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Are you an international student of the UOS? Do you have any questions about finding and applying for a job in Germany and would like to learn more about the regional job market?

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Bianca Schulz and Franziska Werner

phone: +49 541 969 -4138 or -4601


Whether you are looking for a part-time job to finance your studies, need an internship or want to start your career in Germany after graduation, we will show you different ways to find the right employer in Germany - from the first orientation to research on the Internet to the job interview.

Project Study and Stay @OS

Within the framework of the DAAD-funded project Study and Stay @OS, we seek to support foreign graduates of Osnabrück University in their transition to the regional job market.

On the basis of surveys of regional employers, experts and foreign students and graduates, we will develop specific services to meet the requirements and needs of the region: a new information platform (currently being set up) will identify the expectations and needs of graduates and employers and communicate best practices. In cooperation with regional company representatives and multipliers, such as the Sprachenzentrum and the Agentur für Arbeit as well as the Wirtschaftsförderung Osnabrück and the WIGOS Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Osnabrücker Land, we will provide needs-oriented advice and organize events for students, convey skills and knowledge about the German labor market and thus facilitate their career entry.

Foreign graduates of Osnabrück University are characterized by their multilingualism, intercultural competence and networking as well as their independence and motivation. They offer companies in our region a way to counteract the shortage of skilled workers and set the course for the future in a sustainable way.

Survey of international students at UOS on the topic of job search and career entry in Germany

At the end of 2020, the project "Study and Stay @OS" conducted a survey among international students of the UOS on the topic of job search and career entry in Germany. Based on these results, various offers and measures catering to the needs of international students will be derived within the project period in order to support the target group in the transition to the regional job market.

To the results: Survey results (PDF as download with limited accessibility for people with disabilities) (PDF, 667 kB)


Upcoming Events

You are an international student in Osnabrück and you would like to do an internship or find a job in Germany during your studies or after graduation? In this session, we will give you information and helpful tips to start your search and write your application: What are my perspectives as an international student Germany? How do employers recruit new interns and employees? Where do I find internship and job offers? Which documents should I included in my application package?

Mrs. Kerstin Frodl (Center for International Students, Hochschule Osnabrück) and Mrs. Bianca Schulz (International Office, Osnabrück University) will offer this session in English.

When and where?

On Wednesday, April 28th 2021,10:15 am to 11:00 am

Via Zoom

How to attend?

Please register for the job fair CHANCE at: :

Once your account is confirmed, log in and you will see the list of sessions offered on April 28th. From there, you can sign in for the session titled “How to apply for a job or an internship in Germany”.

The job fair is free of charge, so feel free to use it and get in touch with employers for potential jobs and internships. From April 24th to 28th, you will have access to the online booths and on April 28th you will be able to chat with company representatives.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Bianca Schulz (International Office) at

May 5, 2021, 14:15 -1 6:00, BigBlueButton

"And what will you do with that?" How often have you heard this phrase as a humanities or social science student? Unlike degree programs in, for example, law or medicine, there is no specific career goal at the end of a humanities or social science degree. But, precisely because these degree programs are so diverse, graduates may have access to a plethora of occupational fields.

In our online event on career entry for international students of the humanities and social sciences, experts from the Agentur für Arbeit (Federal Agency of Employment) will introduce you to various occupational fields for social scientists and humanities graduates in the region and in Germany. They will explain how you, as an international student, can assert yourself on the German job market with the right profile building, search and application strategies. Moreover, Mr. Olaf Röhrbein (Human Resources at Diakonie Osnabrück Stadt und Land) will provide insights into important aspects concerning career entry from an employer's perspective, such as application and recruitment procedures, and selection interviews. After the talk, you will have the opportunity for open exchange in a Q&A session.


