For detailed information about the work regulations associated with your residence permit, please read our chapter "Work Permit". In principle, If you came to Germany on a student visa, you can work 120 full (or 240 half-) days per year. If you exceed the 120-day limit, you must inform the immigration office. The regulation mentioned above also applies to internships, even if they are not paid. The time you spend doing an internship is, therefore, subtracted from the permitted 120 days- this will not be the case, however, if you are doing a so-called compulsory internship ("Pflichtpraktikum").
How much can I earn as a student?
You may have to earn money on the side while you study because the BAföG or other financial support you receive is not enough for a living. Or maybe you do not even receive any financial aid- then the only option left is to work and study at the same time. However, having a part-time job ("Nebenjob") can also help you start gaining work experience and establishing professional contacts, even if your student job is not in your future field of work. When it comes to student jobs, there are often many questions: Do I have to pay taxes? What type of insurance should I have? Does my part-time job affect my entitlement to BAföG? Here we answer the most crucial of these questions.
What do I need to know before I start?
Am I allowed to work?
What kinds of student jobs are there?
Where can I find a part-time job?
How many hours am I permitted to work?
How much can I earn?
Can I work during the semester breaks?
Can I receive BAföG despite my part-time job?
Do minimum wage regulations apply to me?
Am I entitled to vacations?
Do your best to find a job with fair conditions. Unfortunately, there are always employers who take advantage of students and, for instance, pay them less than the minimum wage or make them work for a trial period without paying them (in a fair manner). If you face such employers, seek advice from the Student Union ("Studentenwerk") in your university.