Key organisations at a glance
There are numerous organisations in Germany which help students and graduates. Here are some of the most important ones.
The largest international students’ organisation, AIESEC offers regular contact meetings with companies at German universities. Companies which want to present themselves to potential new recruits are invited to take part. You have the chance of introducing yourself in person to potential employers at a number of meetings during the year. AIESEC is represented at 50 universities in Germany. To AIESEC (German).
Alumniportal Deutschland is a free social networking site funded by the German government. The portal not only offers you a chance of keeping in contact with former fellow students and building your own network of contacts; it also lets you draw up a career profile with your qualifications and to hunt for vacancies or missions worldwide, including in your home country. To Alumniportal Deutschland.
Foreign nationals' registration offices
Your local foreign nationals' registration office will provide information about rights of residence once you have completed your studies and explain which regulations apply to you. You will find the registration office nearest to you on this Web site: www.bamf.de. Some local offices have their own Web site too.
Federal Employment Agency (BA)
The BA offers a wide-ranging list of different job exchanges in Germany sorted by sector. These include portals specifically for graduates in engineering and information technology, as well as for doctors and the health sector. You can find out more here: www.arbeitsagentur.de (German). Moreover, on the BA's own job exchange page, you can look for internships, trainee posts or voluntary vacancies and, of course, jobs. To the job exchange (German).
Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)
On its Internet pages, the BAMF offers comprehensive information about rights of residence in German, English, Russian and Turkish.
Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi)
The BMWi runs the EXIST grant programme for business start-ups to provide support for students, research scientists and university graduates when setting up knowledge-intensive technological companies. You can find out more here (German). The BMWi also has a number of information portals on setting up a business in Germany (in French, Turkish, Russian and Italian, as well as other languages:
You can find special tips for women wishing to set up their own business here:
In collaboration with other partners, the BMWi has also built the German-language portal nexxt-change.org. This Web site provides information for young academics who are interested in company management.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
The DAAD provides detailed information about studying and careers in research in Germany. The Federal Ministry of Education’s "Research in Germany" platform, which is run by the DAAD, provides an insight into the research scene in Germany. In addition, you can find out about scholarship programmes directly on the DAAD Web pages and search for current offers to finance your doctoral studies. You will find a list of Academic Exchange Service offices here: www.daad.de
Chambers of Trade and Industry (IHK)
The chambers of trade and industry provide active support for new entrepreneurs. You can find out more here.
IAESTE – the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience – organises placements for students of engineering science and the natural sciences, as well as for students of agriculture and forestry. To the IAESTE Web site.
On the Web site of the German National Association for Student Affairs, you'll find concise information about funding for graduates and bodies which grant scholarships to young scientists.
German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH)
ZDH’s advisory centre for the self-employed offers funding programmes for business start-ups as well as information and training events for entrepreneurs and people wishing to set up their own business (German). You can find out more about this here: www.zdh.de