Applying for a higher education programme typically is a new experience for the applicant. To further facilitate a smooth and easy process, the EDU Admissions Team has put together helpful recommendations from their experience with previous applicants. These tips provide straightforward guidelines for the application form, as well as strategies to successfully advance through the later admissions stages.
Tip 1: Review the eligibility criteria and application requirements carefully
As a first step, it is always good to review the requirements list and prepare the necessary documents before starting an application. You can print out this list and use it as a checklist: take notes on where you are at and what the next steps are. Having a clear plan of action will make all subsequent steps easier and save you time.
This is especially relevant when it comes to requesting the required police clearance certificate, as this is a bureaucratic procedure and thus might take some time. For example, in some cities, booking an appointment can take up to four weeks, followed by another four weeks of waiting for the certificate to be issued.
Tip 2: Set aside time to practise your English
An essential study requirement at EDU medical school is fluent English at B2 level. Candidates’ language skills are assessed in their motivation letter (writing), interview (speaking and listening) and in the online test (reading comprehension). Upper-intermediate speakers who have been out of practice can refresh their skills by practicing consistently for a couple of months. We recommend the following: Listening to the radio (5-10 minutes per day), watching videos or films, reading and retelling texts. Another option is to use an app tailored to enhance speaking – there is a variety to choose from.
Being honest about where your language level is and addressing any shortcomings early on is an important way to facilitate your advancement in the application process. Those who are not sure about their current level of English can check it online, for example, on cambridgeenglish.org.
Tip 3: Think ahead about certified translations
Another point to keep in mind is arranging for certified translations of your high school diploma and police certificate if these are not issued in the English language. The only exception is for documents issued from German-speaking countries. Said applicants are allowed to send high school and police certificates in German.
Tip 4: Plan for a C1 German language exam unless it is your mother tongue
Non-native speakers of German are expected to provide a C1 language certificate unless they completed high school in Germany, Austria or Switzerland. For those still working on their German, the above-mentioned language recommendations for English apply here as well. When learning German, there are multiple factors that affect overall learning time, such as the current level of German, a general affinity to languages, current learning or cognitive load and living in a German-speaking country. Quick learners living in a German-speaking environment might reach the C1 level within nine months, provided they consistently learn the language. Nevertheless, our recommended average time to achieve the C1 level from square one would be one year.
Tip 5: Do not overthink the online test- Just do it!
Last, but not least, comes our recommendation regarding the online test. This test is designed to assess an applicant’s cognitive abilities, such as logical and spatial thinking and analytical competence. This step in the EDU admissions’ process intimidates quite a few, especially because there is no specific way to prepare for it.
Fortunately, it is not as tough as it sounds. Our demo version (the test we use is the Intellectual Competence Screening test) provides a good overview of the types of questions you can expect. Revising basic mathematical operations, like addition, division, etc., would be useful. However, our most practical advice is to complete the test without spending too much time overanalyzing. A better use of that time is to prepare for the online interview or language skills, if needed.
To recap our recommendations, it is essential to plan ahead for your application to study with EDU, as sometimes obtaining documents or brushing up on language skills can take longer than anticipated. This is especially relevant for aspiring students who wish to apply for an EDU Excellence Scholarship – in order to be considered for the scholarship, applicants need to successfully complete the admissions process 8 weeks before their studies begin.
We hope our recommendations are useful to you! The best time to start preparing is right now, to start your application at EDU medical school, click here.
Those who wish to get further assistance can contact our Admissions Team via phone +49 151 4144 3892 or email us at [email protected].