Qualification of international nurses

Our new course concept enables us to provide nurses who have been trained abroad with the best possible preparation for their work in Germany. Training is based on the normal everyday work of a hospital nurse. Teaching content and lesson sequences are identified and structured to reflect typical work situations. As well as acquiring general and technical language proficiency, course participants are taught personal and intercultural skills. Theoretical sessions are complemented by simulation training in our well-equipped Skills Labs such as a fully-equipped patient room and special preparation rooms.

Contact form and course registration

Course description

Our team of tutors comprises experts in general German and medical/nursing German, doctors and nursing instructors.

By combining the applied use of technical German with routine clinical processes, you will be given an insight at an early stage into the technical and organizational processes in place at German hospitals.

In tandem courses with participants in the doctor’s course, you will practise inter-professional cooperation.

Your practical lessons will be rounded off by shadowing placements in the various departments of our partner hospitals. 

The course culminates in a B2 nursing exam.    


Technical German lessons reflect everyday clinical routine.

Typical lesson sequences:
welcoming patients, making beds, patient cleansing and body care, mobilizing patients, help with feeding and going to the toilet, diagnostics/therapy, ward rounds, drug therapy, communication on the ward, cooperation with the ward team

Personal and intercultural skills (for example): 
self-presentation techniques, how to prepare for an interview, perception and impact of oneself, conflict management, conducting a discussion, avoiding and overcoming misunderstandings, religious specificities, role behaviour, dealing with superiors and colleagues, dealing with authorities and much more besides

lectures, talks with teachers and participants, discussions, short presentations, action guidance, practical exercises, simulations (using the Skills Labs of ZAB GmbH) , shadowing placements in the partner hospitals of ZAB GmbH

Organizational aspects

  • Course duration:  4 months / 480 lesson units
  • Requirement for participants: level A2  (telc or Goethe-Institut) 
  • Course fee:   €  2,800.00 
  • Exam fees: € 300.00
  • Further services provided in conjunction with our partners:

    • Help with getting qualifications recognized
    • Help with finding a job 

  • On request, we can offer you inexpensive accommodation in the grounds of ZAB-GmbH with good links to public transport and into the city. We will help you with all official procedures and formalities relating to your stay in Germany.
  • Dates and venues: For any further information, please contact our Cooperation Manager Ulrike Steinecke or use our contact form.  

Qualification of nurses from non-EU countries

On request, we can also offer courses for nurses from countries outside the EU wishing to have their qualifications recognized. These include technical language teaching up to telc B2 level.

The content, duration and costs of the courses will be determined by the participant’s current language level and the theoretical and practical content needing to be taught, and will be defined separately for each individual course.

For any further information, please contact our Cooperation Manager Ulrike Steinecke or use our contact form.