Foreign doctors who wish to practise in Karlsruhe must first prove that they have sufficient language skills. Basic German is not enough because you need to be able to communicate with patients and colleagues at a high level. You can prove your language skills by taking the Fachsprachenprüfung (FSP). The language school Aktiv in Karlsruhe prepares you for this exam with intensive courses and individual lessons.
German Courses for Doctors & Medical Practitioners in Karlsruhe

How to acquire language skills at a high level

In order to successfully participate in the professional language examination, you need knowledge at the C1 level, as this is the only way you can communicate with professional colleagues in German. Level B2 is sufficient for daily conversations with patients. The type and duration of the preparatory course depend on your previous education. If you already know German well, you can start the preparatory course straight away. If, on the other hand, your language skills are not yet that advanced, you should attend more general courses first. If you are unable to accurately assess your current language skills, we recommend our free placement test. You can take this test on our website or in our offices in Karlsruhe.

Exam preparation through an intensive course

Assuming sufficient basic knowledge of German, the intensive course lasts 2 months. You will have daily lessons from 9:00 to 12:00. You will practise the German language using concrete examples taken from the working environment of a medical doctor. The groups are small so that you often have the opportunity to practise the German language. If you took your exam in a country of the European Union, you can take the professional language exam directly at Sprachschule Aktiv in Karlsruhe. If this is not the case, you take the exam at the medical association. Location makes difference, because in both cases, the exam topics are similar.

The costs & start dates:

The course consists of two modules, each lasting one month. The entire course costs 1198 Euros. You can also book only one module, which costs 699 Euros. For optimal preparation we recommend that you take both modules.

1. Modul (Dauer = 1 Monat) 

  • Struktur der FSP Prüfung und Einführung
  • Skript Fachwortschatz versus Patientensprache Teil 1
  • Krankheitsbilder: Herz-Kreislauf, Erkrankungen der Lunge und Atemwege, Infektionskrankheiten
  • Anamnesegespräch (Grammatik, Leitfaden etc.)
  • Patientenvorstellung Arzt-Arzt Brief (schriftliche Dokumentation)
  • Grammatik (Konjunktiv 1, Präteritum etc.)

2. Modul (Dauer = 1 Monat)

  • Skript Fachwortschatz versus Patientensprache Teil 2
  • Krankheitsbilder: Neurologische Erkrankungen, gastrointestinales System, Erkrankungen der Niere
  • Fallvorstellung beim Oberarzt, Präsentation und Strategie des Gesprächs
  • Leseverstehen, Hörverstehen, schriftlicher Ausdruck TelcB2/C1 Fachsprachenprüfung
  • Aufklärungsgespräch mit Patienten (Erklärung der Behandlungen)
  • Gesprächstechniken für den mündlichen Ausdruck
  • Prüfungssimulation in Echtzeit mit Bewertung
German intensive courseCourse startDateTimes
January08.01.2024Monday to Friday9:00 bis 12:00 Uhr oder 18:00 – 21:00 Uhr
February05.02.2024Monday to Friday9:00 bis 12:00 Uhr oder 18:00 – 21:00 Uhr
March04.03.2024Monday to Friday9:00 bis 12:00 Uhr oder 18:00 – 21:00 Uhr
April01.04.2024Monday to Friday9:00 bis 12:00 Uhr oder 18:00 – 21:00 Uhr
May06.05.2024Monday to Friday9:00 bis 12:00 Uhr oder 18:00 – 21:00 Uhr
June03.06.2024Monday to Friday9:00 bis 12:00 Uhr oder 18:00 – 21:00 Uhr
July01.07.2024Monday to Friday9:00 bis 12:00 Uhr oder 18:00 – 21:00 Uhr
August 05.08.2024Monday to Friday9:00 bis 12:00 Uhr oder 18:00 – 21:00 Uhr
September02.09.2024Monday to Friday9:00 bis 12:00 Uhr oder 18:00 – 21:00 Uhr
October30.09.2024Monday to Friday9:00 bis 12:00 Uhr oder 18:00 – 21:00 Uhr
November28.10.2024Monday to Friday9:00 bis 12:00 Uhr oder 18:00 – 21:00 Uhr
December25.11.2024Monday to Friday9:00 bis 12:00 Uhr oder 18:00 – 21:00 Uhr
Duration8 weeks per level, each level every month
Course start: first Monday of the month

Dates: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00

Price for 4 weeks: 699 €
Price for 8 weeks: 1.198 €

Exam preparation by a private teacher

If you are unable to attend classes regularly or if the journey to Karlsruhe is not convenient, we will be happy to find a private teacher for you. This teacher will also provide you intensive preparation for the technical language examination.

Price per hour:
Up to 19 lessons: 42 Euros per hour From 20-29 lessons: 40 Euros per hour
From 30 or more lessons: 38 Euros per hour

Our specialist teachers are native speakers with previous medical training

We only leave the preparation course for the FSP to very specific teachers. Like all our language teachers, they have pedagogical training and are native speakers of German. In addition, we make sure that they have a medical background, i.e. that they can teach you the vocabulary of a doctor. They know the demands you face as a doctor in daily practice.

Benefit from our service

If you have any further questions about our FSP preparation courses, simply call our staff. As with every course, the first lesson is a trial lesson. We carefully look after our course participants later on because we want you to pass the exam successfully. Sprachschule Aktiv in Karlsruhe will support you in achieving your goal