Germany Extends Working Hours for International Students

International students in Germany can now work up to 20 hours per week! This new regulation applies to students, those in language courses, and even those looking for a study place.

International students heading to Germany for studies often seek working opportunities to support themselves during their courses. Understanding the legalities and limitations of working hours is crucial for students navigating the German job market.

Expanded Working Hours

As of March 1, 2024, new regulations have simplified the rules surrounding working hours for international students and apprentices in Germany. The updates see a significant expansion in permissible working hours, increasing from ten to 20 hours per week.

Enhanced Opportunities for Students

These changes aim to provide relief and flexibility for foreign students and trainees. The expanded employment options now allow individuals to work up to 20 hours per week, whether as a working student, alongside their training, or during periods of searching for a study place or vocational training opportunity.

Benefits for Students and the Economy

This change offers several advantages:

  • Increased Flexibility: Students can now earn a better living to support themselves during their studies.
  • Smoother Transition: The additional income can ease the transition into the German labor market after graduation.
  • Enhanced Attractiveness: Germany has become a more appealing destination for international students seeking quality education and work opportunities.

Inclusive Measures

The revised regulations are inclusive, extending to individuals participating in language courses, study preparation measures, or seeking vocational training or higher education in Germany. This inclusivity demonstrates Germany’s commitment to supporting aspiring professionals and students throughout their academic and professional journeys.

Facilitating Transition to the Labour Market

The implementation of these new rules not only provides flexibility but also facilitates the transition to the labour market. By enabling individuals to earn a living while studying or training, Germany enhances its attractiveness as a destination for prospective students and skilled professionals alike.

Beyond Students: Skilled Immigration Gets a Boost

The new regulations extend beyond students. The Skilled Immigration Act also includes provisions for:

  • IT specialists: Easier access to the German labour market.
  • Nursing professionals: Streamlined procedures for qualified nurses and assistants.
  • Entrepreneurs: Simplified processes for business founders with a start-up grant.
  • Short-term workers: Clear regulations for foreign workers on short-term assignments (up to 8 months).


These comprehensive changes reflect Germany’s commitment to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for international students, trainees, and skilled professionals, further solidifying its position as a top destination for education and career development.


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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, he's passionate about writing.

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