  • Sabine Najib (Employment Agency, pre-employment career counseling)
  • Sabine Schulte (Employment Agency, career counseling in working life)
  • Olaf Röhrbein (Human Resources Officer of the Diakonie Osnabrück Stadt und Land)
  • Bianca Schulz (Osnabrück University, International Office, Project Study & Stay @OS)

This offer is part of the DAAD project "Study and Stay @OS" and primarily aims at international students (Bachelor/ Master/ Staatsexamen). German students with interest in the topic are also welcome.

The event will be held in German.

Registration via StudIP

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May 25, 2021, 14:15 - 16:45, BigBlueButton

Perhaps you are thinking of staying in Germany after graduation, but are not yet sure how to start your career or what to look out for in your application. In this event, you will learn in two lectures how the German vocational training and employment system is structured and what this means for applications in the German job market. Experts from the Agentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency) and the NOSTA Group will explain the specifics of the German education and labor market, and how to successfully apply for jobs. After the talks, the speakers will answer your questions on the topic in a Q&A session.


  • Sabine Najib (Employment Agency, pre-employment career counseling)
  • Vincent Conradi (Employment Agency, career counseling in working life)
  • Nora Spieker und Julia Butke (NOSTA Group, Recruiting Team)
  • Franziska Werner (Osnabrück University, International Office, Project Study & Stay @OS)

This offer is part of the DAAD project "Study and Stay @OS" and primarily aims at international students (Bachelor/ Master/ Staatsexamen). German students with interest in the topic are also welcome.

The event will be held in German.

Regsitration via StudIP

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June 2, 2021, 14:15 - 15:45, BigBlueButton

Online exchange with two international graduates from Osnabrück‘s universities on their strategies to successfully enter the German job market.

Over a cup of coffee, you will learn how to prepare for starting a career in Germany during your time at university. What obstacles are there in the application process? Which strategies have proven successful and what should you avoid?

Ask your questions to social scientist Mohamed Khalil and economist Anna Gert, who have successfully started their careers in Germany.

The event is is a joint offer by the two Osnabrück DAAD Integra projects "Mentoring.INTERKULT" (University of Applied Sciences) and "Study and Stay @UOS" (University).

Do you want to be part of the event?
Resgistration and Big Blue Button Link in StudIP

Registration for students of the University of Applied Sciences via

In which language will the event be held?
The event will be held in English.

What do I need?
Camera, microphone, a cup of coffee (or tea, cocoa...)

Who will participate?

Our guests
Mohamed Selim Khalil studied "Journalism and Mass Communication" and “International Relations” at the American University in Cairo (AUC)before continuing his studies in America and working as a lecturer. In 2012, he came to Osnabrück as a DAAD scholarship holder and completed the master's program "Democratic Governance and Civil Society" at the University of Osnabrück. Since 2016, he has been working as a social worker for integration in the city of Bünde. Additionally, he teaches as a lecturer in the Department of Islamic Studies and is involved in local politics on a voluntary basis.

Anna Gert first studied International Management in Belarus and then obtained a Master's degree in Economy and Management of the National Economy at the Belarusian National Technical University. After gaining initial professional experience in the areas of financial risk assessment and investment risk insurance, she continued her studies in 2012 at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, where she completed another master's degree in International Business and Management. Since 2014, she has been employed at HARTING Systems GmbH in Espelkamp, where she works as an International Key Account Manager. Since November 2020, she has been volunteering as a mentor in the Mentoring.INTERKULT program at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences.


Jana Sponbiel (Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, LearningCenter, project "Mentoring.INTERKULT")
Bianca Schulz (Osnabrück University, International Office, project "Study and Stay @OS)

Feel free to spread the word!

Any questions?
You are welcome to email questions for our guests in advance to

For organizational questions regarding the event, please contact:

University students:
University of Applied Sciences students:

June 11, 2021, 9:00 - 16:00, BigBlueButton

Many international students at Osnabrück University are considering a career in the region or in Germany. But how does a selection process work and how can you impress potential employers in an interview? With a mixture of input and practical exercises, you will acquire skills for conducting an interview for an internship or job in Germany.


