I'm finally answering to the most frequently asked question! I’m going to explain to you, how you can start studying medicine or working as a medical doctor in Germany if you’re a foreigner. This is not going to be about how to get the German citizenship however you can read about it here.
So, let’s begin with tip Numero uno.
Tip No 1: Learning the German language
For some people, my words might be harsh, but it’s in any case the most important point to start working in Germany successfully and safely. Honestly, I do not understand how some people can even believe that they can start working here AS A DOCTOR without even saying a normal German sentence.
60% of our patients are over 60 years old and you are lucky to find one of them speaking English and in addition understanding medical English. You not only are going to jeopardize your patients lifes, but you might also lose your license and even worse: be sent to prison.
What I’ve experienced with foreign friends of mine who are now working as medical doctors is: they had German lessons in their country and have completed with B1 or B2, but understood only little of our conversations, when they’ve come to Germany.
The reason is, that learning the language in another country is a totally different thing to do than speaking and using the language in everyday life. And dialects in Germany vary that much, that I, too, have trouble to understand it sometimes.
So, if you have the opportunity: Learn German in Germany, you’ll learn it a lot quicker.
Tip No 2: How to get a place at university
A. If you are a citizen of the European Union
To get a place at university you have to apply via online platform hochschulstart.de and send them the required documents, e.g your university entrance qualification of your country.
If you’re lucky to get a place at university, the next step is to register in the appropriate university. You must show your German language skills there, generally by taking an exam called “Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber” abbr. DSH. There are several reasons to be exempted from the test, all necessary details can be found at the corresponding university and on DAAD.
B. if you are an international applicant (not EU)
If you’re from a non-EU-country, you must apply to universities directly. Further information which documents you should submit can be found on the website or at student services of the corresponding university.
Helpful tools for applying:
Uni-assist.de is a very useful (but fee-based, if you’re not a refugee!) internet-platform which is checking and examining your application documents. They even show them to your preferred universities (with whom their cooperating!) so your application is more likely to get accepted.
The examination at uni-assist.de is free of charge for refugees!
The online platform Anabin gives you helpful information about the German recognition of your educational attainments and it's totally free!
Tipp No 3: How to get accepted as a medical doctor in Germany
If you don't know if your educational attainments get recognised in Germany the right platform for you is Anabin. They can show you specific information about your certifications and what you further have to do. Aaaand it's free of charge!
Then you generally have to apply for recognition on the website of the "Landesprüfungsamt von der Bezirksregierung Düsseldorf". They are also responsible for medical students, who want to continue their studies in Germany.
Especially when you're a not-EU medical doctor you have to go through an assessment test, I have all the information linked here.
Tip No 4: How to get a workplace in Germany
Good for you there is a lack of doctors in Germany, so it's not too difficult to get a job here. There are different ways to apply for a job.
1. Look for jobs on the websites of your preferred hospitals. You can also apply if no jobs are offered.
3. Agentur für Arbeit (rarely they know about job vacancies, because they are the last one that know something about job offers)
Tip No 5: How to find a living place in Germany
In contrast to job offers finding a living place in Germany is one of the hardest things to do. But there are also ways to find an apartment:
1. Immoscout24.de: This is a website on which anybody can place his or her apartment for rent or to sell it. Caution! Not every announcement is trustworthy!
2. housing associations (German "Wohnungsgenossenschaften"): My insider tip. That's how I had found my dream apartment. Housing associations have often keen apartments, fair conditions and assume renovations etc.. Just have a look, if they exist in your city.
3. flat share (German "WG"): Nice for making new contacts, sharing high rents or just living not alone, the best website here is wg-gesucht
Any questions left? Feel free to leave a comment or write me an E-Mail!
Wish you good luck!