency (IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90, CFE A/B, CAE), and a proof of German language proficiency (TestDaF TDN3/4, DSH 1/2) if neither is your native language.
If your documents are not written in English or German, an official translator to English or German must translate them.

I don’t have my final transcript yet – can I still apply?

Yes. You can apply with the school transcripts of the last two to three years. Upon graduation, we will then ask you to submit your high school diploma.

What should the letter of motivation include?

In the letter of motivation you should explain why you wish to join MedPrep, what your background knowledge is, and what your interests are. Also, we are interested in your future career plans. You should thereby demonstrate why you are a suitable candidate for the Medical Preparatory Year.

What should the letters of recommendation include?

Primarily, the letters of recommendation should include an assessment of your academic performance and qualifications.

When is the application deadline?

We have rolling admissions. You can apply until June 1st if you need a student visa, if you do not need a visa the application deadline is August 1st.

When will applicants be informed about the outcome of their application?

You will be informed about our decision within a month after the submission of your application.

Is there an application fee?

No there is no application fee. You can apply for free via our online application form.

Language Requirements

What document should I submit in order to prove my language proficiency?

Please submit a copy of an official document issued by TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge for English language certificates. Please submit a copy of an official document issued by TestDaF or DSH for German language certificates. If you do not have a certificate or have an equivalent, please contact medprep@jacobs-university.de to check whether we accept it.

I finished a university program where English/German was the language of instruction. What document should I submit in order to prove my language proficiency?

If you can prove that your education was in English/German, we will accept that as an equivalent. We still require a proof of language proficiency if your language of instruction or native language has not been English and/or German.

Is proficiency in German a criterion for acceptance?

Yes. MedPrep applicants are required to be at B2 level (TestDaF TDN3/4, DSH 1/2) and have to submit a proof.

Program Fees

Is there an application fee?

No there is no application fee. You can apply for free via our online application form.

What is the program fee?

The program fee is €25,000 for the whole year.

What is included in the program fee?

The program fee includes all costs associated with the program including tuition, room and board in the residential colleges, medical internships, a semester ticket for local transportation in Bremen, testing fees as well as costs for excursions.

Are there scholarships for MedPrep?

No, there are no scholarships for MedPrep students.

Does Jacobs University offer financing options for MedPrep?

It is possible to pay the price in installments. Beyond that, there is no financial aid available for MedPrep students.

Dates and Deadlines

When is the application deadline?

We have rolling admissions and you can apply anytime from September till August. We accept applications until August 15. You can apply until June 1st if you need a visa, if you do not need a visa the application deadline is August 1st.

I missed the deadline – can I still apply?

In this case, please contact medprep@jacobs-university.de to see if an application can still be accepted.

When do semesters start and end?

The Fall semester starts in September and ends in December. Spring semester starts in February and ends in May. In January, MedPrep students will do their 30-days nursing internship in a Bremen hospital. Prior to the start of classes in Fall semester, there is an Orientation Week taking place one week before the semester start in the last week of August. For detailed dates, please see Jacobs University’s academic calendar.

When does Orientation Week start?

Orientation Week takes place one week before the semester start in the last week of August.

Admitted Students

What do I have to do once I am admitted?

Upon your admission you will receive an admission letter and some documents to fill in. Your place in the MedPrep program can only be secured once you fill in the enrollment form and pay the enrollment deposit.

What is the enrollment deposit?

To enroll at Jacobs University you have to pay EUR 500 which will be reimbursed to you when you leave Jacobs University orderly at the end of the program. Paying the deposit furthermore secures your place in the program.

Is there an Orientation Week?

Yes. Orientation Week takes place one week before the semester start in the last week of August. Students, faculty, and admin will introduce the university and its surroundings to you and support you with bureaucratic issues so you can get a good start into your stay on campus.

What do I need to bring?

Upon your arrival, you need to show us a proof of health insurance and your visa, if applicable. Furthermore you will need your passport/ID, a laptop, clothes, towels, bed sheets, medicines, and toiletries.

Do I require a visa to begin my studies at Jacobs University?

In order to find out whether you require a visa, please see our Visa Information System.

How do I obtain a visa?

After being admitted and having secured your place in the MedPrep program by transferring the enrollment deposit, you should check our Visa Information System regarding the visa application process in your home country. To have access to our Visa Information System, please visit here. If you require a visa, your admission documents will contain a confirmation (Zulassungsbescheid) for the German embassy which can be used to apply for a visa.

How long does it take to obtain a visa?

This process can take 2-3 months dependent on the embassy. Therefore, if you require a visa, your application should reach us in June.

After MedPrep

Who is eligible for medical school in Germany or Europe?

German citizens or anyone holding a German high school diploma or an equivalent (high school diplomas of EU countries) can study medicine in Germany and other European countries. Non-European students can check here whether they are eligible to study in Germany. Regulations are dependent on individual countries. In order to study in Germany, you need to submit a proof of language proficiency on C1/C2 level (TestDaF TDN4, DSH 2) if German is not your native language.

What are the requirements to enter medical school?

In Germany, different qualifications can benefit admission. For all European applicants the high school diploma grade (or equivalent) counts for at least 50%. Further components may be a test, single grades in scientific subjects, holding a degree in a profession in a similar field (nursing, paramedic), or motivation. In European universities the process is even more individual.
For non-EU citizens, German language and scientific knowledge play a great role; university entry exams are normally not required unless a Feststellungsprüfung has to be passed. At least 5% of all medical study places each year are reserved for international applicants.

What are the deadlines to apply for medical school?

In Germany, the deadline for German/EU-citizens is May 31 and the deadline for international students is July 15. In private or other European universities, the deadlines vary.

Are the ECTS credits transferable to medical school?

In theory, the ECTS credits can be transferred. Each university/course instructor in the future university can decide if the course curricula are equivalent.

Can I stay at Jacobs University after MedPrep?

Yes. If you wish to continue with a Bachelor degree program at Jacobs University and you have passed the Medical Preparatory Year (at least 50 ECTS credits, GPA of 3.33), a place is guaranteed for you.

Campus Life

Does Jacobs University offer accommodation on campus?

Yes. Jacobs University provides room and board for all MedPrep students.

How is accommodation at Jacobs University?

Jacobs University offers accommodation in four residential colleges on campus. Each college has its own dining room, recreational lounge, study areas, and common and group meeting rooms. For more information, please klick here.

How is my room equipped?

You will have a single room equipped with a bed including mattress, blanket and pillow, a desk and a chair, a wardrobe and a cupboard. You will share a bathroom with your flat mate.

What kind of food is offered and where do I eat?

Each college has its own servery (cantine) with a big variety of warm dishes, a salad bar, sandwiches, and desserts. Vegetarian and vegan options are always offered.

How much does room and board cost?

The fees for room and board for MedPrep students are already included in the total fees of €25,000.

What does Jacobs University offer students during leisure time?

Jacobs University does not only offer an excellent academic education but also many opportunities for students outside the classroom. The various student-driven social and cultural activities encompass events throughout the year. Student clubs range from arts to sports and community groups. For more information, please visit here.

Is the campus safe?

Yes, it is. We have a 24/7 security team on campus (porters) and Resident Mentors in the colleges. There is always a Resident Associate on duty at night.