Hi from Germany

  1. Hi,
    I am a nursing student from Germany. I am currently in the 1.semester. We just started our clinicals. I absolutly love the schooling )

    My fiance (US citizen) and I are planning to move together this year and get married. I would like to continue nursing of course without major delays. I ve talked to a few community colleges in NY who told me that they can t transfer what I have achieved so far.
    I wouldn t mind starting all over again as long as I get a place

    I am not sure if this is the right forum but I thought it might go well with my intro. I am hoping for some advice on what to do. Are chances higher to get a seat depending on in what state I apply? Did someone here go through the same thing maybe?

    Anyway, lots of greetings from Germany and thank you already for taking your time to read this.
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  3. by   Tweety
    Welcome to Allnurses. Good luck to you.
  4. by   nurseangel47
    Welcome to the forum!
  5. by   amazone
    thank you
  6. by   mysterious_one
    I am also from Germany, and actually have degree's in nursing from Germany. ( pediatric 1986 and regular 1990) When I came over here, they both were not accepted. I also had a "Realschul abschluss", which is not equivalent to the American High school degree. So first I had to get a GED. If you have the ABI , you might be fine there. I don't know if you can transfer your classes of your current nursing school to a school here, because the system is so different here. I could have gotten my RN back then (probably if I have taken some extra courses , I am not sure) and taken the test for foreign nurses and then the state board test, but I was pregnant with my second child and decided to stay at home with my children. Now I am back in nursing school, and I had to take all my prereq courses. These are college level courses , basic math , English , speech, Anatomy, and so on. You have to take these before you are even eligible to apply to a nursing program. Then it is very hard and competitive to get into a program, some of them have waiting lists. If at all possible try to finish your program in Germany and then when you come here to the US, apply to the School of Foreign Nurses, with your credentials translated and go from there. It probably will be easier for you. PM me , if you have more questions
  7. by   suzanne4
    my suggestion? if you area already in a program for the rn, complete that before coming over to the us. programs are hard to get into here, no guarantee that you will get in without a few year wait, etc.

    there is not one program that you will be able to get into without delays, especially in nursing. the community colleges have pre-reqs that need to be completed first, before they will even accept you into the nursing program, therefore there are no two year programs for the rn, all will take longer.

    please check out the international forum here on allnurses.com and

    welcome to you.
  8. by   Pompom
    I don't have any suggestions about school but I wish you luck.
  9. by   suzanne4
    Also take into account that you will need to go thru the immigration process, and that is not instant with any type of visa. If you are from the EU, then you can get upto 90 days to stay in the US on a visa waiver, but with wanting to move to the US, you will need to apply for a specific visa at US Embassy, and go thru all of that.

    Good luck to you.
  10. by   amazone
    thank you for the warm welcome.
    i know that i will be certified as of may 2009 if i were to finish here BUT i take a few more years in school in the US if that means i can live with my fiance in new york .
  11. by   amazone
    yes the immigration is a pain in the ... !!!
    if accepted by school, i will get a form ( I 20) of prooving financial support and health insurance, with that from from the school i will get a visa (F1)
  12. by   NaomieRN
    Hello and welcome to allnurses.