Skilled workers from all over the world working in Germany

Students from abroad

Foreign students who complete their studies in Germany are a valuable addition to your company. Find out here how you can employ and integrate these students in your company while they are still studying.

Foreign students at German universities are a group with high potential. In addition to their professional qualifications, they are usually already familiar with the cultural side of Germany as well as the language. Moreover, you can save time when recruiting foreign students because they are already inside the country.

Employment of foreign students during their studies

Foreign students can already be employed as student workers during their studies. Students from the EU, the EEA and Switzerland are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during the lecture period, just like German students. During the semester break, they can work without any restrictions.

Students from third countries who have a residence permit for the purpose of studying (Section 16b of the German Residence Act – AufenthG) may be employed for 120 full days or 240 half days per year without the approval of the BA.

In addition, foreign students from third countries can be employed even before completing their studies (in accordance with Section 16b (4) of the German Residence Act – AufenthG). The following options are available:

Employment after successful completion of studies in Germany

Following their studies in Germany, foreign graduates can immediately take up employment that matches their qualifications. In order to look for a job in Germany, they will usually receive a residence permit valid for up to 18 months.

Information on the web

  1. Federal Employment Agency (BA) Information on admission to the labour market
  2. KOFA (Centre of Excellence for securing a supply of qualified professionals) International students at German universities: qualified professionals for international market

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