Germany Expands in-study Work Opportunities for Foreign Students

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Good News for Germany Aspirants: Country Expands In-study Work Opportunities!

According to the Skilled Immigration Act in Germany, employees with good skills will be preferred for job opportunities. This initiative is taken to hire more skilled foreign workers to cover the country's labour market gaps.

  • According to Germany's latest update, which came into force on 1 March 2024, International students can work up to 20 hours per week, compared to 10 hours previously.
  • Another major update is that this applies to all students, including those in search programmes, German language training or other preparatory studies for higher education.

Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany & President of DAAD’s Say on the New Rolled Out Initiative!

When asked about sharing his views on this measure, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research added, "This creates flexibility, makes it easier to secure a living, and makes the transition into the labour market easier. This makes it even more attractive to come to Germany to start studying or vocational training and to stay here as a skilled worker after graduating."

Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee, the president of DAAD, said, "In Germany, we have been heading towards an ever-increasing gap in skilled workers on the labour market for several years. At the same time, the Federal Republic is becoming increasingly popular as a place to study.”

Further, he also added, “We need to think about both developments together and show international students more effectively and in greater numbers the path to a professional career in Germany. They are highly qualified and well-integrated, and we should make more strategic use of their exciting potential as skilled workers in Germany. As the DAAD, we see politics, universities and industry as having a joint responsibility."

DAAD Joins Hands with Federal Ministry of Education and Research for International Students!

The 1 March measures emphasize the joint announcement between DAAD and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for students who want to study in Germany. This was conducted in December 2023, and according to it, here are a few essential pointers:

  • Providing funding of up to €120 million makes the transition of foreign graduates to work through 2028 smooth.
  • Two new labour force integration programmes will be introduced to retain foreign graduates.

As per the reports, there is an increase in foreign enrolment for 2022-2023 compared to previous years. Also, the international student count reached 367,578, an increase of 5% from a year earlier. It has also been observed that due to non-EU enrollments, the students were mainly from India and China and were willing to study here.

Wrapping Up!

This welcoming initiative by Germany is like an open opportunity for foreign students who aspire to pursue their higher education in this country. Also, this directly impacts the company because of the skilled minds from across the world.


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