Dentist Residency in Germany (BDS/MDS)

If you want to work permanently in your Dental profession in the Federal Republic of Germany, you need a license.

Knowledge of German

Proof of general language and technical language in German must be provided before a license or professional license is issued. These relate to the oral and written general language and the technical language, i.e. the language necessary for medical work.

They should be able to communicate spontaneously and largely fluently, especially with the patients, and understand and reproduce complex texts and specialist discussions on medical topics.

Basically, an examination of the requirements of level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR) is to be demonstrated for general language.

Proof of this is not required if you have passed a German-language final exam, knowledge or advanced training exam, you are native speaker or have obtained university entrance qualification at a German-speaking school.

The specialist language test is carried out by the chambers of doctors, dentists or pharmacists known as FACHSPRACHEN PRÜFUNG (FSP).

Form of the documents-Originals

All documents must be submitted in the original. Simple copies or documents sent by email are not sufficient. If evidence is not submitted in the original, it must be presented in an officially certified copy.


Foreign language documents, even if they are written in English, must be accompanied by a qualified translation. A qualified translation is a translation made by a publicly appointed or sworn interpreter or translator in Germany. Translations made by translators who are not recognized in Germany cannot be accepted.

Certificates of authenticity

All documents that have been issued outside the European Union must be presented with a certificate of authenticity.


A fee of between 150 and 1,000 Euros is charged for the decision on the license to practice medicine. The amount of the fee depends in each individual case on the administrative work involved in processing the application. For the above-mentioned reason, We ask you to submit all the documents. If copied documents have to be checked for their correspondence with their originals or if photocopies have to be made here. Separate costs can arise for the preparation of an expert opinion to determine the reference qualification, the equivalence of the training and the authenticity of documents. The chambers and the state examination office charge separate fees for taking the technical language tests and the proficiency and knowledge tests.

Proof of identity

As a rule, the identity of a person is evidenced by the presentation of a valid official personal document, with which the passport and ID card obligation is fulfilled in Germany. For nationals of a member state of the European Union or another contracting state of the Agreement on the European Economic Area or a contracting state to which Germany and the European Community or Germany and the European Union have contractually granted a corresponding legal claim, (European states) the template is usually sufficient a copy of your identity card or passport. Data that is not required for identification should be blackened on the copy. This applies to the printed access and serial number.

Knowledge test

Important information about the knowledge test for Dentists:

  • Prepare for the exam from the day you register.
  • When you have paid the fee, you will receive the next free appointment. Please pay the fee even if you want to postpone the appointment.
  • The test can be carried out in all of German states. Please understand that the desired dates and locations cannot be taken into account.
  • You will find out at the latest 5 days before the exam date when and where your exam is .The Dental Council cannot provide information by telephone. 
  • You can only postpone or cancel the exam if you have an important reason (e.g. illness, accident, and death of a close family member).
  • You can take the knowledge test twice if you fail.
  • If your address, telephone number or e-mail addresses changes, please inform us immediately. If your address is not correct, the post cannot reach you and you will be de-registered from the exam. The waiting time starts again when you have to register again.
  • If you are pregnant, please send a certificate from a specialist in gyneacology that you can still take the exam.

Dentist Language Exam (Fachsprachprüfung– FSP)

Since the second half of 2014, the State Dental Associations has been taking over the technical language test for foreign dentists for the district governments.

Course of the proceedings

The processing of applications for the approval as a matter of responsibility lies with the district government .The district governments send the contact details of the examinees.

Note: It is not possible to register personally with the Dental Council, you have to send all inquiries regarding obtaining your license to the district government!

After the Dental Council has received the data from the respective district government, they usually contact the applicant by e-mail and ask them to transfer the administrative fee for the technical language exam.

Note: This also applies to repeat exams!

After receipt of the fee, the applicant will be informed of the next possible exam date.

Note: The time is to be observed precisely, because a late or NO appearance is considered as failed attempt in the exam.

The place of examination will be the Dental Association of the respective state.

Exam procedure

The technical language test is designed to be as practical as possible. All elements can be found in everyday dental practice. The examination only refers to the technical language and not to the basic knowledge of dentistry. 

The 60-minute exam is divided into 3 stations of 20 minutes each:

  • Dentist-patient interview
  • Documentation
  • Dentist-dentist conversation

Dentist-Patient interview (ward 1)

The examinee conducts a medical history interview with a fictitious patient as part of a simulated dentist-patient discussion. 

The history taking is done exactly as it was learned in the course of the study and in the form of questioning the patient about his symptoms. 

After the examinee has made an impression of the patient, he explains his suspected diagnosis and makes suggestions for further treatment and therapy to the patient. 

Note: There is no clinical examination.


Documentation (ward 2)

The examinee is to transfer the patient's self-collected medical history into, for example, a medical report / doctor's letter, etc. The report of findings / letter to the doctor should contain the aspects and knowledge gained in ward 1.

Dentist-dentist discussion (ward 3)

The examinee sits with two or three dentists and presents the patients seen in ward 1. The written report / doctor's letter from ward 2 will be given to the examiners.

It must be communicated in the dental language. The examinee should also explain his own assessment and ideas for further treatment.

Tools during the exam

Each candidate is given an empty notepad and a pen. Other aids (such as specialist literature, mobile phones and smart phones) are not permitted. Also, no handbags, jackets, coats or the like may be taken into the examination rooms.

