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In recent years, studying abroad in nursing industry in Germany is a hot phrase for young people. So what is studying nursing in Germany and why is it getting so much attention? This article will explain you more.

Germany is one of the countries with the oldest population in the world. The large number of older people makes the burden of social security and care for the elderly growing. Especially in Germany, most elderly people live separately without living with their children. According to statistics, by 2025 Germany will need 152,000 caregivers in hospitals, health centers, nursing homes. That’s why nursing industry in Germany is lacking a huge number of employees.


There is a shortage of nursing workers in Germany and the possibility of applying for a Visa to enter the nursing industry is high. 

Statistics from the German labor ministry in 2017 showed that nursing in Germany is a terrible labor shortage industry in all states. The red indicator indicates the highest labor shortage.

You can refer to https://statistik.arbeitsagentur.de/Statischer-Content/Arbeitsmarktberichte/Fachkraeftebedarf-Stellen/Fachkraefte/BA-FK-Engpassanalyse-2017-12.pdf – page 17.

In Germany only about 30% of people go to college. The remaining German vocational training options are many. If there is a shortage of workers in the occupation, Germany will recruit foreigners to work. The priority is to work from the European Union, other European countries, then to foreigners. Therefore, not all professions can apply for a visa to study in Germany.

At present, nursing in Vietnam is the highest priority for vocational training in Germany. According to the statistics of AVT, 100% of the students have a visa if they meet the B1 level in German and have background knowledge related to nursing.

Exemption of tuition fees and allowances up to 1000 Euro while studying

  • The German government has a preferential policy for students, so all students are exempt from 100% tuition in Germany. In addition, right from the first year of apprenticeship, you will receive about 800 Euro. This amount will increase with each school year. By the end of the year you can receive benefits up to 1000 Euro / month.
  • According to the calculations of the AVT students, every month you will lose about 500-600 Euro living expenses. Including rent, food, transportation, telephone … Of course, expenses for clothes, meals, restaurants, and friend parties will not be included here.
  • 800 – 1,000 Euro in nursing in Germany is the highest level of allowance for vocational training in Germany. Compared to other professions in Germany such as information technology, electronic engineering, hotel and restaurant … This allowance helps you to focus on your studies without having to do more. This will help you a lot to finish your studies with a good transcript, ensuring job opportunities later.

Settled permanently in Germany after 3 years of nursing in Germany

  • Opportunity to permanently settle in Germany after 3 years of work. After graduation, the possibility of 99% is that you get a job in Germany. According to German law, after 3 years of full employment, you can apply for permanent residence in Germany.
  • When you receive a permit to stay in Germany permanently, you can do what you want such as welcoming a child, spouse to Germany to settle down as a family reunion. Alternatively, you can open a nursing center to take care of the elderly if you want. Of course, you have to be knowledgeable about laws and have management skills.

Should I go to Germany to practice nursing?

The answer depends on your education level and family background. If your education level is normal and your family cannot afford it then nursing to Germany is the best choice for you.

If you have good academic ability and confidence in your level, you can find a way to study in Germany. However, you need to pay attention that studying in Germany is quite hard. Not everyone can graduate in Germany. There are friends I saw 7-8 years after I finished college. There are students who cannot graduate and are forced to return home without a degree.

In addition, although the study is free, the cost of living in Germany is quite expensive. Ranging from 600 – 700 Euro / month. So you have to prepare for the cost of living for 5 years of study is about 1 billion VND.

If the average level of study, studying nursing in Germany is the optimal choice for you. Compared to the current Japanese nursing trend, Germany has many advantages such as:

  • Do not pay tuition like studying nursing in Japan. Saving about 122 million VND for tuition fee each year.
  • Graduated from a higher salary than Japan. 56-72 million in Germany compared with 35-42 million in Japan.
  • Immigration permanently in Germany after 3 years instead of 5 years like in Japan.
  • Traveling around 27 European Union countries easily, without a visa.


  • Training for 7 months German in Vietnam to equip yourself with B1 certificate if not already.
  • Concurrently trained in Nursing – Nursing while learning languages.
  • Completed B2 certificate in 6 months in Germany.
  • Nursing training while studying and working in Germany at a rate of 800euro / month. This level will increase year by year.
  • Stay for a minimum of 3 years in industry with a salary of ~ 2,7000 Euro / month. After graduation you can continue to study for a higher certificate.
  • After a stable job, students are allowed to apply for permanent residence in Germany.


Conditions for studying nursing in Germany

  • Age from 18 – 28.
  • Having a high school diploma (Preferably those who are studying or have graduated in Medicine or Nursing in Vietnam).
  • No criminal record, good moral character.
  • Being physically fit to work abroad under the Health Ministry’s regulations.
  • Note: If you already have a German B1 certificate, the procedure and cost will be reduced slightly.
  • AVT has German communication classes to help you integrate and get acquainted with German culture right in Vietnam.

Expenses for studying nursing in Germany

The cost of nursing training in Germany depends heavily on your education and profile. If you have just graduated from high school, the cost will include 3 main items: the cost of learning German in 9-12 months, the cost of making an apprenticeship and the blockade of the opening account.

With each case, AVT will advise and find the optimal solution for your application. Therefore, you can contact AVT to get specific advice for your case.


Geriatric Nursing Vocational Training School, Gottingen.

  • Located at the center of the vocational school of F + U Niedersachsen Co., Ltd. with more than 16 offices worldwide.
  • Gottingen College of Geriatric Nursing Vocational School is a vocational training school for geriatric nurses and assistant nurses accredited by Germany. The state-recognized vocational training school for geriatric nursing and the Werdau rescue service.
  • Founded in 1992 Vocational training school in geriatric nursing and rescue service Werdau was officially recognized and granted the title by the state of Germany in 2015.

Euro Akademie Nursing Training School

  • Euro Akademie School was founded in 1980 in Köln, is known as a high-class training center for foreign-related professions and also belongs to ESO Education Group – the group has 50 years of experience. experience in vocational training, geography and intensive training.

Vocational training school in geriatric nursing and rescue services Werdau

  • Established in 1992, the Vocational Training School of Geriatric Nursing and Rescue Services.
  • Werdau was officially recognized and granted the title by the state of Germany in 2015.