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Intercultural Program for Freshmen (ICPF)

ICPF MED / ICPF MED PLUS is a program that has been designed for Medical Students and Professionals to further study or work in Non-EU countries or in Germany.  

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To be eligible for this candidates have to go through Fachspracheprüfung (a Medical language exam) & a knowledge exam called the MAP program. And, this ICPF program helps prepare for the same that can be booked separately.  

Dentists are prepared until Fachspracheprüfung (an assessment will be performed to determine whether yours is equivalent to German education) and need to work as assistant dentists to gain enough practical knowledge before appearing for the Kenntnisprüfung.

ICPF MED / ICPF MED PLUS Program is Offered in Two Formats

15 Months ICPF MED Program

9 Months ICPF MED PLUS Program

  • ICPF Med 15 months is for Europeans or foreigners with long-term visa
  • ICPF Med-Plus 9 months is for non-Europeans, German B1 certificate (Goethe Institut, Telc or ÖsD) obligatory

After completing a minimum of 5 years of medical studies from non-EU countries, all the doctors have to go through two exams to be recognized as a Doctor or Dentist in EU-Country Germany. Both the exams are organized by the respective Ministry of Healthcare in cooperation with the concerned Medical or Dental council of that particular state. If candidates clear both the exams they will be eligible for all the German states. 

Exam 1 – Fachsprachprüfung:  This is a language-based medical exam and will test the all required medical skills of candidates through a language test. 
Exam 2 – Kenntnisprüfung:  To be recognized as a doctor or dentist in Germany, the student’s knowledge has to match with the knowledge of a German Medical Student (Human Medizin). Passing this exam will be proof of the same. The format of this exam is a combination of oral and practicals, that is a Viva exam with practicals. This exam is also known as the Approbation exam or Equivalence exam. 
During ICPF Med coursework itself, students can apply for the Fachsprachprüfung (without having a job offer) in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as they are registered students of the college/university and are living in the state. The Fachsprachprüfung date more or less coincides with the internal exam (Telc Certified) of the ICPF Med Program thereby students do not lose time by waiting for the exam date.

Fachsprachprüfung: ICPF Med prepares students for the Fachsprachprüfung (sometimes called in short FSP or FASP). This exam is divided into 3 parts with every 20 mins and is in the German Language.

  • The first 20 mins for patient handling i.e. patient-doctor conversation.
  • The next 20 mins are to explain to other colleagues i.e doctor-doctor conversation.
  • And the final 20 mins is for case sheet writing.

To get a temporary work license that allows working in hospitals and parallelly prepare for the approbation exam (Kenntnisprüfung) or continue further to prepare for exam 2 (i.e Kenntnisprüfung), every student has to pass the Fachsprachprüfung exam. 


  • Since the examiners are medical persons, the focus of exam questions would be more related to the medical field than the language component.
  • All states in Germany conduct the Fachsprachprüfung exam via their respective Healthcare ministry or Medical/Dental council. Hence, to determine which state conducts the exam, it is important to get a job offer from a hospital/clinic in that particular state, only then can one apply for the Fachsprachprüfung. Also, each state has a different time to get an examination date (4-8 months). But there is an exception to the rule and that is if the candidate is living in a particular state for more than 6 months, then can apply for the exam as well as for the Kenntnisprüfung exam without having a job offer.
  • Once the candidate completes this test successfully under one state, he or she will be eligible for all other states in Germany. In other words, they don’t have to repeat the exam for a different state if they late want to change the state. However, they need to write the Kenntnisprüfung in that state.

So the key is being well versed in the German Language in order to pass the exam, to be able to express medical terminologies and explain patient, colleagues & write down the diagnosis and to be familiar with the German medical system and the German culture, German history.

This ICPF Med coursework is framed such that foreign medical doctors familiarize with the German health care system, day to day work life as a medical doctor in a German hospital, correspondence among doctors, nurses, and patients, and with the writing of case sheets.

Kenntnisprüfung: This is a Knowledge Exam or approbation exam that a medical doctor or a dentist must pass to gain a permanent license to work in Germany. After obtaining this license, the candidate can start on further specialization by working as an assistant doctor. Every hospital can provide certain years of training in a particular field of specialization.

Exam art: It usually takes half a day and is practical and viva combined. Candidates are asked to examine a real patient at the hospital in the presence of a panel of examiners. Upon completion, a viva session is planned where the examiners would be asking questions from any field of medicine.

Medical fields: Students must be well versed in Internal medicine, Surgery, Pharmacology, Emergency medicine, Urology, Clinical pathology, etc.

MAP- Medical Approbation Preparation module of ICPF MED is framed so that all the topics which are necessary for the Kenntnisprüfung are covered (Internal medicine, general medicine, surgery, clinical pathology, emergency medicine, pharmacology, etc). Note: This is the last module that will be taught to students prior to the exam, as here it’s very important that the students are well versed in the German language and medical terminologies as only then they will be able to understand and pass the exam. As modules are fields based and exams are conducted regularly and no time could be spent on the language or the understanding part of a specific term. 
ICPF MED stresses candidates to concentrate on the language, medical terminologies very seriously and also provide family contacts, language evenings, intercultural classes, etc.

Dental fields: The following tasks have to be solved on the phantom head: tooth/teeth prepared for the crown, polishing, amalgam filling, root canal treatment, filling. Important questions will also arise on prevention, prosthetics, and orthodontics. X-ray machines must also be operated and analyzed during the exam and proper instructions to the assistants must be given.

The working rights can start once the students are familiar with the basic German Language (to communicate) and the medical curriculum is completed.

Students visit hospitals and get direct hands-on experience on various matters involved in the everyday life of a Medical doctor (Patient Room, Operation theatre, Hospital System, different fields familiarizing it, etc., but they do not handle patients directly or prescribe medicines but can observe during this period).

Note: Observerships can be provided to students only after the completion of the B2 level of General German and the Medical module.