Study of human medicine; application for recognition of periods of study and recognition of academic achievements

For the study of human medicine, periods of related study in Germany and abroad as well as periods of study in human medicine pursued abroad are credited. The examinations taken as part of these studies are recognised insofar as equivalence is given.

Description

Under certain conditions, periods of related study in Germany and abroad, as well as periods of study in human medicine pursued abroad in the Federal Republic of Germany, are credited and the examinations taken as part of these studies are recognised, insofar as equivalence is given (see § 12 of the Approbationsordnung für Ärzte (ÄAppO).

The extent of the study time credit results from the type and number of credits that can be recognised and the semesters actually studied.

Prerequisites

The crediting or recognition requires the equivalence of the services rendered. This must be checked in each individual case on the basis of the supporting documents.

The extent to which periods of study in the pre-clinical study phase can be credited depends, in addition to the semesters actually studied, among other things on which and how many of the certificates named in Annex 1 to the Medical Licensing Regulations (ÄAppO) or in § 2 Para. 2 Sentence 5 and § 2 Para. 8 Sentence 2 Half-Sentence 1 ÄAppO are proven or have been recognised from a foreign or related course of study. A half-year of study can be credited if proof of a period of study of at least half a year has been provided and during this period three of the major certificates listed below or two major and two minor certificates each have been completed regularly and successfully.

To receive credit for one year of study, evidence must be provided of at least one year of study and six major credits, or four major and four minor credits each, completed during that time.

Practical courses and courses prescribed in Annex 1, Section I, Nos. 1 to 6 ÄAppO (= "major certificates"):

  • Practical course in physics for medical students
  • Practical course in chemistry for medical students
  • Practical course in biology for medical students
  • Practical course of physiology
  • Practical course of biochemistry/molecular biology
  • Course of macroscopic anatomy
  • Microscopic Anatomy Course
  • Course of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology

Practical courses and seminars prescribed in Annex 1 Section I No. 7 - 10, Section II and Section III ÄAppO; certificate of achievement according to § 2 Para. 2 Sentence 5 ÄAppO; pre-clinical elective subject according to § 2 Para. 8 Sentence 2 Half Sentence 1 ÄAppO (= "small certificates"):

  • Seminar Physiology
  • Seminar Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
  • Seminar Anatomy
  • Seminar Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology
  • Practical course in medical terminology
  • Practical course for introduction to clinical medicine (with patient presentation)
  • Internship of professional field exploration
  • Preclinical elective

Periods of clinical medical studies abroad can only be credited towards the clinical medical studies prescribed in the area of application of the Medical Licensing Regulations if these are equivalent (§ 12 Para. 1 No. 2 Medical Licensing Regulations). This requires the successful completion of the first section of the medical examination in accordance with the new ÄAppO (or, analogously, the successful completion of the preliminary medical examination in accordance with the version of the ÄAppO valid until 30.09.2003 - old ÄAppO) at a university or equivalent institution of higher education (§ 1 Para. 2 No. 1, Para. 3 Sentence 1 No. 2 and sentence 2 ÄAppO) which are equivalent in terms of the type and scope of the course and the performance assessment (including grading) to the subjects (§ 27, section 1, sentence 4 ÄAppO), cross-sectional areas (§ 27, section 1, sentence 5 ÄAppO) and block practicals (§ 27, section 4 ÄAppO) to be demonstrated in accordance with § 27 ÄAppO. The same applies to interdisciplinary certificates of achievement (§ 27 Para. 3 ÄAppO).

The equivalence is to be proven by certificates issued by the respective university lecturer responsible at the home university. In addition to the duration of the studies abroad, the decisive factor for the recognition of periods of study is how many of the credits specified in § 27, Para. 1, Sentences 4 and 5 and Para. 4 ÄAppO can be recognised. For each seven of these credits, one semester of study can be credited. In principle, a maximum of seven equivalent certificates of achievement shall be recognised per semester. This evaluation key corresponds to the three-year medical studies prescribed in the area of application of the ÄAppO after passing the first section of the medical examination in accordance with the new ÄAppO (or analogously after passing the preliminary medical examination in accordance with the old ÄAppO) until the beginning of the practical year (§ 1 Para. 3 Sentence 1 No. 2 and Sentence 2 ÄAppO) and the 39 compulsory courses to be completed during this period (§ 27 Para. 1 Sentences 4 and 5 as well as Para. 4 ÄAppO).

Procedure

The recognition/credit procedure takes place upon application.

