International Nursing Staff

International Nursing Staff at the Clinic

Have you earned a vocational nursing qualification in your home country and would you like to work together with us at the Universitätsklinikum Tübingen (in Southwestern Germany)? Join our team!

The university clinic offers courses for nurses from abroad (f/m/d) targeted at completing the examination for qualification as a nurse.

In July 2022, the Universitätsklinikum Tübingen was awarded the seal of quality as one of the “Best Places to Work for International Nurses in Germany”.

Step-by-Step: Your Path to Recognition

Qualification involves practical assignments, theoretical instruction and language training (German B2, nursing). After passing the language test (German B2, nursing) and the knowledge test, you’ll receive your certificate of recognition from the Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart.

International nurses receive either a contract as a provisional trainee or an employment contract as a nursing assistant from the clinic. A permanent employment contract may be offered after successful approval on the basis of your residence and work permits.

We provide you with assistance for all of the necessary applications and correspondence.

Betreuung internationaler Pflegekräfte

Daten und Fakten

80 to 100
International Applicants per Year
Preparatory Courses per Year
12 to 18
Months from Arrival to Recognition

Application and Getting Started

Prerequisites for Participation in the Preparatory Course

  • Vocational training / studies in nursing in your home country with certificate of completion (license)
  • At least a B1 certificate for German language (no more than 2 years old), certificate from an ALTE-certified language school (telc, Goethe-Institut, ÖSD)
  • Proof of basic immunisation against measles and SARS-CoV-2 with vaccines which are approved in the EU
  • Notice of deficit from the Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart (can also be submitted subsequently by agreement)
  • Work permit
  • Residence permit

How to Apply:

Apply electronically in response to our job advert.

You’ll need the following documents for the counselling interview:

  • Tabular, chronologically complete curriculum vitae
  • References
  • Course overview of your studies/training: content, modules, credit points or number of hours

Your application will be reviewed by the Universitätsklinikum Tübingen. If you’re shortlisted, we’ll conduct an initial video interview (e.g. via Skype, Zoom etc.).

Only if Accepted – Further Procedure:

It takes at least 9 months before you can attend a preparatory course.

  • Submit an application for recognition to the Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart.
  • Submit all the required documents together and in their entirety. Processing by the Regierungspräsidium can take 4 months or longer.

We provide you with assistance for all of the necessary applications and correspondence.

What You Get from Us

Staff Accommodation

Accommodation is close to the clinic and costs roughly €300 per month.

Collective Agreement

Our collective agreements are valid for everyone and safeguard your employment rights and your salary.

Advantages in Germany

Possible opportunities:
Free schools
Family reunification
If applicable, attainment of German citizenship etc.


14 weeks of language instruction
6 months practical training
6 weeks nursing school


You and your family members in Germany are automatically covered by health insurance and are entitled to medical and dental treatment.

Work-Life Balance

Fixed duty schedules and a maximum average working week of 38½ hours make free time plannable.

Job Ticket

Using public transport in Tübingen is made less expensive for you.


We offer free advanced training in various areas of specialisation and, if applicable, funding for extra-occupational courses of study after 2 to 3 years of professional experience.

Your Salary and Employment Contract

We invest a lot in your professional recognition in Germany. You will not incur any costs for qualification if you work with us at the clinic for at least three years.

Your earnings with us:

  • Initially during the preparatory course: fixed-term employment contract for 18 months with 75% workload (about 30 hours per week) as a nursing assistant, average gross monthly salary at 75% workload: €2068.50 per month
  • After passing the language test (B2, nursing): working hours in the already existing employment contract are increased to 100% (38½ hours per week) as a nursing assistant with a gross base salary of €2758 per month (plus additional compensation, e.g. for extra shifts)
  • After successfully passing the recognition examination (certificate): permanent employment contract with 100% workload (38½ hours per week) as a registered nurse with a gross base salary of €3630 per month (plus additional compensation, e.g. for extra shifts)

Your salary development

Above-Average Salary Thanks to Collective Agreement

Thanks also to the new 2020 pay scale, nursing staff at the Universitätsklinikum Tübingen enjoy higher average salaries than at hospitals that pay according to the TVöD (collective agreement for public service).

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Patrizia Prestifilippo Cirimbolo

Patrizia Prestifilippo Cirimbolo

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Phone number: +49 7071 29-80693