The State Examination is the final examination for programmes leading to professions for which the state is the main employer and it is in the interest of the state that professionals are properly qualified (as with doctors, pharmacists, and jurists). There are standardised state and national legal regulations for the training and examinations in programmes which are concluded by the State Examination.
The state examination for the following subjects – excluding teaching qualification – can be taken in Heidelberg:
- Medicine (students studying in Heidelberg)
- Medicine (students studying in Mannheim)
At Heidelberg University you can acquire the teaching qualification for all subjects with the exception of Catholic Theology (Katholische Theologie) and Folklore Studies (Volkskunde). Jewish Religion is taught at the University for Jewish Studies.