It is possible to begin your human medicine study or dentistry study in the winter or summer semesters at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (JGU).
The application for admission takes place online via the website of the Foundation for University Admission ('Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung'), there are two application deadlines per year. You find further information about the application procedures on the Central Office for University Admission at hochschulstart.de. It is not possible to apply directly to either the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz or the Universitätsmedizin Mainz.
Since the winter semester 2010/2011, in the 'selection to the universities' ('Auswahlverfahren der Hochschulen'), the JGU Mainz has been offering all university places according to an A-level-average-rating ('Abiturdurchschnittsnote') and the result of the 'Test for Medical Degrees' ('TMS'). Only applicants who have given Mainz as their 1st – 3rd choice for their preferred location will be considered. The TMS has been introduced as an additional selection criterion, alongside the A-level-average-rating, in order to give those more interested in studying medicine a chance for a spot in the program.
The TMS is a science-based, specialised study ability test which is carried out simultaneously in more than 25 test locations in Germany. In addition to the Universitätsmedizin Mainz, all other universities in Baden-Wurttemberg offering medical studies, as well as some other universities (Lübeck, Bochum), will take the test results into consideration in their selection procedures.
Participation in the TMS is voluntary. The applicants can independently decide whether the inclusion of the test results would improve their individual chances in the selection procedure or not. If the test result is submitted, the A-Level-grade ('Abiturabschlussnote') of 51% and the TMS result of 49% will be entered in the ranking of the applicants for a study place. The TMS would definitely not impair the applicant’s chances because the allocation of university places automatically checks whether the test result is better than the A-level-grade ('Abiturabschlussnote').
Starting in the 2011 summer semester, applicants with a successful professional training in public health get a score-bonus ('Notenwert') of 0.4. In accordance with the regulations for the allocation of study places ('Studienplatzvergabeverordnung [StPVVO]') in Rhineland-Palatinate. Health professions which will be considered are as follows:
Nurses for the elderly;
Occupational health nurses and paediatric nurses;
Occupational health nurses
Midwives / male midwives;
Masseuses and masseurs, as well as baineotherapists;
Medical laboratory scientists and medical laboratory scientists for functional diagnostics;
Medical laboratory assistants;
Medical laboratory assistant for radiology;
Pharmaceutical technical assistants;
Veterinary medical laboratory assistants.
You get information about the selection criteria at the Ordinance of the allocation of study places (Studienplatzvergabeverordnung (Pdf-file, 336.7 KB)), of the selection-statute at the Johannes Gutenberg-University (Auswahlsatzung der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Pdf-file, 165.2 KB)) as well as from the decision from the Faculty Council of the Universitätsmedizin Mainz about the conditions to participation at the TMS (Beschluss des Fachbereichsrates der Universitätsmedizin über die für die Teilnahme am TMS geltenden Bedingungen (Pdf-file, 25.3 KB)).
The TMS takes place once a year. The next test has been set for the 7th May 2011. The registration for this is from the 1st December 2010 to the 15th January 2011 (cut-off period), see http://www.tms-info.org/. On this site, you will find further information about the TMS as well as practice exercises.