Earning money while studying is a way of life for many international students studying in Germany. Students from the EU countries or EEA or Switzerland can work freely as any German citizen. But outside of these, work while studying is restricted 20 hours per week. To do this you will need authorization from the employment agency as well as the German authorities.
Working On-campus while Studying in Germany
There are many possibilities to earn money during studies in Germany. You can find job ads on the ‘’Schwarzes Brett’’ (notice board) on campus or on your university website. Take note in supermarkets, your university and libraries or other job-finding services for students.
How much you earn in a part-time job on-campus depends on your skills and knowledge. The 20 hours/week work limit may not apply to students who work on-campus. Like say you take a job as student assistant or research assistant at the university, it is usually no problem to exceed this work limit but you are obligated to inform the Alien Registration office.
Working Off-Campus While Studying In Germany
Working off-campus while studying in Germany depends on your skill set and knowledge, the region and branch you will like to work. Larger cities like Munich, Hamburg allows you to earn more money, but cost of living in these areas is usually higher.
While some cahiers in supermarket or fast food restaurants earn around six euros per hour, you can make up to ten euros per hour working in an office or as a promoter. Whatever you decide, remember that you want to be sure the requirement for your country is adhered strictly to.
For instance, you do not need a work permit in Germany if you are from the following countries:
Poland, Portugal, USA, Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Austria, Denmark, Luxembourg, Switzerland, United Kingdom. In fact all EU and EEA countries.
In this category of EU countries you are allowed to work as much as you wish without a work permit. However like German students, the amount may not exceed 20 hours per week. Otherwise you are required to pay into the German social security system.
For students from a different country like Nigeria, you are entitled 20 hours per week.