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Admission requirements of medical schools in selected countries of Europe


Medicine is a tough discipline. It requires constant dedication, a lot of will power, a lot of studying and a lot of time so students can ace each course. A lot of high school and pre-med graduates must be congratulated for making it to medicine because, entry to medicine is tough given its competitive nature.

Whether students intend to apply for Windsor University Canada, Harvard School of Medicine, Oxford School of Medicine, University of Sydney Medical School etc.; each medical school has a different set of admission requirements and the same goes for each country as well.

Federative Republic of Germany

The Federative Republic of Germany follows the Numerus Clausus (NC) rule which means limited seats in medical schools. This very rule is also used in determining the number of places available in most university programs (particularly medicine).

The number of places also varies from one semester and year to the other. In order to obtain admission, students need to have a certain grade in their high school studies.

The degree of medicine in Germany can take around 6 years and 3 months for completion. The studies are not divided into bachelor’s or master’s degrees. Upon graduation, students must take the state examination in order to be certified as physicians.

The path to earning a medical degree and becoming a physician in Germany is divided in the following stages:

  • Studies of stage 1 comprise of 4 semesters where first three sections are of the state exam.
  • Studies of stage 2 comprise of 6 semesters.
  • Completion of a practical year (PJ) at a hospital, clinic or another healthcare institution.
  • The second and final state examination takes place. Clearing this will give the student the license to practice medicine in Germany.

It is important to understand that students must develop a good fluency in German as studies and examinations will be conducted in the German language.

Republic of Finland

In Finland, students need to be fluent in Finnish for both studies and training (even for postgraduate training). The only way for students to enrol in medical schools is clearing the entrance examination and it is held annually each May. It can be either in Finnish or Swedish.

The medical degree in Finland is a 6-year degree program, combining both bachelor’s and master’s degrees and courses into a Licentiate degree. Upon graduation, medical students can continue their education with postgraduate specialization programs and licensing in order to practice with zeal.

Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Dutch are very stringent & strict when it comes to criterion for medical school admissions. Students applying for medical school must prove that they have studied biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Otherwise, they must take an exam that will test their competence in these subjects.

Students also need to be fully fluent in Dutch because all studies, examinations and communication between patients & doctors will be in Dutch. Though everyone in The Netherlands understands English quite well as both English and Dutch have resembling vocabulary and terminologies, they still prefer speaking Dutch.

Dutch Medicine Degree programs follow the categories of Numerus Clausus and Numerus Fixus rulings (Decentralized Selection Programs). This means that the number of places in Dutch medical schools is limited and students can only apply for two Numerus Fixus programs.

These are the stages students go through in order to qualify as a physician in the Netherlands:

  • Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in medicine of 3 years: Here,students will be attending lectures and preparing assignments.
  • Finishing a master’s degree in Medicine takes 3 more years:Here students take part in different internships. Students also need to write a master’s degree thesis.
  • To start working as a medical specialist, students must register with the Royal Dutch Medical Association.

Republic of Italy

Italian Universities also follow the Numerus Clausus System when it comes to places for medical degrees and the professional training for medical graduates.

Some medical schools in Italy require students to clear the International Medical Admissions Test (IMAT) or an exam which is its equivalent. It tests the applicant’s logical skills and their knowledge of English, Chemistry, Biology and other Science related subjects.

The degree of medicine in the Netherlands takes 6 years to complete followed by a 6-month clinical placement. Graduates of this degree must pass a national exam in order to become registered practician of medicine. After passing the examination they can start the specialization training, taking 3-6 years and dependent on the area of specialization as well.