PRACTICING DENTISTRY IN EUROPE WITH A FOREIGN DEGREE

In this article, we aim to inform you about everything you need to know if you are looking to move from your home country to work as a dentist abroad. If you got your qualifications in the European Union, it’s likely you will be allowed to work in most countries across Europe without too much trouble. As your degree should be automatically recognised all you will need to do is register your practice with the health authorities in the country you want to work in, in order to acquire the required license. However, if you come from outside the European Union and are planning on moving to Europe to work, you will need to, most likely, sit one or more exams so that the health ministries can determine whether your skills are on par with that of the other dentists in the country. Furthermore, you will also be tested on your language skills. This will most likely involve you taking the IELTS or the TOEFL. 

BELGIUM 

  • If you are looking to work in Belgium as a dentist, you will first need to be a holder of a full dentistry license in your home country before you can apply for one in Belgium.  
  • You will also need to have undergone at least four years of full-time education in the field of dentistry.  
  • The degree you have obtained will need to be one that is recognized in Belgium. You can get it recognised by the Belgium Dental association.  
  • In most cases, you will not need to pay a license fee.  
  • Before you can start practising unsupervised, you might need to undergo a year-long apprenticeship or an internship. 
  • The salary of a dentist in Belgium will range from the low average of about £3000 a month, up to £14,000 a month. 

CROATIA  

  • Before practising dentistry in Croatia you will need to register with the Dental Chamber and get your diploma recognised by them.  
  • You will need to undergo a year-long training under the supervision of professional dentists. You will only be able to register after you complete this.  
  • There isn’t a registration fee for dentists applying for a license.  
  • The minimum most dentists make in Croatia is around £2,000 a month. This can go up to about £6,000 a month with years of experience and your specific field of practice. 

CYPRUS 

  • There is no dental school in Cyprus, so all dentists are qualified abroad.  
  • Before practising dentistry, you will need to register and have your diploma recognised by the Cyprus Dental Council. 
  • There is a number of fees you will need to pay. You will need to pay for the application submission which will be about £40. You will also need to pay £250 for a Certificate of Registration to the Cyprus Dentist Register, and £300 for the certificate of recognition of speciality. 
  • Dentists in Cyprus make a minimum of about £2,000 a month. The monthly salary could go up to £6,400. 

CZECH REPUBLIC

  • If you are looking to work as a dentist in the Czech Republic, you will need to pass the approbation test before you can register with the Czech Ministry of Health.  
  • Additionally, you will also need to register with the Czech Dental Chamber and the Regional Authority. 
  • You will need to pay about £30 for the registration fee. The recognition of your qualifications is free. 
  • The approbation test is divided into three parts: written, medical, and oral.  
  • The written exam will come first. It will be a computer-based exam that will test your knowledge of dentistry as well as the Czech health system and the regulation and legal aspects of Czech health care. To pass you are required to score at least 70%. These tests are only available in Czech. 
  • The medical part of the examination of your abilities will include you having to undergo a six-month-long medical training under professional supervision. 
  • You will need to complete both of the previously mentioned assessments before you can move on to the third and final exam. This exam will test your Czech speaking skills as well as your knowledge of dentistry.  
  • Monthly salaries for dentists in the Czech Republic range from a minimum of about £2,000 to a maximum of about £8,000 a month. 

DENMARK 

  • If you want to work in Denmark, you will need to have your degree approved by the Danish Agency for Patient Safety.  
  • Before you can register and acquire your license you will need to pass a professional test.  
  • This test will take about four hours. You will be tested on a number of different topics within the dentistry field.  
  • You will also have to take an hour-long oral test. You will have an hour to prepare for it. 
  • You will need to pay around £470 for the registration of your qualifications.  
  • Successfully completing these steps will allow you to practice dentistry in Denmark. 
  • The salary for dentists in Denmark ranges from £5,500 to £17,000 a month. 

FINLAND 

  • To work in Finland, you will need to have your degrees and practice authorized by Valvira.  
  • You will also need to pass an exam to prove that you have the necessary qualification. The dentistry exam will test your knowledge in theory and in practice. But you will only be allowed to take this exam once you have completed a three-month-long internship in Finland and proved your Finnish language proficiency.  
  • Licensing a dentistry degree that has been acquired from outside the European Union will cost about £1000. 
  • Dentists in Finland can make from £4,500 to £14,000 a month. 

FRANCE

  • The overseeing body of dentistry in France is the FDA which is an acronym for the French Dental Association.  
  • You will be granted French residence for up to three years when you pass the French medical degree equivalence exam.  
  • This will be followed by another round of examination. Passing this will allow you to apply for a French dental license with the FDA.  
  • The cost to register is about £300. Additionally, you will also need to pay an annual fee in order to keep your official license.  
  • A yearly average salary for dentists in France is, at its lowest, about £51,000 and can go up to around £150,000. 

