Working, jobbing, internships
There are many ways for students to earn money while studying. This not only helps to supplement personal finances, but also enables students to directly implement skills learned during their studies and to gain initial work experience and establish professional contacts for the future.
(IMPORTANT: Participants in the preparatory German courses do not have student status and therefore do NOT have a work permit in Germany. This also applies to part-time jobs!)
Classic jobs for students include, for example, working in retail, catering, agencies, at trade fairs and as a tutor. You can also work directly at the university as a student or research assistant. Good German language skills increase your chances of finding a part-time job. Internships - for example, during the semester break - are also a good opportunity to gain professional experience and, if applicable, have it recognised for your studies. However, always keep in mind the legal regulations regarding how much you are allowed to work as an enrolled student.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has compiled the most important information about the legal framework for
employment of foreign students, university graduates, scientists and other academics. You can find this in our Download Centre on the right.
As an interface between the university and the world of work, the Career Service of the University of Wuppertal offers a comprehensive advisory programme on questions of career orientation and planning. The counselling centre provides support both in organising practical studies and in entering the world of work. To this end, it offers students, but also graduates, a range of event and information formats.