MediCarrera’s Free Intensive Language Course for Doctors and Nurses
In order to get a medical license in Scandinavia, it’s necessary to have a certain language level. In Denmark and Norway, you need a B2 level, whereas in Sweden it’s C1. MediCarrera offers a free intensive language course for the entire family after the candidate gets a job offer from the hospital. Find out what are the benefits of the course:
The language course is well structured and it starts with Rosetta Stone, an online platform that teaches basic language skills (A1 – A2 level). As soon as the intensive part with the teacher starts only Swedish, Norwegian or Danish are spoken. 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 of the language course, there might be some side communication in English which helps the participants to understand better. After the third week, it’s obligatory to only speak the language you are learning. This is really intense and challenging for most people but everyone is on the same level, so most of the participants feel comfortable speaking to each other. When specialists start the new job colleagues tend to approach them in English, but most of the specialist 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.
The essence of MediCarrera’s approach is that the whole family is included from the very beginning of the process. They are participating in the free intensive course in order to learn the language as fast and efficient as possible. Since every relocation is different, Medicarrera tries to find the best possible solution for each family. You will focus on learning medical language together with the other doctors, whereas the family members will focus on learning daily vocabulary. In every course, culture and country related traditions are discussed in order to prepare everyone for the relocation.
Both during the course and after, engagement is of utmost importance for the specialists. During the course, you 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, you will often 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.
Specialists and nurses from all over Europe relocated to Scandinavia and learned new languages. Some of them shared their experiences with us:
“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.” – Lukasz, General Surgeon
“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”. – Miriam, Neurologist
“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.” – Mihai, Psychiatrist
MediCarrera makes sure to support the candidates every step of the way. We try to make your journey as smooth as possible. If you made your decision and want to become a part of the Scandinavian public healthcare, register here.