Preparation for studying in Germany

How to prepare for your studies abroad

Starting a whole new life in a different country, sometimes a different continent, is exciting but can also be scary. We are here to inform you about the most important things you need to know, so you can fully enjoy your time as a student in Germany.

Visa for Germany

In order to study in Germany, you may need to obtain a visa. This allows you to live in Germany for a set amount of time.
As an EU resident, you do not need a visa or residence permit.

Please note: It takes at least three months to obtain your visa or permit, so we advise you to start the application process as early as possible.

For more information, visit our sister website Hochschule Fresenius or contact the International Office.

Living in Germany

In Germany, it is common to live in a so-called WG – Wohngemeinschaft – as a student. The shared appartments are a great way to get to know locals! You can also live in student accommodation, by yourself, or with a family.

You will most likely need a German bank account, insurance, and sim card for your phone.

For more detailed information, visit our sister website Hochschule Fresenius.

Learning German

While Germany – and especially AMD’s campus cities – is quite international, it can never be wrong to learn German. If you want to work while studying or do an internship within Germany, a certain knowledge of the language is usually expected.

Learn more about our language courses on our sister website Hochschule Fresenius.

Student jobs and work experience

It is very common in Germany for students to work during their studies. As an international student, there are a few things you need to consider when you want to gain work experience in Germany.

Generally speaking, there are three types of employment in Germany:

  • Minijob: monthly income of up to 450€; not based on hours worked
  • Working student: max. 20 hours of work per week; not based on monthly income
  • Internship: working full-time for a certain amount of time (usually three to six months); mostly paid but some internships are unpaid

Students from the EU/EEA have the same rights as German students and are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week. Students from other countries, however, are permitted to work 120 full days or 240 half days per year.

For further information, visit our sister website Hochschule Fresenius:

Do you have any other questions regarding your preparation for your stay in Germany? We are happy to help, so please do not hesitate to contact us.

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