Preparation for job interviews

  • Job interviews in Germany
  • Digital job interviews vs. face-to-face interviews
  • What skills are important to companies in 2021?

Selection methods in job interviews:

  • The most important questions in job interviews
  • Self-presentation
  • Case Studies

Practical exercise:

  • Mock interviews
  • Reflection & Feedback


Nazife Sarcan ( Diversity Training & Beratung)

Dieses Angebot wird im Rahmen des DAAD- Projektes "Study and Stay @OS" angeboten und richtet sich an internationale Studierende (Bachelor/ Master/ Staatsexamen).

This course is offered as part of the DAAD project "Study and Stay @OS" and is aimed at international students (Bachelor/ Master/ Staatsexamen).

The event will be held in German.

A binding registration is required by May 30, 2021. The number of participants is limited to 12. Due to the limited number of participants, it is important that you reliably show up for the event. If you register and cannot attend, it is necessary that you cancel your registration as soon as possible in order to allow interested persons on the waiting list to participate. If you do not show up without excuse, your admission to all our future events will be handled at a lower priority (blacklist).

Registration via StudIP

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16.06.2021, 14:15 – 15:45 Uhr, BigBlueButton

June 16, 2021, 14:15 – 15:45, BigBlueButton

Doing research at the University or working in the free market? For students of Cognitive Science, Systems Science, and Computer Science, job opportunities look promising. However, precisely because these degree programs are so diverse, graduates are faced with having to choose between a plethora of potential careers.

In our online event on the topic of career entry for international students of Cognitive Science, Systems Science, and Computer Science, you will learn how you can assert yourself as an international student on the German job market with the right profile building, search and application strategies. Ms. Ulrike Wagner (Head of HR Greenbone Networks GmbH) will give insight into career entry, application and recruitment procedures, and selection interviews from an employer's point of view. Greenbone Networks is a regional IT security company and, for the past few years, has been employing (international) students and graduates of UOS. After the talk you will have the opportunity for open exchange in a Q&A session.


  • Ulrike Wagner (Head of HR Greenbone Networks GmbH)
  • international Almunus/Alumna (Greenbone Networks GmbH)
  • Franziska Werner (Osnabrück University, International Office, Project Study & Stay @OS)

This offer is part of the DAAD project "Study and Stay @OS" and primarily aims at international students (Bachelor/ Master/ Staatsexamen). German students with interest in the topic are also welcome.

The event will be held in English.

Registration via StudIP

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Event archive

Info Café/Info Talk for international students: Study financing and part-time jobs

March, 16th 2021 from 14:15 - 15:45 hrs

The International Office of UOS and the Social Counseling Service of the Osnabrück Student Services invite international students in order to discuss questions about study financing and part-time jobs. This online event will provide an overview of the legal framework for part-time student jobs, search strategies and other financing options.

After the short talk, there will be an opportunity for a chat over a cup of coffee.

Join in?

Registration and Big Blue Button Link in StudIP

Which language?

The lecture will be held in German, the presentation slides will include an English translation and questions can be clarified in English.

What do I need?

Camera, microphone, a cup of coffee (or tea, or hot chocolate...)

Who is in?

Bianca Schulz, Project "Study and Stay @OS", International Office
Kristin Delfs, Social Counseling, Osnabrück Student Services

Don’t forget to tell your friends!

Any questions?

Please contact us via


 November 25th, 2020, 14:15-15:45 hrs, Big Blue Button

"You never get a second chance for a first impression“ ist eine gängige Lebensweisheit. Insbesondere bei der Jobsuche ist es wichtig, sich professionell zu präsentieren. Die Veranstaltung gibt Hinweise, was bei der Ansprache von Arbeitgeber*innen in Deutschland wichtig ist.
In einem Impulsvortrag gibt Sandra Schürmann von der Wirtschaftsförderung des Landkreises Osnabrück wichtige Hinweise, was in der Praxis bei der Anbahnung von Kontakten zu beachten ist. Stefan Serwe vom Sprachenzentrum der Universität Osnabrück geht im Anschluss darauf ein, welcher Sprachstil und welche sprachlichen Mittel im Erstkontakt mit Arbeitgebern angemessen sind.
Im Anschluss besteht die Gelegenheit, gemeinsam mit den Expert*innen Fragen zu klären und den Erstkontakt mit dem Wunscharbeitgeber einzuüben.

