Live and work in Germany after graduation

Foreign students are encouraged to remain in Baden-W├╝rttemberg after graduation as businesses in Baden-W├╝rttemberg urgently need skilled workers. Graduates from the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) have free access to the German job market. By contrast, graduates from other countries are allowed to extend their residency permit for up to 18 months after completing their studies for the purpose of looking for employment. Incidentally, during this period you can work as much as you want. The 18 months start as soon as the final exam result has been issued in writing. So, anyone wanting to work in Germany after completing their studies 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.