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Part-time jobs for Students in Germany

Part-time jobs for Students in Germany

In order to survive, one needs at least 800-900 Euros per month in Germany and it is really helpful if one gets a part-time job in Germany while studying. As a part-time employee, you can earn 8 Euros to 12 Euros per hour.

How will I find a part-time job in Germany?

The best way to find a part-time job in Germany is to:

  • learn German till B1 level (or at least A2 level)
  • Make your resume in the German language
  • Visit restaurants like KFC, McD, shops, shopping centers like Lidl, ReWe etc. and talk to the boss, if there is any vacancy and give your resume there.

Online application does not help very much but yes, you can search for online jobs on the internet and visit the job places and talk to the boss.

Here are some websites, which might help to find you a part-time job:

Important things for international non-EU students in Germany:

  • Students, who have gone to Germany to learn the German language, are not allowed to work part-time or full time.
  • As a University student, you are allowed to work only 120 full days or 240 half days in a year.
  • These 120 full days also include your internship period. So choose your 120 full working days very wisely.
  • You can not work for more than 20 hours per week.
  • You can work as a full-time freelancer.
  • If you want to work more than 120 full or 240 half days, you need the approval of the Employment Agency(Arbeitsamt) and the immigration office(Ausländerbehörde).


Job as a scientific or student assistant (for example, a research assistant a.k.a. HiWi with a professor at a university, or at a research institute; student jobs with ASTA or Studentenwerk) is an exception to above rules. As long as the study does not get harmed, you are allowed to work without time restrictions. But the foreigner’s authority must be informed, if you want to work as a scientific or student assistant.

I have come to Germany on a pathway program or to learn German. Am I allowed to do a part-time job?

A big No. No matter, what your agent/consultant says, it is illegal to do a part-time job as a language student, unless until you have permission from the Federal Employment Agency (Agentur für Arbeit) and the Immigration Office (Ausländerbehörde) and only during the recess period i.e. the period, in which you don’t have classes.

Is income from a part-time job taxable?

It depends on income.

  • If you are earning less than €450/month in total, then you don’t need to pay any tax. In this case, your job will be considered as Mini Job and registration with mini-job center (Minijob-Zentrale) required.
  • If you are earning more than €450/month but less than €9000/month in total, then normal taxes will be applied to you but they will be refunded at the end of the year by filing an income tax return (Steuererklärung). In this case, you will need a Tax card.
  • If you are earning more than €9000/month in total, then normal taxes of Tax class 1 will be applied to you. In this case, you will need a Tax card.


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