🇩🇪 Medical residency in Germany for EU citizens or graduates

• Introduction

In this article, we are going to talk about getting a German permanent medical license (🇩🇪 die Approbation) for graduates from universities of the European Union (EU) 🇪🇺 or of the European Economic Area (EEA). The medical license is a prerequisite to begin a medical residency in Germany for EU citizens or graduates.

In Germany, the nationalities of foreign doctors do not play a role in getting a German permanent medical license. What is important is the countries of the universities where they studied medicine.

• Countries that are part of the EU/EEA

The following article lists all of these countries:

• Exams required from international medical graduates (IMG)

To get a German medical license, foreign doctors need to do either one or two of the following exams:

Medical Language Exam (🇩🇪 Fachsprachenprüfung)
Medical Knowledge Exam (🇩🇪 Kenntnisprüfung)

The hardest exam is the last one. The first exam is simply a language exam. More details about each exam are in the following articles:

• The advantages for EU/EEA graduates

They do not need to do the Medical Knowledge Exam.🥳🥳🥳 That means, that they only need to learn good German. That was it 🙂

EU/EEA graduatesNon EU/EEA graduates
Medical Language Exam (🇩🇪 Fachsprachenprüfung)Always yesAlways yes
Medical Knowledge Exam (🇩🇪 Kenntnisprüfung)Always noSometimes yes, sometimes no
(full details here)

💡 If you studied in the EU/EEA, then you can easily get a German permanent medical license (🇩🇪 die Approbation) 🥳🥳

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• All steps for medical residency in Germany for EU citizens or graduates

They need to follow all the ten steps in the following article except step number 9 (= They do not need to do a medical knowledge exam (🇩🇪 die Kenntnisprüfung)).

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