Sandra Schürmann (WIGOS), Dr. Stefan Serwe (Sprachenzentrum), Bianca Schulz (Study and Stay @OS)
Registration via StudIP.

December 3rd, 2020, 13:00 - 19:00 hrs, Big Blue Button

Gibt es eine deutsche Arbeitskultur und wenn ja, was zeichnet sie aus? Auf Grundlage der Forschung zu kulturellen Unterschieden in nationalen Arbeitskulturen und mithilfe vieler lustiger Anekdoten werden wir diese Fragen gemeinsam kritisch bearbeiten. Der Workshop bietet Ihnen eine Einführung in zentrale Aspekte der deutschen Arbeitskultur, z.B. die Rolle und Auswirkung von Effizienz, Spezialisierung und Zuverlässigkeit. Darüber hinaus bekommen Sie den Raum, Ihre eigenen Erfahrungen in Deutschland und Ihrer Herkunftskultur zu reflektieren. Wir werden zudem gemeinsam Handlungsoptionen erarbeiten, mit denen Sie Ihren eigenen kulturellen Hintergrund gewinnbringend in deutsche Arbeitskontexte einbringen, sowie Ihre fortlaufende kulturelle Sozialisation bewusst erleben und steuern können.

Referentin: Dr. Debbie Coetzee-Lachmann
Registration via StudIP.

Diese Angebote richten sich insbesondere an internationale Studierende (Bachelor/Master/Staatsexamen). Deutsche Studierende mit Interesse am Thema sind ebenfalls willkommen.

Knowledge databases on working in Germany

Make it in Germany

The multilingual website of the Federal Government for skilled workers from abroad

Make it in Germany is the German government's multilingual website for qualified professionals from around the world who want to work in Germany. It offers information starting with making preparations in the country of origin, to  arriving and taking the first steps in Germany. Prospective international students gain insight into studying in Germany. Graduates learn about work opportunities in Germany, how they can best organize their job search, and what German application procedures entail.

The website provides a compact guidebook for download on topics such as job search, visa, application, etc:

The website’s media library contains experts’ and explanatory videos as well as webinars on working in Germany.

In the glossary you will find explanations of important terms:

In addition, Make it in Germany offers an overview of important partner networks that allow you to access additional and more in-depth content:

Study in Germany

The official campaign by the Federal Government for Germany as a study location

The Study in Germany website also offers tips on how to successfully start a career in Germany


Highly qualified migrants for small and medium-sized companies

The project "WelKMU - Highly Qualified Migrants for Small and Medium-Sized Companies" aims to prepare students and young university graduates with a migration background for the German labor market at an early stage, to integrate them into companies, and to employ them permanently. The website offers a wide range of information on starting a career at small and medium-sized companies.

An excellent, comprehensive brochure on finding employment in Germany is available for download (German language only). The brochure describes in detail all relevant topics, from orientation and planning, to job search, application, and interview:

Working during your studies

Students from non-EU countries enrolled in a regular study program are usually allowed to work 120 full or 240 half working days per calendar year without approval by the Foreigners' Office (Ausländerbehörde).

Barring the 120 approval-free days, students may pursue jobs as research or student assistants without approval and without any time limits.

Please note: Internship and work placements (paid or unpaid) are regarded as gainful employment and therefore require approval by the Foreigners' Office. Only compulsory internships that are mandatory components of a study program do not require approval.

