FAQ – Medical residency in Germany

Facharzt JETZT presents to you the most detailed and comprehensive questions and answers list to medical residency in Germany.


We wrote the information in the form of questions and answers and divided the questions into groups (e.g., travel, required documents, job interviews, etc.). We answered each question briefly, and for a detailed answer, we provided a link to an article.

• What is Facharzt JETZT?

What is Facharzt JETZT?

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• steps to start a medical residency in Germany

What are the steps to start a medical residency in Germany?

I want to study medicine in Germany. What are the steps? The cost? Number of years of study?

• Are you thinking about coming to Germany?

What is the difference between medical specialization and working as a doctor between Germany and America? what is the best?

u003cstrongu003eWhat is the difference between medical specialization and working as a doctor between Germany, America, Britain, Canada, and Australia?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eI heard that Germany does not need more doctors and that I will not find a job in Germany. Is that true?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eHow many years of medical residency in Germany?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eWhat medical specialties are available in Germany?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eHow much time do I need to equalize my certificates and obtain German permanent medical license (die Approbation)?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eWhat is the cost of medical specialization in Germany? Or how much money do I need before I can receive my first salary as a doctor in Germany?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eI cannot understand the discussions taking place in groups about Germany, because the participants write German words. Do you have a translation for these words?u003c/strongu003e

• Gleich/recognition of my degree, required documents, and application for (🇩🇪 Approbation)

u003cstrongu003eWhat are the required documents to apply for Approbation in Germany?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eDo I have to translate all my documents? Where should I translate them? And What should I pay attention to during translation?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eDo I need documents such as a university certificate authenticated before coming to Germany? What does it mean to attest documents, and where should I do it?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eWhat is a Gleich (gleich oder die Gleichwertigkeit)?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eIn which authority can I apply for permanent medical license in Germany?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eHow do I know if my university degree will be recognized in Germany?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eWhat is the importance of work certificates in Germany?u003c/strongu003e

Conditions for applying for appropriation and obtaining it

u003cstrongu003eIs an internship year necessary to work in Germany? What is the internship year basically?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eIs it possible to do an internship year in Germany?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eIs the internship year considered a year of experience through which you can obtain a higher salary in Germany? Yes, but not in all medical unions.u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eWhat is the difference between Approbation vs Berufserlaubnis?u003c/strongu003e

• Exams required for medical license

u003cstrongu003eWhat exams are required of me to equate my university degree and begin the medical specialty in Germany?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eWhat is the Medical Language Exam – Fachsprachenprüfung (FSP)?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eHow can I prepare to take the Medical Language Exam – Fachsprachenprüfung (FSP)?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eWhat is the Medical Knowledge Exam (die Kenntnisprüfung – KP)?u003c/strongu003e

• Study in Germany as an alternative to medical specialization

u003cstrongu003eCan doctors choose the academic path and obtain a master’s degree and doctorate degree in Germany? Yes!u003c/strongu003e

Can I pursue a medical specialty and at the same time do research and teach at universities in the future? Yes!

• Traveling to Germany:

– Travel visa for medical license in Germany

u003cstrongu003eWhat are the types of visas to come to Germany?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eHow can I bring my wife and children with me to Germany?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eWhat documents are required for a long-term visa?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eWhat is a financial guarantee or bank guarantee and what are its conditions?u003c/strongu003e

– Closed bank account (Sperrkonto)

u003cstrongu003eWhat is a closed bank account (das Sperrkonto)?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eWhat are the banks through which a closed bank account (das Sperrkonto) can be opened?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eI would like to open an account at Fintiba Bank. Is there more information about that?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eI do not have sufficient funds for the closed bank account. Can a closed bank account be avoided? Yes, sometimes.u003c/strongu003e

– Family reunification: bringing a husband, wife or children

u003cstrongu003eHow can I bring my wife and children with me to Germany?u003c/strongu003e

– Hospitation/ medical training towards medical specialization in Germany

u003cstrongu003eWhat is Hospitation?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eHow can I get Hospitation?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eIs Hospitation absolutely necessary to pass the medical language exam?u003c/strongu003e

• Job application and interviews

u003cstrongu003eHow can I find and apply for job offers to start and work in the medical specialty period in Germany? What should I write in job application emails? What documents should I attach to my email?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eIf I have a job interview in Germany (Vorstellungsgespräch), how do I travel to the hospital? What should I wear? What exactly happens in the interview? What are the hospital’s goals for the interview?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eWhat are the most common interview questions for doctors in Germany?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eDo you have a free CV template in German that meets the requirements of the German authorities? What are the common mistakes in writing a CV?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eIs there anyone who can help me get a job as a doctor in Germany?u003c/strongu003e

• After getting a job in Germany

u003cstrongu003eWhat are the required documents and the steps you must take after accepting a job?u003c/strongu003e

• Financial and work matters before obtaining Approbation

u003cstrongu003eCan I work before obtaining medical license? Can you explain to me what a mini-job is?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eI heard that I can recover part of the many taxes I pay by filing a tax return (die Steuererklärung). Is this correct?u003c/strongu003e

• Learn the German language

u003cstrongu003eFor doctors and medical specialties: How do I learn German quickly?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eAre there free resources for learning German?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eHow much time do I need to learn German?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eCan learning German be made fun?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eIs learning German easy or difficult?u003c/strongu003e

• Important articles about life in Germany

u003cstrongu003eDo you have tips on how to find housing in Germany?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eWhat is an Anmeldung (Residence Registration) (Die Anmeldung)?u003c/strongu003e

• After obtaining the German Board (Facharzt JETZT)

u003cstrongu003eWhich countries in the world recognize the German Board and you can work directly there and at what rank?u003c/strongu003e

u003cstrongu003eWhat is the way to modify the German Board to work in Britain and the United Kingdom in general?u003c/strongu003e

We have many other articles about medical specialization in Germany, and they can be accessed here: in Arabic and English.

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