Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to questions about program requirements, admission process and finances.

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Do I need to translate my official documents (transcript, diploma, etc.) into English or German? If so, do I have to pay for an official translation of these documents or can I do it myself?

We do require that all your application documents be uploaded in BOTH the original language in which they were produced and as an English translation. You can also provide a German translation, but English is preferred. However, please note, you do not have to pay for an official translation of your academic documents initially. You may upload a non-official translation (though please make sure it looks as professional as possible). If you are accepted, however, then it will be under the condition that you provide an official translation which matches the unofficial one in meaning. You cannot register as a student until we receive the officially translated documents.

If I pass the first step of the admission process, would I have to eventually write a test? And if so, what would be the subjects of this test?

No, you don't have to take any separate test. You just have to submit the documents required on the online application. Our admissions committee reviews all your documents and if you are accepted, then you are accepted. There are no other additional exams or interviews required.

How many students apply to the program each year and how many are accepted?

This year we expect to receive about 600 applications and will accept up to 20 students.

Can I still apply if I don't have my diploma yet?

Yes, you can still apply. We only need your diploma when you actually enter the program in October.

How intensive is the program? Will I be able to work in a part-time job while I study?

The program is extremely intensive. Generally you are in classes all morning, four day per week, and in your lab placement every afternoon during the week. You do have some free study time each week, but you will almost always need this time to study. It is possible to get a student job at the Charité in which you work for approximately 8 hours per week for €320 per month. These jobs are not easy to find, however, and you should not rely on finding one in order to support your education.

Do you offer any scholarships?

At this time the Charité can offer a limited number of scholarships. If you financial support please indicate this in your application.

Some of our current students have been successful in obtaining a scholarship for one semester from the Humboldt University with which the Charité is associated. Please click here for more information about this scholarship opportunity.

Many of our international students have also obtained financial assistance from the DAAD.

What English language test can I take and what score to I have to achieve?

Test Type                                     Minimum Score Required

TOEFL, paper based                                   580

TOEFL, computer based                             237

TOEFL, internet based                                 92

IELTS                                                           6.5

1)    CAE test (advanced level)                             B

I don't speak any German. Am I still eligible to apply? Do I have to learn German before I can join the program?

Students who do not speak German are still eligible to apply and can attend the master program without learning any German. The entire course is taught in English and German is not necessary. However, if you are accepted it is helpful to learn some German just to make your life outside of the program a bit easier.

Is it necessary to submit my application before I send letters of recommendation?

No, you can submit all the necessary application materials in any order you wish.

Is it necessary to send originals of all documents by the application deadline, or can I send copies first?

It is NOT necessary to send certified originals of all documents by the application deadline. You can send copies. However, if we accept you it is under the condition that before you begin the program in October, you provide the necessary originals.

Do you have a numerus clausus (grade limit below which you do not accept students) for applicants?

No, we do not have a numerus clausus or average bachelor grade that we expect all applicants to have obtained in order to qualify for our program. Rather, we examine all the documents required for the application carefully and base our admissions decision on the whole person. Your grades are of course important, but students with relatively lower grades are still accepted to our program if the other aspects of their application are especially strong.

Can I send my application documents via email?

No, we do not have a numerus clausus or average bachelor grade that we expect all applicants to have obtained in order to qualify for our program. Rather, we examine all the documents required for the application carefully and base our admissions decision on the whole person. Your grades are of course important, but students with relatively lower grades are still accepted to our program if the other aspects of their application are especially strong.

How can I check my eligibility for the program?

First please carefully read the information provided on the homepage: WHO SHOULD APPLY and HOW TO APPLY - SUITABILITY FOR THE PROGRAM.

What if my referee does not have an institutional email address which is required for the online application?

If your referees do not have an institutional email address, please ask your referees to email the admissions office and send their letters of reference on your behalf directly to the admissions office via email. We will do our best to manually submit each letter to the appropriate applicant's file. However, please be aware that if we receive too many requests for manual submission, we may not be able to upload all letters on time.