How can you help me work in the field of medicine in Germany?
We’re here every step of the way to help you make the move to Germany. We can find you a job vacancy and prepare you for a job interview. We can help you with diploma accreditation, information support, residence registration, registration at the Office for Migration and financial consultation.
What are the most needed medical specialists in Germany?
Germany is in need of doctors from all disciplines, but there is particular demand for
What salary might I expect in Germany?
You can expect to earn an average starting salary of around €49,000 a year, and doctors can expect to be well paid throughout their careers. But do remember with that comes a big workload and a lot of responsibility. An average salary for an Assistenzarzt, or assistant doctor, is €65,000 per annum, while a Facharzt, or specialist, can expect in the region of €80,000 per annum. At the highest level chief physicians have an average salary of €278,000 per annum.
How to get license to practice medicine in Germany?
- STEP 1: Choosing the right visa (non-EU citizens)
The EU Blue Card is a work and residence permit for non-EU nationals, and it gives you a path to permanent residence and EU citizenship. It’s aim is to attract skilled professionals from non-EU countries to work in Germany. It gives recipients benefits over the basic work permit, such as putting you on a fast track to permanent residency. But there are stringent conditions attached to the EU Blue Card, for instance, you will need a job offer with a starting salary of €38,688 per annum, and your degree must be recognized in Germany.
If you don’t qualify for an EU Blue Card don’t worry, you may be able to get a ‘residence permit for the purpose of gainful employment’. This may be a longer process than acquiring an EU Blue Card, but it is a valid and much used residence permit for Germany, and ultimately gives identical rights as the EU Blue Card.
- STEP TWO: Gaining a medical license
Your final goal if you’re looking to live and work in Germany is the ‘Approbation’, which is the medical license from the German state that allows doctors to work in Germany. It lasts a lifetime and is valid throughout the country.
There are several elements to gaining your ‘Approbation’. Firstly, you need a definite job offer in writing before you apply. You will also need medical standard German at level C1. Next, your qualifications gained in your country of origin need to be gauged as equivalent to similar German qualifications. Evaluation of your academic qualifications by the German state can be lengthy, particularly for diplomas issued in non-EU countries.
You can apply for a ‘Berufserlaubnis’, or temporary medical license, if you have been offered a job. This enables you to work in Germany while your ‘Approbation’ application is being processed and scrutinized.
The good news is that with both the ‘Approbation’ and the ‘Berufserlaubnis’ you can begin to work in Germany, either by studying and working in your medical speciality simultaneously, or as a medical resident. While this can be a lengthy process that might take a few years, you are able to work and earn money. During this time you receive the title of ‘Fachartz’, or medical specialist.
- STEP THREE: Language requirements
To practice medicine in Germany, it is important you gain advanced language skills to communicate with patients and colleagues clearly and effectively. It is vital you are able to communicate medical diagnoses in an understandable and caring manner.
Therefore you need to prove that you are fluent in general German to at least B2-level.
To gain your ‘Approbation’, you may need to take an exam that tests your oral and written German medical knowledge, called the ‘Fachsprachenfrüfung’. We offer courses that prepare you for this, working closely with specialized tutors with extensive medical language knowledge and experience.
You can work as a doctor in Germany
Have you thought about pursuing your medical career in another country? If you have, you’ll be pleased to know that Germany is looking for general practitioners, pediatricians and other specialists.
There are a lot of great opportunities for qualified doctors to help meet this skills shortage, especially in smaller towns and more rural areas. Germany has so much to offer in terms of culture and lifestyle and is a great location to complete further education and training.
To take advantage of this opportunity, international doctors must meet many conditions before they can start working, as the German medical profession is strictly regulated.
If you are a junior doctor in training you are entitled to an EU Blue Card, which will make it easier to obtain a residence permit, if you are in an occupation that has a shortage of applicants in Germany. Doctors, however, need to obtain a German license to practice medicine (‘Approbation’), which is where we can help. Read on to discover the steps you need to take to be able to work in German hospitals, clinics and medical practices.
Understanding our services
- We offer online language courses from A1 to B2
- We provide visa assistance, including an individual set of certified documents needed for a potential job
- We can help you to receive the following documents when moving to Germany: diploma accreditation, registration in the Office for Migration, accommodation (a flat or room), residence registration, insurance, informational support, financial consultation as well as the preparation course for the ‘Fachsprachenprüfung’.
- We can help you with job interviews and the signing of an employment contract
Here’s a full list of the paperwork you will need to apply for a license or provisional license to practice medicine in Germany.
- Your birth certificate
- Your marriage certificate
- Your passport or proof of citizenship
- A Curriculum Vitae with photograph including a description of the course of study and professional career
- A proof of complete medical training
- A reference of the last medical employer
- A certificate of good standing
- A clearance certificate from the supreme health authority of your home country, certifying that you are entitled to practice medicine
- A confirmation of knowledge of written and spoken German
- A proof that a German license to practice medicine has been neither filed, nor will be filed, in another federal state. Otherwise, please explain your situation in writing
- Medical certificate which confirms that there are no health-related reasons that you are incapable of, or unsuitable to, practice medicine. This certificate must have been issued in the last three months before the filling of your application
A letter confirming employment at the hospital.
Work in a developed country with a high salary awaits you. And we are here so that the bothers with documents, formalities and search for an employer do not become an obstacle to your dreams and quality changes in life.