Do you know you can earn more than €450 per month in Germany as a student? You can now study and work in Germany whether you are a Nigerian, South African, Ghanaian, etc.
Apart from being among the favourite destination for people willing to pursue their higher studies, Germany is also known as one of the countries with the lowest unemployment rates in Europe.
For most people, studying and working in Germany is an attractive option – They are right. Currently, Germany is in need of more workers and students, thus, this is your golden chance to easily get a job and work as a student in Germany.
Below you will find some of the requirements for both non-EU and EU students – The opportunity is open for all, especially Africans.
Before we list out some of the requirements and conditions for studying in Germany as a Nigerian or an African below is a quick rundown of the benefits of studying and working in Germany;
- Whether you’re from Nigeria, Ghana, etc you are allowed to both study and engage in a part-time job.
- There’s no discrimination because all Universities in Germany are completely open for International Students.
- You can easily communicate with people over there, because many people residing in Germany can speak English.
- There are over 16,000 courses available in Germany.
- Many learning institutions in Germany are relatively cheap and most times, almost free.
- German universities rank higher than most universities in other Europe countries. Thus, no organization in the world can underrate or reject their students.
Conditions and Requirements for Working & Studying in Germany
For all those African nationals who intend to engage in a part-time job to supplement your income while studying in Germany, below are different conditions and requirements:
Non-EU/EEA students can still work while studying, for 240 half-days or 120 full days per year. Meanwhile, if you start working as a research assistant or student assistant at your university, this is usually not going to be counted in your limit. Nevertheless, whenever you take up this kind of jobs, you must notify the Alien Registration Office.
In Germany, students can earn up to US$500 every month tax-free. But if you wish to earn more than that, then you’ll have to receive an income tax number and have automatic tax deductions from your salary. Please note that some employers can withhold income tax in spite of the low income, notwithstanding, you can reclaim this after you must have submitted your income tax statement.
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If you take an internship as a student during your semester break, even if it’s unpaid, it will be counted as normal work. Thus, every day of your internship will be subtracted from your 120-day credit balance. Nonetheless, compulsory internships which are often required for your course are not included in your limit.
Be also informed that non-EU students are not allowed to work in a freelance or self-employed capacity.
To easily find a job in Germany, it’s often good that you have completed an internship during your studies or have a basic knowledge of the German language. Nonetheless, if you’re studying a preparatory course (Studienkolleg) or a language, the requirements are stricter. Thus, you are only allowed to work in lecture-free periods and with the consent of only the Federal Employment Agency and the foreigners’ authority.
Next… We will be showing you the full requirements and how to apply to study and work in Germany.