Requirements for Study in Germany – IB and Cambridge Board

Are you an IB or Cambridge board student considering studying in Germany? Great news! We’re here to clarify all your questions and provide you with the essential information you need to know about the requirements for pursuing higher education in Germany. Whether you’re an International Baccalaureate (IB) student or following the Cambridge board curriculum, this article will break down the requirements and subject combinations for your successful admission to German universities.

IB Students: Key Requirements and Subject Combinations

For IB students eyeing Germany as their study destination, there are specific requirements and subject combinations to keep in mind:

  • Subject Combination Consistency: It’s crucial to maintain the same subject combination throughout both your 11th and 12th grades. Changing subjects midway might result in losing your direct access to German public universities.
  • High-Level (HL) and Standard-Level (SL) Subjects: IB students typically study six subjects, with three at HL and three at SL. Having Mathematics at HL level offers broad flexibility, enabling you to apply to various study programs like medicine, management, technical, or humanities.
  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences: If you have Mathematics at SL level, you must pair it with a Natural Science subject (Physics, Chemistry, or Biology) at HL level. This combination gives you a subject restricted entrance. With Physics or Chemistry at HL, you can apply for Technical or Natural Science courses. On the other hand, with Biology at HL; you can apply for a bachelor’s in Biology oriented field like Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Plant Sciences, etc. 
  • Grade Requirements: A minimum total grade of 24 is necessary, with no subject scoring less than 4. Keep in mind that a single grade 3 can be balanced by a grade 5, as long as they are of the same difficulty level. However, one grade 3 at HL cannot be compensated by a grade 5 from another SL subject.

Cambridge Board Students: Post-2024 Requirements

If you’re following the Cambridge board curriculum and aiming to study in Germany from the 2024 session onward, here’s what you need to know:

  • Independent Subjects: You must have studied three independent subjects at A-level and attained at least a grade C. Overlapping subjects like Business Studies and Economics are treated as one subject.
  • Subject Relevance: Your subject choices have a significant impact on the programs you can apply for. For instance, pursuing medicine requires Biology at A-level, while technical programs mandate Physics, Chemistry, or Mathematics at A-level.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I change my subject combination during grades 11 and 12 for IB studies?
    No, maintaining the same subject combination throughout both grades is vital to retain direct access to German public universities. With change in subjects, you have to do a Studienkolleg or one year of university studies like CBSE/ISCE students.
  2. Can I compensate for a grade 3 with a grade 5 in a different subject?
    Yes, as long as they are of the same difficulty level (HL to HL or SL to SL).
  3. What if I want to study medicine with the Cambridge board curriculum?
    You must have studied Biology at A-level to be eligible for medicine programs and mainitain the required grade as getting a study place in Medicine is highly competitive in Germany. You can though improve your grades by taking a TestAS examination.
  4. Are overlapping subjects considered separate for Cambridge board students?
    No, overlapping subjects like Business Studies and Economics are treated as one subject against the required 3 A-level subjects.
  5. How can I get assistance with understanding these requirements and applying to German universities?
    Reach out to Study Feeds, where experts can guide you through the requirements and even help with the application and the visa process.

Navigating the requirements for studying in Germany with an IB or Cambridge board background doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By understanding the subject combinations and grade expectations, you’ll be well-prepared to embark on your educational journey in this vibrant and academically rich country. Remember, careful planning and wise subject choices are the keys to unlocking your path to German universities. For expert advice and guidance, contact Study Feeds to explore tuition-free study options in Germany.

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