MediCarrera’s Free Intensive Language Course for Doctors and Nurses
It is known, that different language levels are required to get a medical license in certain countries of Scandinavia. In Sweden, for example, the C1 level is required, while some regions in Denmark and Norway only expect B2 level.
Once the candidate formally accepts a job offer from the hospital, we offer them a free intensive language course for the entire family. Next, we will walk you through the benefits.
The language course is well structured and it always starts with getting a basic knowledge of the language from an online platform called Rosetta Stone. This is for the participants to acclimate to the language since as soon as the intensive course starts, the classes will be spoken in the specific languages.
The course is proven to be incredibly efficient and quite hard. The Swedish and Norwegian intensive course takes around 4 months, while the Danish one takes around 5 months.
The primary aim is to fully and adequately prepare specialists for both life and work in Scandinavia.
The ‘learning by doing’ concept
We firmly believe in the concept of ‘learning by doing’. During the first two weeks, there might be some side communication in English which helps the participants to understand better. After the third week, it is obligatory to only speak the language they are learning. Even though this sounds intense and challenging, everyone is on the same level and the majority of participants feel comfortable speaking to each other. When specialists start the new job, colleagues tend to approach them in English but most of the specialists ask them to speak their native language in order to learn quicker. This concept is absolutely necessary to reach the language level required for the relocation.
We are proud to say that 98% of the participants get their language certificate.
The essence of our approach is that the whole family is included from the very beginning of the process. They participate in the intensive course in order to learn the language as fast and efficient as possible. Since every relocation is different, we try to find the best possible solution for each family. The specialist will focus on learning the medical language together with the other doctors, whereas the family members will focus on learning daily vocabulary.
Culture and country related traditions are discussed in every course, in order to prepare everyone for the relocation.
“The essence of our approach is that the whole family is included from the very beginning of the process. They participate in the intensive course in order to learn the language as fast and efficient as possible.”
Both during the course and after, engagement is of utmost importance for the specialists. During the course, they are allowed to speak freely and ask for extra help when needed. Although the course is hard, the workload is well organised and therefore achievable to keep up with. After the course, they can, and most of them will stay in touch with the teachers, who are always available for any doubts or further explanations. Specialists sometimes find a contact person in the hospital they work at, who can help them during the first couple of months.
We want to share some of the experiences from the Specialists doctors and nurses from all over Europe who relocated to Scandinavia and learned the new languages:
“Luckily, there was no major problem with the language. However, it was a bit difficult to understand some people, who are from very small villages, because of the strong dialect. But this happens to native speakers, who have been speaking Norwegian all of their life, as well! Now, after a while, it has become easier to speak Norwegian than English.”
“The language course was really structured. We had an amazing teacher, who I would like to thank for being so strict with us. It helped us a lot once we moved. Plus it was quite gratifying to see people surprised when they heard us speaking Danish! I don’t deny that the first months were tough. Learning a new language from scratch is always a bit hard but we eventually got familiar with it”.
“They predicted we would experience difficulties at a certain point in the language course. And they were right! We hit a wall and lost our confidence at one point, but then they encouraged us, kept our motivation up and we managed to get through the most difficult part.”