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Nurse Program

An overview of the process

How to start working as nurse in Germany

Fully qualified nurses with some work experience in their home country, will be allowed to work in Germany after completing the German language up to the B2 level and doing an adaption course or passing a nurses exam.

As an ageing society, Germany does not only have a high demand for nurses, but also for people looking after the elderly in special homes.

Visa application process for foreign Nurses


If a nurse is interested in working in Germany he/she must first have all documents checked to see if he/she is eligible. To do this we need scanned copies of following documents:

  • Proof of identity (identity card or passport)
  • CV/personal data sheet in table format
  • Proof of completed nursing studies (degree certificate, diploma, nursing school qualification)
  • Proof of all courses with subjects and hours (theoretical and practical training)
  • Proof of duration and content of clinical internships
  • Certificates showing relevant professional experience

If the nurse is eligible we will send her a non-binding offer letter stating all the cost involved. We will ask him/her to send us all documents as certified copies by courier to Germany. Upon receiving the documents in Germany, we will send the documents to an accredited translator (to translate everything into German)


The German state office will evaluate the documents of the nurse and will compare his/her qualifications and work experience with the German curriculum. They will decide about their eligibility and will issue a document of acknowledgement of his/her qualifications and work experience. - detailing what needs to be done in Germany in additional qualification/trianing.

When we have this we will send you the following:

  • document of acknowledgement of qualifications and work experience
  • a booking confirmation from ISL language school

In Germany

The nurse will first have to visit a German intensive course up to the B2 level (30 weeks, 30 lessons per week) and pass the TELC B2 exam

The nurse then has 2 options to become fully qualified in Germany:

1. Do an adaptation course in a hospital that typically takes about 6-12 months and ends with an oral examination. The costs of this is usually paid by the German Government (application required)


2. Do a written nursing exam. A preparation course is necessary and usually takes 3-6 months. The costs for this are typically covered by the German Government (application required)


  1. Upon passing the exam, the nursing school will issue a certificate, which allows the nurse to work as a recognized nurse.
  2. The nurse will be able to work as an acknowledged nurse all over Germany. Usually, job offers are published at the nursing school or at the hospital as there is an extremely high demand for nurses in Germany.