Work while studying in Germany


While higher education in Germany is largely tuition-free, to cover the nominal fee for international students as well as living expenses, many seek jobs alongside their coursework. A non-EU international with a German student visa is eligible to apply for a work permit, which permits them to take up 120 full days or 240 half-days of normal work, per year of study.

Internships taken up during semester breaks, whether paid or unpaid, are regarded as normal work, falling within the given limited number of days – however, mandatory internships required by the course do not fall within this limit. Jobs as student assistant or research assistant in the university where the student is enrolled is usually not counted within this limit either – however students who do take this up must inform the Alien Registration Office of the same. Non-EU students are not permitted to take up freelance work or self-employment.

Students in Germany can earn up to 450 Euros, without having to pay tax; beyond this figure, an income tax number will be given and automatic tax deductions will ensue. Some employers deduct income tax, even if the salary is within the limit, but this can be reclaimed when submitting the income tax statement.

Whether German language proficiency is required or not depends on the job; however, the chances of securing a suitable job are increased if the applicant does have the required proficiency. An internship completed at any time during study, prior to applying for normal work, is an added advantage.

To learn more about the opportunities for work while studying in Germany, get in touch with us via email:, or phone: 8971357928.

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