Part time work in Germany

International students in Germany are given the opportunity not only from the free education system but also from the various opportunities provided by Germany’s government to develop and learn outside of academia. One of them is finding employment in Germany. The German government allow international students to work, although a limited number of hours, while pursuing the studies in the country.

Can i work while studying in Germany?



The short answer is YES. If you’re enrolled in a higher education institution in Germany, you are allowed to work and study. The hours you’re allowed to work are limited and varies according to what you’re studying and your country of origin.

Part time working hours in Germany



  • International students coming from EU member states, including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, are allowed to work 20 hours per week during term times. Although students from these countries are allowed to work more than 20 hours per week, it is not advised since they will be treated like employees and not regular students by the state.
  • Students coming from outside of EU member states are only allowed to work 240 half days or 120 full days per year, either in term or during vacations.

Part time jobs in Germany for students



  • Teaching / Graduate/ Research Assistants at the University
  • As support staff/waiters at cafes, bars, etc.
  • Industrial production assistants
  • English Tutors
  • Retail industry
  • Working online

Where to find them?


  • University Career Cells
  • Online Job Portals
  • Job Agencies (Studentenwerk)
  • University Bulletins

How much can i earn working part time in Germany?

 Depends on job position, region, sector, and expertise

  • There’s a monthly income limit of €450 per month. Earn more than that and you need to pay standard German taxes

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