Are you living in Germany for the first time and need a guide to help you navigate your first steps in Germany, including the requirements of public authorities? You’re in the right place. You will find the information and helpful links you need here.
Researchers from abroad can also get information from Research in Bavaria. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides information for students and scientists. Further important information can be found at EURAXESS Germany.
Visa and Entry
This topic is especially relevant for students and researchers from third countries – this term is very common in the German foreigners law and refers to countries which are not part of the European Union. We recommend that you inform yourself as early as possible about the relevant formalities.
Insurance System in Germany
Germany is often referred to as the land of insurance—and for good reason as there is insurance for almost everything. We have put together a list of the ones that will be important to you.
Social, liability or health insurance? These are the types of insurance you should have
Banking System and Financing
A German bank account is helpful and often necessary—and not just to avoid possible bank fees for international transactions. Some landlords and insurance companies also require a German bank account for them to deduct money from your account.
Working in Germany
As a student, your studies should always be the focus and the main reason of your stay in Germany. Therefore, you may not work more than 20 hours per week. Additionally, students from third countries are not allowed to work more than 120 full or 240 half days per year and are not allowed to be self-employed. An exception to this rule is employment as a research assistant. If you belong to this group and are unsure about taking up a new job, please contact the Welcome Center or the Foreigners’ Office in your jurisdiction. As far as salary is concerned, there is a statutory minimum wage in Germany that is regularly adjusted. Since January 1, 2024, this has been 12,41 EUR per hour.
Never start a job without signing an employment contract! You can find out in detail what this contract should look like and what it should contain on the Make it in Germany website.
Life in Germany
As in any country, there are some peculiarities or common practices in Germany that may differ from other countries. You will also find important information about cycling and driving that you should read before you get on the saddle or behind the wheel.