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11. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Depends on the value of your high school diploma: in the Netherlands, the universities require that you have it evaluated by Nuffic --> see my earlier post. I believe DAAD has a similar function in Germany.

If it's deemed insufficient, you would have to do some kind of foundational year. But again, if you want to stay in nursing, Dutch university is useless for you: we only train nurses at the HBO level --> see my earlier post.

12. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

The UK, Germany and the Netherlands are all places in Abroad! ;)

But generally speaking, you would be able to get in to a university in most countries with reasonable high school grades providing you're willing to pay the fees. If you get really good high school grades then you might just start to be able to think about top-end universities and/or bursary schemes. That's a sweeping generalisation, but your question was really quite general - you'd be better off asking about specifics....

13. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

I'm afraid without the right papers, Britain wouldn't instantly allow you in either. There is such a massive process to go through nowadays.
Many in the UK talk of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants getting the cream of the crop. It just isn't the case. There are all sorts of questions that need to be answered on many forms. Just because you are speaking fluent English won't help much either. If you were interested in coming to Britain to do your training, you would have to first apply for jobs that offer assistance with work permit applications (preferably) and you would almost certainly need to go for an interview at your nearest Consulate. It's all down to tit-for-tat and security measures. I do some very limited work in the USA and the only reason I know all this, is before I was allowed to make money there legally, I had to go for an interview at the US Embassy in London. I asked them why all the fuss as I was only going over to work for someone else for a few weeks. They told me that's the way it has to be and it's pretty much the same in England for USA residents too. I had no problem getting through every stage, but it still had to be done.
Don't be put off. There are thousands of US residents working here. Try and find a website on Americans working abroad. For sure they can help you.

14. Posted by Kels_Bama (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

What school do you think would be a good university for a american.

I have heard Scotland is really good and friendly to americans.

15. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 7y

You want to study nursing? Are you mad? Only joking! I have just finished my nursing course. Best thing I ever did, after going travelling. Nursing is a bit complicated because UK student nurses are funded by the NHS to do our training therefore don't pay fees. I don't know how it works for foreign students, or even if it is possible. If you want any info on what nursing courses are like in the UK let me know.

The problem is, if you do your nurse training in the UK, your qualification will not be immediately transferable if you want to work as a nurse in the States. You would have to do a conversion course of some kind.

Secondly, in the UK, our university system does not work the same as in the USA with majoring and minoring in subjects. You just do your degree in your chosen subject and and that's it, but sometimes the course has optional modules which you might want to investigate when picking a course.

It sounds like there are a lot of things you are interested in, psychology and law as well as nursing. Trust me you really don't want to take on a nursing course either in the USA or in Europe, unless you are sure about it! UK Nursing courses briefly cover a small amount of these, eg psychology of health and illness, and how the law relates to nurses. Nursing is a fairly intensive three year course. It is half university teaching time and half practice placements, which are on a range of hospital or community settings, working alongside nurses to learn. You don't usually get the long summer holidays that other students get! Nursing students don't get the chance to have quite as many wild nights out clubbing or long lie-ins as your average undergraduate, what with getting up to do shifts etc! Having done a sociology degree before I did nursing, i can tell you nursing takes more hard work, although its not academically harder.

Nursing in the UK does not have difficult entry academic entry requirements, but they always require good interpersonal communication skills and for you to show a basic understanding of the role of the nurse, current healthcare issues etc. You also have to pass criminal record checks and health checks but I'm sure thats no problem. Some universities say they prefer applicants to have some basic care experieince ie working in a nursing home, volunteering in a hospital etc, I didn't have any direct experience but was a bit older with life and work experiences which I suppose helped.

Good luck whatever you decide to do.. If you decide you really want to do law or psychology or something, maybe there an option to do Nursing as a post-graduate course back home, maybe later on?

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17. Posted by sfweb (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

You are right my cousin also pass out from Berufsschule school and i think getting work permit is not a big issue.

Quoting t_maia

Nursing is my major.

What sort of training are you seeking?

If you want to become a nurse you have to attend a Berufsschule (trade school) in Germany or get an apprenticeship. This is not possible for you in Germany because you'd need a work permit to attend.

If you want to study nursing at a higher level (essentially Nursing Management or Social Pedagogics) you could attend a Fachhochschule (FH), a university of applied science. The system of major and minor does not exist at FH's, you'd study nursing round the clock. (But let me ask my sister, she is a nurse and maybe she has a tip, I think I'll be able to get hold of her next week.)

For more info on studying in Germany try

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