You can say that your regular life as a student will begin once you have found a home or a room in a shared accommodation and you have enrolled in your first subjects. Here we will explain how to quickly find new friends and maybe even a student job to improve your economy.
Student work and internship
Many students in Germany work during their non-teaching time. They work as assistants in the university, in research institutes, in the library, but also as waiters or looking after children. Also students from abroad are allowed to work during their studies. Students from the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland can work up to 20 hours a week during school hours, as do German students. During the semester holidays they can work unlimited. Students who come from a non-EU country or from Bulgaria, Croatia or Romania, can work up to 120 full days or 240 half days a year without requesting authorization from the corresponding authority, ie the Federal Employment Agency. More information can be found on the website of the Putsches Studentship (Deutsches Studentenwerk).
International students can also do internships. This will allow them to learn how the world of work in Germany works and provides them with knowledge and contacts that may later be useful in the search for employment. Ask for advice to veteran students, teaching staff or the representation of students of their specialty, in case you have to carry out compulsory practices in the course of your studies. They will be able to give you practical advice to find suitable practices for your specific case. More information on the DAAD page
In German high schools you will find a great number of opportunities to meet people. For example, groups of international students usually organize welcoming parties, excursions and periodic meetings. In addition, many high schools have a great sporting offer. For example, at the Student Associations Office and the General Student Committee (AStA), you will be able to tell you about all the activities in your high school. More practical tips on leisure options, also on the study-in.de website.
Are you a religious person and want to practice your religion also in Germany? Do not worry. The German Basic Law guarantees religious freedom. In many cities and university locations there are student religious groups. They often organize, for example, meetings dedicated to prayer, community religious practices, and dialogue between different faiths. More information on religious freedom in Germany can be found on the “Make it in Germany” portal under the heading “a portrait of Germany”.
Jean-Marc, from Ivory Coast
For some semesters I study in Germany and work at the same time in a company. As a foreign student, I must prove my support every two years to extend my residency in Germany. So far my older brother had endorsed me in Germany. However, when he left the country, I was left alone. How can I extend my residency certificate now?
My advice: thanks to my student work with my monthly salary of 700 euros and a current employment contract, I can also support myself. The person in charge of my case in the Office of Foreigners informed me of this beforehand and so I secured my residence in Germany. The employment contract does not necessarily have to be indefinite. However, it must be valid for the entire period of the residence permit.