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Employment while studying in Germany

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Information on Employment (DAAD)

Are international students allowed to work during their studies in Germany?

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).

Besides the 120 approval-free days, jobs as research or student assistants can also be pursued without requiring approval and without any time limits.

Please note: Internship and work placements (paid or unpaid) are regarded as gainful employment and therefore require the approval by the Foreigners' Office. Only required/compulsory internships that are prescribed as part of the study program or that are necessary to achieve the training objective do not require approval.

Detailed information is available from the DAAD information leaflet which can be found on this website.

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.

Job offers

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

Useful advice on how to look and apply for a job is offered by Osnabrück University’s Career Service and the search engine and database of the Federal Employment Office.

 

Employment in Germany after having finished your studies

After successful completion of their studies, non-EU students can apply for a residence permit for searching a job which fits to their university degree. This residence permit can be issued for up to 18 months.

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Teilnehmer der International summer school "Biomembranes and Cellular Microcompartments" im Labor

© Universität Osnabrück / Uwe Lewandowski

Internationals
Welcome!

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
e-mail: career4internationals@uos.de

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.

Upcoming events

 Interactive lecture: Communication with employers - Successful first contact (in German)

 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.

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

Workshop: Work culture in Germany in Germany in Germany: values, conventions, rituals (in German)

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.