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Life of Student in Germany

Updated on 11 February, 2024

upGrad Abroad Team

upGrad Abroad Team

upGrad abroad Editorial Team

Germany is widely regarded as a premier destination for higher education and career development. Renowned for its top-tier universities, it attracts students globally. However, adapting to a new culture poses a challenge, especially for international students from countries like India, given the stark differences in lifestyle, living costs, and more. To address these concerns, upGrad Abroad organized a live webinar featuring Harshit Lingam, an alumnus of IU University, Germany. The session aimed to provide insights into a student's life in Germany, offering valuable information for aspiring students.

What is Cost of Living in Germany

Survival in Germany is highly affordable if you keep your budget in check. The cost of living in Germany ranges from 700 Euros to 900 Euros monthly. Hence, the German government asks to deposit 10,332 Euros as proof of financial resources. In general, students take up multiple part-time and full-time jobs in sectors that help to boost their chances for a better career. 

Are International Students Allowed to Work in Germany

In Germany, international students can work 120 full days and 240 half days yearly. Working more than the allotted days or hours can result in a heavy fine, considering why you should keep a count of your working days and hours. Many international students, including Indian students, work as tutors, waiters, researchers, teaching assistants, etc. Working alongside a job also allows students to witness the amalgamation of different cultures, localities, native people, and students from other countries while increasing their chances of a high-paying job in multiple industries.

Does the Indian Healthcare Plan Work in Germany

In Germany, it is mandatory to have healthcare insurance to avail of the government’s benefits. Any healthcare insurance you have had in India will not be valid in Germany. While registering in the city, you should opt for a public or private insurance plan. Check the cost and benefits before choosing one. 

How to Find Jobs in Germany? 

Germany is a hub for qualified and skilled candidates seeking career opportunities in various fields. The country is a blooming destination, offering jobs in areas such as 

1. Data Science

2. Banking & Finance

3. Insurance

4. Consultants

5. Information Technology

6. Engineers 

7. Medicine

8. Legal and more.

You can find jobs in Germany through job portals, including LinkedIn, Job Mensa, UCM jobs and Zen Jobs, Expatica jobs, JobStairs, Jobooh, Top language jobs, Craigslist, and more. The Federal Employment Agency is the largest provider of jobs in the region, encompassing more than 700 offices and agencies throughout the country. Germany has the lowest unemployment rate in Europe. If you’re skilled, finding jobs in this European country is easy.

Job Opportunities in Germany 

There is a wide range of job opportunities in Germany suitable for Indians and other international students. Let's explore various job sectors and salary figures (on an annual basis) in the country. 

SectorsAverage Annual Salary
Banking & Finance€64k

Source: payscale 2023

Please note- the salary varies depending on your qualifications and experience. 

Courses to Build Better Career in Germany

There are various courses in Germany in numerous fields, both technical and non-technical. It includes the study of medicine, law, basic and applied sciences, business management, architecture, cyber security etc. The information technology sector is booming in the country; you can opt for any course at a lower fee while enjoying world-class infrastructure and facilities under the guidance of highly experienced academicians around the globe.

With upGrad Abroad, students can pursue a master's in cybersecurity and a master's in data science. In both these courses, students can study online at IIIT Bangalore for the first year, and in the second year, they will get an opportunity to study on campus at IU, Germany. As an upGrad learner, there’s no requirement to clear IELTS to qualify for studying these courses in Germany. These programs will provide an opportunity to master programming tools and language, work on projects and case studies, find job opportunities within six months of course completion, and more. 


Ques: How much time can a student work in Germany?

Ans: Students in Germany are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during their studies. If the weekly work hours exceed this limit, they may be obligated to contribute to the German social security system, which could adversely affect their academic pursuits. Additionally, non-EU/EEA students can work in Germany for a maximum of 120 full days or 240 half days per year.

Ques: How long can international students stay in Germany?

Ans: International students in Germany can stay in the country with a student residence permit, which is granted by the Ausländerbehörde (Foreigner's Authority). This permit allows non-EU citizens to reside in Germany for the duration of their studies at a German university and is typically valid for one to two years.

Ques: What is the average cost of living in Germany for students?

Ans: Accommodation choices often influence the average cost of living for students in Germany. While many German universities offer student housing, availability is limited. Approximately 40% of international students opt for student residences, typically around 934 EUR per month, due to their affordability.

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