Students from EU member states have the same employment privileges as German students. They may work up to 20 hours per week. They may also be self-employed.


Internship Search/Job Search

Many jobs are offered on the University’s “Schwarzes Brett” (notice board), so keep your eyes open. There is also an online notice board, where local businesses regularly place “help wanted” ads.

The search engine and database of the Federal Employment Office (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) or (industry-specific) online job databases and meta-search engines (e.g.; also see brochure WelKMU p. 17) provide useful information on job searches and applications. In addition, employment ads/postings can often be found directly on company websites. A visit to job fairs can also be worthwhile.

In addition, EURES, a European cooperation network of employment agencies promoting the free movement of workers, offers an overview of job postings throughout Europe: EURES - The European Job Mobility Portal.

On the website of Osnabrück University’s discontinued Career Service project you will find further information.


Study financing

The explanatory video of the “Deutsches Studentenwerk” (German Student Services) explains requirements and options for financing your studies as an international student, legal restrictions for short-term and marginal employment, and gives practical tips for planning your studies in Germany.

Legal advice and discrimination during studies

The department for foreign students of the AStA (Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss) advises on all questions regarding studies, residence in Germany, visa matters, housing, general questions about the city of Osnabrück, and related concerns. For all student legal problems and questions, the AStA legal advice is the right place to go.

In case of unfair disadvantage and discrimination, the Equal Opportunity Office will advise you:

Career and vocational counseling

The staff of the Federal Employment Office (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) will advise you in all matters pertaining to starting a career in Germany.

“Fachstudienberater*innen” (specialized academic advisors) are representatives of a subject or a degree program (usually academic staff or professors). They advise you in all subject-related concerns for your study/degree program of choice .

A list of contacts for each subject can be found under the keyword "Fachstudienberatung" on the website of the Central Student Advisory Service:

The individual Schools, the International Office, and the ZePros will advise you on the topic of doctoral studies.

For diversity-sensitive job and career counseling, you can contact the Equal Opportunity Office:


If you are thinking about dropping out of your degree program and finding a job, the following s services will prove useful to you:

Doctorate/PhD Programs

The individual Schools, the International Office and the ZePros will advise you on the topic of doctoral studies.

Founder Consulting/Founder Coaching

Transfer and Innovation Management (TIM) is a joint institution of Osnabrück University and the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, and is the central contact point for all members of both universities who are interested in founding a company.

Visa and residence matters

As a graduate of a German university, you can accept a job in Germany that corresponds to your studies. You can obtain the necessary residence permit from the relevant Foreigners' Office. If you have not yet found a suitable job after completing your studies, you can obtain a residence permit from the Foreigners' Registration Office for 18 months to search for a job that matches your qualifications. During this time, you may take up any activity to ensure your livelihood. (Source: Guide: Working in Germany)

You can obtain further advice and support from the relevant immigration authorities:


If you are looking for interpreters and translators, the following database can help you:

Networks and Networking

The Federal Association of Foreign Students (Bundesverband ausländischer Studierender BAS e. V.) represents the interests of foreign and stateless students as well as students with migration experiences in Germany. BAS is the nationwide association of foreign student representatives at German universities. Members are the student bodies (AStA, StuRa, StuVe etc.).

Further contacts persons and advisory services

The following institutions can advise you:

You may face a number of challenges during your studies. The German Student Services (Studentenwerke) offer you help and support in all questions concerning your studies, family, housing, and finances. You will receive individual, free, and confidential advice:

From language development courses, to occasional studies and leisure activities: students and teaching staff at Osnabrück University have developed a range of offers and initiatives in a bid to, support and welcome refugees in and around Osnabrück:

STUBE Niedersachsen is a policy-oriented development program accompanying your studies. It is a forum for questions of sustainable education and development as well as personal future planning. STUBE offers educational, counseling, and support services primarily to students from Africa, Asia, and Latin America who are studying at universities in Lower Saxony: