Choose from a variety of language programs, depending on your location and your study preferences. Some characteristics of local vs virtual programs to consider:
(*) During COVID-19, courses might be run online.
To make an informed decision, we encourage you to review the different language options in your vicinity and check out virtual language program options as well. Please also double check which B1 exams (Goethe, TELC and/or ÖSD) are offered in your region.
We encourage you to review our FAQs below and reach out to the CWC team if you have questions!
When evaluating your local German language school options, follow this checklist to assess the offering:
There are 3 official exam boards recognized by the German authorities:
Some schools follow a particular curriculum to prepare you for a specific exam from the start. Others will offer a more general approach and prepare you for one of the three exams when you are ready to take the test. It is important to ask your school about what methodology they use so that you are aware of this from the start.
The relevant language courses to work as a nurse in Germany is A1 – B2. Let us explain:
A1: 120 – 140 hours / ~2 months intensive training
Outcome: You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases. You can introduce yourself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have. You can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2: 120 – 140 hours / ~2 months intensive training
Outcome: You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions: very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment… You can communicate and exchange information on familiar and routine matters. You can describe in simple terms aspects of your background and immediate environment.
B1: 140 – 180 hours / ~2.5 months intensive training
Outcome: You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling. You can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. You can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2: 140 – 180 hours / ~3 months intensive training
Outcome: You can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation. You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. You can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
It is important to reach this level of German, not only to pass the exam so that you can make it to Germany but also for you to feel comfortable and confident while interacting with your employer, colleagues and patients in Germany. The main component of your success in language learning is your own commitment.
If you learn language outside of CWC, we will offer you a language incentive bonus as you get deployed to Germany.
If you wish to receive a language sponsorship during your studies, you can discuss this with your CWC representative.
It is up to you to decide which school you study in. CWC will help guide you and we also recommend testing a virtual study program: it may either become your chosen language program or serve as a complementary study option to your local school.
Learning a language is unique to each person and exact timelines are therefore difficult to predict. We assume that you could be ready for your B1 exam within 6-12 months if you study at least 2 hours per day and take regular classes. 1 private lesson per week during your A1 studies and 3 private lessons during your A2 and B1 classes. Completing your B2 course should take another 4-6 months. Overall, it will depend on your dedication to your studies.
Your language school as well as CWC will send you regular assessment and mock tests throughout your studies. You will have the opportunity to conduct a few B2 mock tests before your exam date and if needed, you might be eligible for an exam refresher course.
Yes, you are required to pass the B1 exam with high marks before arriving in Germany. You will also be required to study as much B2 course as possible prior to arriving in order to shorten the time for you to take your B2 exam once you are in Germany. Once you pass your B2 (and as soon as you have completed your Qualification Recognition course and exam), you will become a Registered Nurse, which earns more than a Nurse Assistant, and you will be able to stay in Germany long-term.