Note: During the test, telephoning and any contact with uninvolved persons are considered an attempt to deceive and lead to the test not being passed.


Qualification for dentists

In order to obtain a license to practice dentistry, you must present certain documents and proofs. You will require the language examination on level B2. You will also need the C1 level language test and the knowledge test (study of dentistry in a non-EU country).

Goals and contents of the training course

The Eurizone Education Pvt. Ltd teaches specialist language and communication skills in the field of dentistry. The aim is to pass the C1 level examination for dentists and therefore the training is structured as follows:

Module I: 4 weeks

Basics of dental communication. Technical terms and communication structures.

Module II: 4 weeks

In this course you’ll learn more about the technical language you’ve got already learned and the way to use it in simulated patient scenarios.

At the top of the course there’ll be a patient communication test in dentistry, which all participants need to pass. In addition, these advanced courses are taught by qualified teachers within the field of dentistry.

Participation requirements for “Communication Module I and II”

You should have completed a university degree in dentistry and have language skills on level B2. In addition, you should pass the placement test.

Knowledge test for dentists

To ensure patient protection and the quality-oriented practice of the dental profession, the law on the practice of dentistry has been amended accordingly that if training in a non-EU country does not give the training equivalence or can only be determined with unreasonable effort, an equivalent level of knowledge must be demonstrated for the Approbation to be issued.

This evidence is provided by taking an examination (knowledge test). Even for applicants with training certificates from EU countries, the license to practice dentistry can only be granted if the equivalence of the level of knowledge has been demonstrated. A suitability test may then be carried out for these.

Conducting the knowledge test

The examination is to be requested from the German Dental Council (application form). For this reason, you will receive the dates and the invitation to the exam from the Dental Association and must pay the fees there.

The examination board consists of the chairperson and three to four other members. The knowledge test is an oral-practical exam (on the phantom head) and takes place in the University Medical Center, Center for Dental, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

The knowledge test has been successfully completed if the examination committee takes an overall view of the achievements in the above mentioned. At the end of the examination, the chairperson of the examination board will inform the candidate whether there is an equivalent level of knowledge or not.

After passing the knowledge test:

Approbation is granted on application, if the other requirements are also met (health and personal suitability, passed specialist language test).

Failed knowledge test:

The knowledge test can only be repeated twice. Between the exams, a temporary license can be issued with restrictions for a maximum of 1 year if the examination board has determined that working as a dentist is possible without affecting the health of the patient.


The application for participation in the knowledge test can be submitted to the German Dental Council. Application can be submitted by the one who:

  1. has met the legal requirements for the granting of the license or the temporary exercise of the dental profession,
  2. can prove an employment position in the hospital.

The following documents must be submitted in the German Dental Council of the respective state in which you wish to practice further along with all the complete set of documentation and translations (if your documents are not in German Language). Also a handwritten, formulated CV is required which should mention every detail about your education and employment with specific dates.

Preparation for the knowledge test for dentists by our Expert Team

With the intensive dentistry course, the Eurizone Education Pvt. Ltd.  offers targeted preparation for the knowledge test. The seminar is designed for dentists from abroad who have informed their licensing authority that they want to take such an examination to determine the equivalence of their professional knowledge.

The curriculum primarily includes diagnosis and prognosis for dental, oral and maxillofacial diseases, prosthetics / surgery, tooth maintenance / periodontology, pharmacology and radiation protection. In addition, there are legal aspects in dentistry, dental terminology for diagnostics and therapy, and information on the structure and structure of the healthcare system, with a particular focus on dentistry. Exam training is carried out.

The Eurizone Education Pvt. Ltd works together with experienced lecturers who have extensive professional experience as dentists and have the appropriate teaching skills.

A good knowledge of the German language is a prerequisite for participation. Language skills must include level B2 / C1 and include technical language skills. As a rule, the participants have already passed a technical language test in front of their competent state dental association and have gained practical work experience in Germany. Eurizone Education Pvt. Ltd works with Dentist who have previously received a professional license in accordance with Laws and regulations of Germany and deepened their knowledge.

The Eurizone Education Pvt. Ltd has been offering advanced training for foreign dentists for integration into the labor market for many years. The curricula were developed and advised with experienced dentists.

In addition, the Eurizone Education Pvt. Ltd regularly offers preparation for the specialist language test in dentistry. Numerous dentists from abroad have completed these courses and have successfully passed the specialist language test.

Masters of Dental Science (M.D.S.)

MDS may be a postgraduate course in several disciplines of dentistry. A candidate has got to be a Bachelor of Dental Science from a recognized university so as to be eligible for this course.

M.D.S may be a three-year program in India but takes 3 to 5 years in Germany.

Since this knowledgeable or a career-oriented course, students with an M.D.S degree can find various Career Options and Jobs in Dental departments of Hospitals, Dental Clinics, Research Centers, Educational Institutions as Dentists, Dental researcher, Dental Teacher etc.


In different colleges, students would find Master of Dental Health (Public Health) or another variant. These are specializations and not a completely different course.

M.D.S provides the subsequent specializations:

  • Prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge
  • Periodontology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics
  • Oral Pathology and Microbiology
  • Public Health Dentistry
  • Paedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
  • Oral Medicine and Radiology

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