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Medical Post-graduation in Germany (Facharztausbildung)

Since 2012 doctors from foreign countries (Non-EU) can complete their post-graduation and seek employment in Germany. Medical post-graduation in Germany is regulated by the medical council of the state (Landesärztekammer). To apply for a PG position in Germany, a doctor has to obtain the permanent licence to practice in Germany (Approbation). In this website, we will cover all information a foreign doctors required to migrate to Germany.

Germany is facing shortage of medical professionals; mainly due to retirement and an ageing population. This lead to the decision of accepting doctors from third world countries. The number of foreign medical graduates in Germany are constantly rising since this move. Considering the difficulty in securing post-graduate positions in several countries and the high quality of life it offers, Germany became one of the main destinations for Doctors seeking PG opportunities Abroad. The number of foreign doctors in Germany has increased from 24,595(2011) to 48,672(2018). 51% increase within 7 years!

Foreign Doctors in Germany

Doctors from EU countries accounts for the major community of foreign doctors in Germany. As per the recent statistics, 25,585 doctors from various countries in the EU works in Germany. Compared to 2017, a 3.3 % increase. It is interested to note that doctors, even from other popular destinations for foreign physicians;USA (357),Canada(95),UK (300),Australia (28) and  New Zealand (6) work in Germany. Let´s see the statistics of Asian, African, Non EU European (Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Albania, Bosnia etc.) and South American Doctors. Among Asian countries, most of the doctors comes from Syria, mainly accounts to Syrian Civil War and its consequences from 2011. Germany opened its gates for refugees, whereas most countries did not. A grossly overlooked fact! Contrary to the common belief, Germany is a popular destination among people of Arab origin too.

Background & Trends

Except for the fact that Germany is the most powerful economy among EU nations and one of the most developed and advanced nations in the world, what attracts foreign doctors to do their Specialization in Germany or what inspires Specialists from other countries to migrate and work in Germany?

Advantages of Medical Specialization from Germany

Germany not only allow foreign Doctors to complete specialist training in Germany, but also the security of settlement. This has been achieved through the EU-Blue Card Program, the Visa for highly qualified professionals. A doctor in Specialist Training is a salaried profession (not stipend!) and is considered as a Job, which entitle the candidate for this special category of Visa.  After 21 months of EU-Blue Card, the holder qualifies for a Permanent Residency in Germany! In a nutshell, the advantages compared to many foreign countries are,

Job of 40 Hours/ Week

Weekend Duties, Night Duties, Overtime, Holiday Shifts etc are compensated with extra payment as well as compensatory offs. 

Salary of 4500-5000 €/Month (Basic)

Pre-tax, Social Security & Health and Pension Insurances. Salary are according to TV-Ärzte Tarifsvertrag and almost the same all over Germany except for University Hospitals.

Residency of Choice & Super-Specialty

As Germany has vacancies in all fields, the chance of getting the desired branch is significantly high. Moreover in Germany, you can opt for Direct Super-Specialty

International Recognition

German degrees are highly reputed world-wide. The quality of health care, facilities, technological development etc in Germany are well known too. 

Zero Tuition Fee

Unlike many other countries, Germany offers free education. As medical specialization is considered as a Job, all residents will receive a handsome monthly salary!

Hurdles of Medical Specialization from Germany

German Language

Most of the foreigners face difficulty with the German language, as they had studied basics of medicine in their mother tongue or English. English and German originated from the common ancestor, The Germanic Language. Therefore for the most part, script, pronunciation and words remains the same. Above all, medical terminologies comprises mostly of Latin words. However, mastering the common tongue is the first and most important challenge!

Time Consuming Procedure

Through an intensive course, a candidate will be able to complete the language in an year. However, the bureaucratic hurdles to receive language exam appointments, documentation, knowledge exam appointments, licence etc will stretch the process even further.


To ensure the quality of international graduates, Germany introduced 2 exams. Fachsprachenprüfung or Specific Language Exam to test the language proficiency as well as Kenntnisprüfung or knowledge exam to test the knowledge in medical subjects. However, these are not competitive exams and will not affect selection for post-graduation. 

So, to summarize the pros and cons are;

Pros of Medical Post-Graduation in Germany

1.Comfortable working schedule (40 Hrs/Week)

2.Salary of 4500- 5000/Month

3.High Quality of Life

4.Social Security & Health Insurance

5.Zero tuition fee

6.Residency of Choice

7.Advanced Health Care System & International recognition

Cons of Medical Post-Graduation in Germany are

1.German Language

2.Time Consuming Procedure

3.Language and Knowledge Exams

All these are explained in detail in several sections of this website. If you are interested in pursuing a medical specialization program from Germany, please refer to the Requirements, Steps and Curriculum Sections! Most of the commonly asked questions are answered in the FAQs section. If you are interested in gaining more information regarding the process, please subscribe to our newsletter!

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