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Working in Germany

Germany offers excellent opportunities for international students to work during and after their studies. Understanding the regulations and available options is crucial for a successful career in the country.


Working During Study

Work Hours:

International students can work for up to 120 full days or 240 half days per year.

There is no limit if the student is working as a research or student assistant at the university.


Paid or unpaid internships during holidays count towards the 120-day limit.

Internships required by your degree are exempt from this limit.

Wage and Hours:

During term time: Maximum of 20 hours per week at a minimum wage of €9.82 per hour.

During holidays: Up to 40 hours per week, also at the minimum wage of €9.82 per hour.

During Study Working Hours Minimum Wages
Term time 20 hours per week €9.82 per hour
Holiday 40 hours per week €9.82 per hour


Working After Study

Residence Permit Extension:

After graduation, a residence permit may be extended for up to one and a half years to seek employment.

If you find a job corresponding to your qualifications, you can apply for a change of status to a work residence permit.

Permanent Residence Eligibility:

You may be eligible for permanent residence if you have:

Resided in Germany for at least five years with a permit.

Demonstrated sufficient resources, health insurance, housing, and social security contributions.

The right to work or be self-employed.

Proficiency in the German language and basic civic knowledge.


Job Opportunities and Salaries

Germany offers diverse job opportunities across various sectors. Here are the average annual salaries in some key sectors (figures based on payscale 2023):

Sectors Average Annual Salary (EUR)
Banking and Finance € 64,000
Insurance € 63,000
IT € 57,000
Medicine € 87,000
Legal € 63,000

Please note: Salary figures may vary based on qualifications and experience.