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Why Germany? Study at the Home of IU

IU connects you to Germany, a country renowned for its first-class education, economic strength, and top living standards. Whether you choose to study fully online or on-campus, you’ll graduate with a globally recognised and accredited German degree that will help you forge an international career path, starting from the heart of the EU.

Today, over 400,000 international students are enrolled in higher education in Germany – and for good reason. The country boasts a highly regarded education system with low tuition fees, affordable student living costs, and tons of opportunities to live and work in Germany after graduation.

German-quality, career-focused education

Aside from traditional universities, Germany is also home to universities of applied sciences (UAS or Fachhochschulen), where theory and practice go hand-in-hand. This educational model is unique to Germany and is a driving force behind its low unemployment rate in the EU.

According to the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies, five years after graduation, UAS graduates earn an average of €47,700 per year, roughly 14.8% more than university graduates.

For over 20 years, IU has been at the forefront of career-oriented education, offering specialised degrees in high-demand fields such as business, engineering, and technology.

Launch a career in Germany

Career prospects in EU’s largest economy

Be in the heart of the world’s largest single-market economy, the EU. As the largest European economy, Germany is home to some of the biggest names in STEM industries and a highly promising tech & IT sector, brimming with opportunities for graduates.

7.1% of world trade share

the third largest after China and the U.S

3rd biggest exporter

with over €11.9B to the U.S.

4th largest economy

in the world

3.1% unemployment rate

the third lowest in the EU

29 Fortune Global 500 companies

are headquartered in Germany

27,241 EU Blue Cards

issued to non-EU workers in 2018

Facts about the German labour market

  • Due to demographic changes and technological innovations, 352 of 801 occupations in Germany are currently facing a shortage of skilled labour. 

  • At the end of 2021, there were 96,000 vacant positions in the IT sector. There is high demand for specialists in software development, data science, IT security, and application support. 

  • A whopping 79% of job vacancies are in the STEM and business fields, where skilled professionals with vocational qualifications are largely lacking. 

  • Government initiatives such as the Skilled Immigration Act and EU Blue Card have made it easier for non-EU skilled professionals with vocational qualifications to work and live in Germany. 

Get an 18-month post study visa

According to an alumni survey, 90% of our graduates would like to remain in Germany after their studies. As an IU student, you are eligible to apply for an 18-month post study visa if you join us on campus within the last six months before graduation. This lets you stay in Germany to search for a job related to your area of study and potentially secure a long-term work visa or EU Blue Card.

Where we’re based

Start your career in Berlin or Bad Honnef

Our German campuses in Berlin and Bad Honnef are both well positioned for IU graduates to gain access to labour markets in hugely significant areas of the country. Read more about our On-campus study model if you want to experience student life in Germany.

IU Berlin

Study in Germany’s capital city, home to some of the world’s biggest and well-known companies. Berlin boasts a thriving community of expats, a relatively cheap cost of living, and an energetic start-up scene that’s ideal for creatives and the self-employed. The redevelopment of Tegel Airport into a science and technology park will also create 20,000 new jobs in R&D for the tech, sustainability, and engineering

IU Bad Honnef

Just a 2-hour train ride away you’ll find yourself in Frankfurt, the country’s leading financial centre and home to the European Central Bank. The IU campus is also a short distance from Cologne, where a booming automotive industry lies, and Bonn, which offers a modern research-oriented scientific environment with an average salary of €65,000 a year.

Work and study in Germany

Strict work-life balance and labour laws

Germany is known for its strong labour laws and benefits in the high employment standards set out by the EU. The Working Time Act (Arbeitszeitgesetz) limits the working week to a maximum of 48 hours.

Some industries and companies will require longer hours but, in general, you can expect a working week of 36-40 hours, with a minimum daily break of 30 minutes. Part-time jobs usually involves working under 30 hours per week. Read on to find out more about working as an international student in Germany.

Student jobs in Germany

As a student, you can work up to 120 full days (8 hours per day) or 240 half days (4 hours per day) every year. If you study on campus in Germany, you’ll get to enjoy the flexibility of attending a mix of online and in-person lectures. This will free up some of your time if you’d like to take on a part-time job in Germany.

Mini Job

This is perfect for those looking to earn some side income to fund your living expenses in Germany. You’ll find tons of mini jobs as waiters/waitresses, retail staff, babysitting, and more.

It’s essentially minimum-waged part-time work and you can only earn a maximum of €450 per month. This means you don’t need to contribute to taxes or social and health insurances.

Working Student Job

This is ideal for those who want to kickstart a career in Germany while studying. You’ll work in a large company in a field related to your studies, for instance in marketing or human resources. This allows you to:

  • apply the knowledge acquire in the classroom in practice
  • gain relevant work experience and industry networking
  • potentially have a job offer at the same company after graduation
  • get better earnings than at a mini job

You’ll typically work 20 hours per week at an average of €14 per hour. These jobs will cross the tax threshold, but as a student you can claim the taxes back at the end of the tax year.

Useful resources for students

Here's a list of links to help you learn more about studying and working in Germany.

Personal counselling

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