What is the importance of language when moving to a new country?

In order to successfully move out and start living in a new environment, and therefore start working in a new hospital or clinic, it is important to establish successful communication with other colleagues and, of course, with patients. Because languages ​​are not the same and do not have the same global popularity, countries deal in different ways with the requirements they place on practitioners when obtaining a medical license.

“Why would I need to know the language for a job in medicine?”

In medicine, knowledge of the language is simply necessary to provide the patient with the best possible service, which is especially relevant in specializations such as psychiatry or paediatrics, where the language is one of the most important tools, if not the most important, in working with patients. There are situations in which doctors could manage without speaking the language, but in practice, these situations are extremely rare and countries have approached this issue in such a way as to require doctors to comprehend the language at a certain level to officially allow them to practice medicine.

So, for example, countries like Ireland or the United Kingdom require doctors to have IELTS, OET or some of the accepted certificates of proficiency in English, German-speaking countries require a certificate of proficiency in German, France requires knowledge of French and so on. It is for this reason that we advise candidates for these countries to perfect their language, as knowing it opens the door to further employment.

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Since the official language of nordic countries such as Sweden, Denmark and Norway are mostly unknown to the population outside of Scandinavia, these countries have approached the subject in a slightly different way. Therefore, future employers are paying the cost of the language course for doctors and medical staff they will employ so that they can, in a few months, relocate and start working with a mentor and further improving the language.

As everyone’s goal is to maintain and improve the quality of medical services, doctors are required to achieve the required level of service. Just as on the one hand a medical degree guarantees that you are familiar with medical terms and approach, and is necessary for practising medicine, on the other hand, knowledge of the language is a cover that you will successfully communicate with patients and have all the necessary tools to provide righteous care. Playing “Chinese whispers” is an extremely expensive game in a business environment, especially when it comes to human lives and the health of loved ones.

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How rich is the average Irish resident?

The world-famous portal Global Finance reports that Ireland ranked 5th among the richest countries in the world in 2020. According to the International Monetary Fund, when the average standard of living is taken into account, the Republic of Ireland is the second richest country in Europe with Luxembourg being the only country on the old continent where citizens have better purchasing power on average.

To obtain an accurate calculation, the GDP of each country is taken into account and divided by the population of each country. However, to ultimately come to a more accurate result, purchasing power parity is used in the calculation, taking into account costs in the domestic market of goods and services as well as currency inflation over a specific period. The result of this calculation is purchasing power parity, ie a measure that provides the possibility of direct comparison between the purchasing power of residents of different countries, and is expressed in the fictitious currency of international dollars.

The 10 richest countries include:

1. Qatar – $ 132,886
2. Macau – $ 114,363
3. Luxembourg – $ 108,951
4. Singapore – $ 103,181
5. Ireland – $ 83,399
6. Brunei – $ 80,384
7. Norway – $ 76,684
8. United Arab Emirates – $ 69,435
9. Kuwait – $ 66,387
10. Switzerland – $ 66,196


For comparison, Croatia ranks 60th on this list, with residents having a purchasing power of $ 27,729. Therefore, the above data show that the average citizen of Ireland has on average about 3 times more purchasing power than the average citizen of Croatia.

As we provide placement in Europe, in addition to Ireland, we also work in the 7th ranked Norway, Sweden, Denmark, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria and 10th ranked Switzerland. Doctors and nurses interested in additional information about going to one of these countries are welcome to contact us at info@incor.hr and we will happily discuss employment opportunities in your potential future country.

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How to obtain a GMC medical license in the UK after Brexit?

To be eligible to practice the medical profession in the UK, doctors are required to obtain a medical license confirming that you are qualified for practising within the UK. On the occasion of the UK’s exit from the EU, the General Medical Council (GMC), which is the competent body that manages the licensing of doctors in the UK, has adopted new rules that apply during the registration process. In order to make the process easier for you, we bring you updated instructions on how to obtain a GMC license in the UK.


If you are not sure in which application category you need to start the process of registration for a GMC license, here is a short questionnaire that will tell you which group you belong to.


  • Swiss – if you are a Swiss citizen, currently the only way you can get a license is to contact GMC directly with an inquiry, as Switzerland and the UK have reached an agreement on citizens’ rights
  • Doctors coming from outside the EU – First of all, you need to check whether GMC accepts your degree, which you can find out about here. You will also need to pass the PLAB test unless your specialization is on this list of automatically accepted specialisations
  • General practitioners (GPs) and family medicine specialists from some countries have several additional steps when applying, details of which can be found here
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Doctors with a medical degree in the EU / EEA

For doctors who have completed medical education in the EU, the process has not changed much. When applying for “Full registration”, ie applying to obtain a full medical license, you must enclose a medical diploma, while medical specialists who are first-time applicants in GMC should also enclose a diploma of specialist training completion. It is also necessary to indicate that you are applying in the Specialist Register.

For doctors who have completed medical education in the EU, the process has not changed much. When applying for “Full registration”, ie applying to obtain a full medical license, you must enclose a medical diploma, while medical specialists who are first-time applicants in GMC should also enclose a diploma of specialist training completion. It is also necessary to indicate that you are applying in the Specialist Register.

Upon application, diplomas also need to be verified through the ECFMG. Details of the entire process can be found on the official website, where it is necessary to forward the diploma electronically in order for ECFMG to confirm the authenticity of your diploma. Once the ECFMG confirms that all is well with the diploma, you can proceed with registration with the GMC.

Internship certificate

To obtain full registration, it is necessary to submit a certificate or a written confirmation of a completed internship. The certificate must contain the dates and details of the course of the medical internship. The written confirmation must come from the institution where your training was held, and the conditions for recognition must be met:

  • If the internship lasted 12 to 18 months, it is necessary to have at least 3 months in general medicine and at least 3 months in surgery
  • If the internship lasted 18 months or more, it is necessary to have at least 6 months in general medicine and at least 6 months in surgery

If the internship requirements are not met, a certificate of medical practice for at least 2 continuous years after graduation must be attached, provided that it must be held in a public hospital under the jurisdiction of a state body and must also contain at least 3 months in general medicine and 3 months in surgery.

Certificate of English language proficiency

Along with the medical documentation, it is necessary to enclose a certificate of knowledge of the English language, with IELTS Academic and OET being the most available options. The minimum average grade that the GMC accepts on the IELTS Academic test is 7.5 (the minimum for each section of reading, writing, listening and speaking must be 7.0) and a grade of B in case you have passed the OET. Doctors are also admitted with the PLAB test, which you can read more about here.

EU certificates

It is also necessary to enclose the EU certificates that you can request with your competent medical authorities. The GMC is requiring a Certificate of Conformity (also known as Certificate of Acquired Rights) and a Certificate of Good Standing. Both EU certificates, as well as diplomas and other official documents, must be translated and certified by a court interpreter, and copies of the originals must also be forwarded alongside their translations.

Completion of registration

Once you have paid the registration costs, which you can read more about here, GMC will send you an email asking you to forward all the mentioned documentation. After successful registration, you will receive an invitation to visit the UK and personally confirm your identity and pick up your medical license!


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