Here you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions by our candidates. Paragona has 20 years of experience in language training. More than 1,000 healthcare professionals have relocated to the UK, Sweden and Norway with our help.
What levels do you offer?SIEBEL
We offer courses at all levels from A0 to C1. However, elementary knowledge of English (A2) is required on all courses to be able to follow the teacher's instructions and participate in online training, but we offer Norwegian and Swedish courses for beginners (A0). If you have already learnt the language of your choice, we will invite you to a placement test to assess your current level and match the course and resources to your needs.
How can I assess my current language level?SIEBEL
We offer a free placement test with one of our teachers. It is comprehensive, so please book 1h 15min - 1h 45min (depending on the language and your needs) so that we can assess your level thoroughly and prepare an offer with a suitable training path for you.
Will I learn only medical language or also general language?SIEBEL
Our Norwegian and Swedish courses combine both general and medical language. On English courses we focus mostly on medical language. However, each level is completed with relevant grammar aspects in accordance with CEFR standards. We can also adjust the course to your needs, so please share your expectations with our recruiter or teacher during the assessment.
Is the course online or in a school?SIEBEL
All courses at Paragona Academy are run online.
What does a typical schedule look like?SIEBEL
Our recommendation is that you meet our teachers for two 90-minute sessions per week to guarantee smooth progress. However, if you opt for private tuition, you can increase or lower the intensity of the training sessions according to your availability each month. Group classes are run at fixed times agreed with the participants at the beginning of the course.
How many students are there in a group?SIEBEL
If you opt for group training, there will be maximum four people studying in a group. You can also choose private lessons.
How long is the course?SIEBEL
We usually make a rough estimate of the course length for different levels in accordance with CEFR standards and inform the candidates about it. However, the length of the training may be adjusted individually, as some participants may need less time to reach the appropriate level, while others may require longer tuition. As regards group courses, their length will be presented at the beginning of the course and will depend on the intensity of the training.
What is the payment scheme?SIEBEL
At Paragona Academy we don’t require payments for the whole semester or course. Our tuition fees are paid on a monthly basis, which allows for flexibility in the numbers of lessons. If, for some reason, you do not want to continue the training for another month, despite the fact that the course has not finished yet, please make sure you submit a written resignation with 30 days’ notice. Also, if you decide to pay for at least three months in advance, you will receive an extra lesson with one of our teachers.
What currencies do you accept payments in?SIEBEL
We accept payments in GBP, EUR and PLN.
What is the price and what does it include?SIEBEL
The price depends on the language you want to study, the number of tutored lessons and whether you participate in private or group training. The price always includes teacher-led classes and free course-specific resources (course books and access to online exercises). Our staff will be happy to provide you with more details, so feel free to contact them with your queries.
Is the course run during the holiday season?SIEBEL
Yes, we run courses all year long, but if you have private lessons and need a break in the training, please let us know. If you want to continue in the holiday season, it may happen that your teacher takes some time off and someone else will stand in for him/her, but you will be informed about this in good time.
Will you help me with finding a job?SIEBEL
Yes, you can find a job through our mother company, Paragona. We have 20 years of experience in finding job offers for healthcare professionals. Please note that part of your course fee will be reimbursed if you sign a job contract with Paragona.