Working student


Many students work part-time to finance their studies and foreign students can do the same without having to get a work permit. However, if you come from a non-EU country the amount of time you are allowed to work is limited to 90 days per year with 8 hour working days, or 240 half days per year. In some federal states, you are only allowed to work during vacation. Contrastingly those coming from within the EU have the same free access to the labour market as German students do

1. If you come from one of the following countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain or the United Kingdom
►You are allowed to work as much as you wish without a work permit. However, like German students, the amount may not exceed 20 hours per week. Otherwise, you are required to pay into the German social security system.

2. If you come from a different country
►Then you may work 120 full days or 240 half days per year. If you take a job as a student assistant or research assistant at the university, it’s usually no problem to exceed the 120-day limit. However, you are obliged to inform the Alien Registration Office if you do.

The employment laws pertaining to international students are very stringent. If you violate them, you could be expelled from the country!

Typical student jobs include working in a bar, office work, courier work, taxi driving (though you need a special permit for doing this), hostess work on fairs (well paid) and street cleaning in winter. Pay for student jobs is typically €6-10/hour. Vacancies are often promoted on newspaper websites, via student unions or the university. If your monthly income is not more than 450 euro, you don’t pay any taxes. Otherwise, you will be charged according to German rules which includes reduced income tax, social security tax, pension tax and church tax.

In Munich there are plenty of opportunities to find a good position in big international companies which is a great opportunity to start a successful career. You can check the job portals like monster.de, stepstone.de, staufibiel.de, absolvent.de, indeed.de, etc.

As part of their studies, many German students do apprenticeships during their summer or winter holidays. These offer first-hand experience and direct contact with potential employers. People leaving university without ever having worked in the "real world" might find it hard to get a job.

Universities often help with organizing appropriate internships, especially during summer vacation. For international internships, you can contact the international student union AISEC - www.aisec.de. Most of universities have a career canter that can help you in finding a part-time job. Keep on a track the career fairs that are happening in city, like IKOM or Bonding.

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