Matriculated students can work during the semester as student or academic assistants. The HFU posts these positions on a regular basis.
Since July 2016, Student Services Freiburg (Studierendenwerk Freiburg) has been offering a Job Exchange on their service portal. Students can register with their matriculation number and personal ID card or passport, (foreign students also need a residency permit and work permit). Once they are registered, the job offers are visible.
Non-EU and Non EEA students
Since August 2012 international non-EU and non-EEA students can work 120 full or 240 half days per year. No official permission from the German authorities at the Job Centre (Agentur für Arbeit) is required. If they want to work for more than 120 full or 240 half days, official permission from the Job Center and the Foreigner Registration Authorities (Ausländerbehörde) is required.
An exception to this rule is work as a research or student assistant. As long as study is not adversely affected, there is no limit to the number of hours that can be worked, however the immigration authorities must be officially informed.
Students from EU countries and the European Economic Area (EEA)
The standard rules are: EU and EEA students have the same rights as German students with no restrictions on the number of hours or type of work they can undertake. Students from Croatia however, are subject to the same 120/240 day restrictions outlined above. Students from Croatia have limited access to the labour market and require a permit from the Job Centre (Bundesagentur für Arbeit).
If you are a non-EU or non-EEA student and wish to undertake a voluntary internship in Germany, this counts as regular work even if the internship is unpaid! Every day of the internship will be subtracted from the 120 day limit. For example, if you have already worked for 120 days, a special permit from the Foreigner Registration Authorities (Ausländerbehörde) and the Job Centre (Agentur für Arbeit) is required in order to undertake a voluntary internship.
Internships which are a mandatory part of the degree programme (internship semester), do not require a permit from the Foreigner Registration Authorities or the Job Centre.
If you are not completing a degree at a German university (and are only enrolled as an exchange or guest student at HFU) but would like to undertake an internship in Germany, you must have the consent of the International Placement Services Agency (ZAV). This must be applied for at one of the following organizations:
- International Placement Agency (ZAV) in Bonn
- Baden-Württemberg Partnership for the Exchange of Students,Graduates and Knowledge Transfer (KOOR) in Karlsruhe
- Other ZAV-recognized exchange organizations
For further information please contact the HFU International Center.