GERMANY 

  • The Bundeszahnärztekammer is in charge of dental affairs in Germany.  
  • To be allowed to legally practice dentistry in Germany, you will need to provide them with a certificate of education and qualification equal to a German one, or you will have to take and pass an exam to prove your knowledge.  
  • You will need to pay about £380 to get your qualifications verified.  
  • Once you’ve accomplished either of these steps you will be able to register for a license to practice dentistry in Germany. 
  • The average monthly salary for dentists in Germany can range from £3,000 to £12,000.  

IRELAND

  • To practice dentistry in Ireland with a foreign degree you will need to register with the Irish Dental Council.  
  • For this, you will need to sit the Dental Council exam. You will be tested on the topics of health, disease, and society. The society section of the exam tests your understanding of Irish laws, ethics, and so on.  
  • The initial registration fee is £180. You will also need to pay a yearly fee of £240.  
  • The average starting annual salary for dentists in Ireland is around £40,000. This can go up to, and in some cases over £135,000 a year.   

ITALY

  • To practice dentistry in Italy you will need to have your degree validated by the Italian Ministry of Health and you will need to undergo a thorough examination before you can start working.  
  • You will need to pay a registration fee, but the amount will vary depending on the branch of dentistry you work in. 
  • The lowest monthly salary for dentists is about £3,000. The monthly salary can go up to £12,000. 

LATVIA 

  • Before you can start working as a dentist in Latvia, you will need to have sufficient knowledge, and a diploma recognised by the Latvian Dental Association.  
  • If you come from outside the EU, you will also need to have undergone at least two years of supervised training.  
  • Additionally, in Latvia, you will not need to know Latvian to be granted a medical license.  
  • You will also not need to pay a registration fee.  
  • Dentists in Latvia can earn anywhere between £863 and £5,000 a month. 

MALTA 

  • You will need to register with the Medical Council of Malta. If your degree is not from the European Union or from Malta, you will need to sit an exam before you can register for a dentistry license.  
  • In order to maintain your license, you will need to pay an annual fee of £215.  
  • Depending on how many years of experience you have, you can make anywhere from £45,000 to £90,000 a year, from working as a dentist in Malta. 

NETHERLANDS

  • If you have gained your dentistry qualifications from outside the European Union, you will need to get your qualifications recognized before you can register to practice dentistry in The Netherlands.  
  • Getting your qualifications recognized will involve having to take exams on your skills and knowledge.  
  • If you pass these tests as well as an additional professional assessment, you will be rewarded with a Certificate of Professional Competence.  
  • This certificate is what you need to register to practice dentistry in The Netherlands. 
  • When working as a dentist in the Netherlands you can accept to earn from £5,000 to £14,000 a month. 

SLOVAKIA  

  • To be allowed to practice dentistry in Slovakia, you will need to have your qualifications translated, and certified by the Slovak Chamber of Dentists. 
  • You will also need to take part in an intensive course, which will take up to nine months.  
  • The minimum a dentist in Slovakia makes per month is around £948. This can go up to £5,000 a month. 

SWEDEN 

  • To work as a dentist in Sweden, you will need to apply for a dentistry license. This will cost about £70.  
  • You can either get your license through additional training or you can apply through the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare.  
  • The additional training can take anywhere from one to three years.  
  • When applying through the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare you will need to take a course and learn about the laws, ethics, and regulations in Sweden.  
  • You will also undergo clinical training and have your education assessed.  
  • A dentist in Sweden will make from £1,900 to £11,000 a month. This will differ depending on their years of experience as well as what branch of dentistry they are working in. 

UK 

  • If you would like to move to the UK to work as a dentist, you will need to register with the General Dental Council or the GDC.  
  • In order to be allowed to register with the GDC as a foreign dentist, you will need to pass the ORE exam.  
  • The exam is broken up into two parts: the written exam and the clinical exam.  
  • The first part of the test will cost about £800, and the second part will cost about £3000. Due to Brexit, you might also be required to apply for a Skilled Worker Visa or the EU Settlement Scheme.  
  • Once you complete all the previously mentioned steps you can apply for a license, and this will allow you to practice dentistry in the UK.  
  • While working in the United Kingdom as a dentist you should expect to make about £50,000 a year. 

This concludes this article on practising dentistry in Europe. We sincerely hope that you have found the previously stated information useful. If you are considering working in a country outside the European Union, or if you are a practitioner in a different health field and would like information on that, please look forward to our future work on this topic. 


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