This course is specially designed for Mercy Ship Volunteers ( It offers the same goal and content as the Mercy Ships course. The difference is the course type.

Course aim
You’ll develop your communication skills to speak with patients, translators, nurses and doctors on the ship: general medical English for everyday care situations as well as specific medical English for certain medical fields.

Course contents
Nursing professions, hospital departments, patient admission, monitoring, symptoms, pain, medication, hygiene, anatomy etc.
Ask questions, make recommendations, make comparisons, explain care processes, give instructions, etc.

Special fields:

General surgery, Maxillofacial surgery, Plastic Reconstructive surgery, Women’s health, Ophthalmic care, Dental/ Oral health, Palliative care. We’ll focus on the diseases and treatments that are carried out on the ship.

Basics of colloquial English will be revised and deepened.

Course type
1 lesson = 50 min.
6 L on the same day: 3 L in the morning, 3 L in the afternoon; every 14 days, 5 course days.
On an additional course morning the certificate test will take place. It’ll last about 3 L, depending on the number of participants.
Number of lessons: 5 x 6 L plus 1 x 3 L = 33 L
Course duration: 27 hours 30 min.

You have the possibility to take the Certificate Test at the end of the course. If you pass it successfully, you will receive a certificate which you can enclose with future applications or include in salary negotiations. Each participant will receive a course confirmation.


This course is suitable for you if you have been approved by Mercy Ships and therefore have the necessary English language skills for the assignment (B1).

Self-study, such as learning the vocabulary, is important in order to achieve the course objectives and to enjoy communicating in Medical English.
Number of participants 6 or more.

Free Language Test

The Free Language test gives me an accurate assessment of the English language level at which I can pick you up. It helps me to tailor the lessons to your needs. The test will be sent to you by e-mail after registration.

Course location
Thun: Burgsaal (next to Thun hospital, 10 min. from the train station)

Course costs

Fr. 960.-
Course book and other material Fr. 75.-
Fees for the Certificate Test and the Certificate are included.
Mercy Ships contributes 10% to the course costs.

Dates 2020 (Thursdays)

Dates Schedule Duration
27. Aug./10. Sep. 09.00-11.50, 13.00-15.50 6 Lessons
15./29. October 09.00-11.50, 13.00-15.50 6 Lessons
12. November 09.00-11.50, 13.00-15.50 6 Lessons

Certificate Test: 26. November 2020, 09.00-11.50

Dates 2021 (Thursdays)

Daten Schedule Duration
14./28. January 09.00-11.50, 13.00-15.50 6 Lessons
11. February 09.00-11.50, 13.00-15.50 6 Lessons
4./18. March 09.00-11.50, 13.00-15.50 6 Lessons

Certificate Test: 1. April 2021, 09.00-11.50

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