First steps in Germany

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Whether enrolling at your higher education institution, planning your semester or finding part-time work: there are a number of things international students need to take care of once they have arrived in Germany. This section will tell you what to do and where you can find help.

The main contacts

The most important points of contact – from the International Office and student services through to departmental student organisations and international student groups – are listed here.

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Enrolment

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New students enrol at their higher education institution at the start of the semester (matriculation). Even if you have already been studying for one or more semesters, you have to re-register.

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Registering

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Foreign students have to attend to a number of bureaucratic matters once they have arrived in Germany. Most important is registering at the residents registration office.

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Your curriculum

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Studying at a German higher education institution involves a lot of freedom, but also some obligations: when it comes to selecting your courses and planning your semester, personal responsibility is required.

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Improving your German

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Whether chatting in a café, conversing with a tandem partner or at home using your computer: there are many opportunities to improve your language skills in Germany. Here is an overview of the options.

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Side jobs

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There are many ways for international students in Germany to earn money while they study, for example as wait staff, academic assistants or private tutors. But there are some restrictions.

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Work placements

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Many students take advantage of work placements to gain initial professional experience while they are still studying. This experience helps them choose new areas of specialisation in their studies and makes their later entry into the world of work easier.

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Career planning

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A good degree from a German higher education institution opens up many opportunities for international graduates, including of course on the German labour market. The requirements and possibilities are summarised here.

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