Living and Working in Germany after Graduation
Graduates from the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) have free access to the German job market.
Foreign students are encouraged to remain in Baden-Württemberg after graduation as businesses in Baden-Württemberg urgently need skilled workers. Foreign graduates are allowed to extend their residency permit for up to 18 months after completion of studies in order to look for employment. During this period they can work as much as they want. The 18 months start as soon as the final exam result has been issued in writing. So, anyone wishing to work in Germany after graduating should already start looking for a job in their final semester.
Regulations in brief:
- Students are allowed to work up to 120 days a year in a part-time job during their course of study
- Graduates are allowed 18 months to search for employment. During this time they are allowed to take on any type of employment to support themselves
- Permanent residency status can be applied for after only 2 years of employment in Germany
Details of regulations can be found here.
For more information on current jobs click here.
Further job vacancies can also be found (in German) here.