This application must be submitted to the State Examination Office of the state in which the applicant is enrolled or admitted to study medicine. In the case of students who have not yet been enrolled or admitted to medical studies at a university within the scope of the ÄAppO, the state examination office of the state in which the applicant was born is responsible. If this does not result in jurisdiction, the North Rhine-Westphalia State Office of Pensions is responsible.

The equivalence of the certificates of achievement from a related course of study pursued in Germany must be proven by submitting a certificate of equivalence issued by the relevant medical faculty as follows:

  • If the applicant is already enrolled or admitted for the study of medicine at a Bavarian university by certificates issued by the internship or course directors of this university.
  • If the applicant is not yet enrolled or admitted to the study of medicine at a Bavarian university, the following applies:
    • If the academic performance was achieved at a university with a medical department, by certificates from the directors of the medical courses there.
    • If the coursework was completed at a university without a department of medicine, certificates from the internship or course directors at the university where the student intends to study medicine.

Special notes

Recognition of the first section of the medical examination is only possible if, in addition to the completed pre-clinical performance certificates, training in first aid, the completion of three months of nursing service and the pre-clinical elective subject are proven (Section 2, Paragraph 8, Sentence 2, Half-Sentence 1, Sections 5, 6 and 10, Paragraph 4, No. 1, Letters d and e ÄAppO).

Exemption from individual subjects or subject areas of the first section of the medical examination is not permitted by the system of this examination (section 13, paragraph 1 and section 14, paragraph 3 ÄAppO).

Recognition of the equivalence of previous training certificates: Students who wish to continue or take up medical studies at a German university and do not possess a higher education entrance qualification acquired in Germany must have their previous education certificates recognised by the competent body as equivalent to a German higher education entrance qualification. In Bavaria, the Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle für den Freistaat Bayern is responsible for this (Pündterplatz 5, 80803 München).

Admission to the medical examinations: For this, please contact the medical examination office of the university at which you are enrolled in human medicine.

Information on first aid training, nursing service, clinical traineeship and practical year: For this, please contact

  • if you are enrolled in human medicine at a Bavarian university, please contact the medical examination office of your university (see "Further links").
  • if you do not yet have a place to study in Germany and were born in Bavaria, please contact the Government of Upper Bavaria, State Examination Office for Human Medicine.

Crediting and recognition of periods of study and academic achievements, which were completed during a course of study in human medicine abroad or which were completed during a related course of study in Germany or abroad : For this purpose please contact

  • if you were born in Bavaria or are already enrolled or admitted to a course of study in human medicine at a Bavarian university, please contact the Government of Upper Bavaria, Landesprüfungsamt Humanmedizin (State Examination Office for Human Medicine).
  • if you were born in another federal state and are not yet enrolled in or admitted to a course of study in human medicine at a Bavarian university, please contact the State Examination Office of the respective state.
  • if you were born abroad and are not yet enrolled or admitted to a course of study in human medicine at a Bavarian university, to the State Examination Office of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf District Government

Processing time

2-4 weeks

Required documents

  • The following documents must be enclosed with the application for credit transfer for the study of human medicine (originals will not be returned!):

    Students at a foreign university:

    • Birth certificate (single copy)
    • Abitur certificate (certified copy)
    • Certificate of enrolment (original or certified copy)
    • Transcript of Records (original or certified copy)
    • Certificate of the First Section of the Medical Examination if available (original or certified copy)
    • Certificates of Nursing Service, if applicable (original or certified copy)
    • First aid course certificate (original or certified copy)

    For lateral entrants from Germany

    • Current certificate of enrolment/study progress certificate (copy).
    • Birth certificate, if not yet enrolled at a Bavarian university in the subject "Human Medicine" (copy)
    • University entrance qualification (copy)
    • Overview of subjects and grades (original, copy or certified copy)
    • Certificates of equivalence (originals or certified copies) - The equivalence of certificates of achievement from a related course of study pursued in Germany must be proven by submitting a certificate of equivalence issued by the relevant medical faculty.
    • Certificates of passed examinations (copy)

    For ERASMUS students:

    • Current certificate of enrolment / certificate of course of study (copy).
    • Transcript of Records (copy)
    • Learning Agreement or Letter of Acceptance (copy)
    • Physics certificate (copy)
    • Certificates of Equivalency (originals or certified copies)

Forms

Please select a location in "Localization" so that the address of the responsible authority can be filled in.

Fees

    • Recognition of periods of study and examinations: 60 EUR per recognition notice
    • Recognition of study achievements (without semesters and examinations): 30 EUR per recognition notification

Status: 22.10.2021

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Gesundheit und Pflege

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