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Good News: Financial Aid for Students in Germany
The coronavirus outbreak has caused financial hardships to many students in Germany. Since thousands of students in Germany financially depend on the limited number of part-time work hours they can do while studying, working has become a challenge due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Njomza Zegiri of, two-third of international students depends on their par-time works to cover their living expenses. A survey conducted on Study-in Germany portal also indicates that 85% of current and potential international students admit that the outbreak has impacted their plans to study in Germany one way or the other. In many ways of intervening to the sufferings caused by the outbreak, the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek has announced the provision of interest-free loans of up to 650 euros a month via state owned development bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau for students. Additionally, the ministry would also provide “emergency funds” with non-repayable grants worth 100 million euros for students which would be distributed by the Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW). However, this only applies to students studying at German Public Universities. This support is available as from 16th June, 2020 and the funds will be granted for 3 months. To benefit from the emergency fund, these are the important steps that should be taken: i. Applicants must upload study certificate, study ID and the bank statements of their accounts from February or March without blacking out anything. ii. The applications of the students are then forwarded via the online portal to the student union responsible for them. Student Union will be processing and paying out the funds to the applicants. Depending on the proven need, the students can then hope for a grant of between 100 and 500 euros for the months of June, July and August. It should be noted that the balance on your account the day before the application is the criteria for the amount of the support you will receive. This implies that your account status determines the amount of fund that would be given. For instance, if you still have 200 euros in your account, you can receive 300 euros as help for the month. If you have less than 100 euros in your account, you get the full 500 euros. Anyone who has at least 500 euros in their accounts will not receive any support. Applications for support can be submitted from (12 noon) Tuesday, 16th June, 2020 at Applications will be paid out starting from June 25, 2020.
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Working during your studies will not only help you gain some pocket money or help you cover your living expenses, but it is also a good way to polish your CV and gain work experiences. Are you considering Germany as your study destination? If you consider Germany to be the best place for you to pursue your studies, it would probably be a good idea to know if you are also allowed to work and what kind of work opportunities you will find available during the period of your studies. Here are some of the tips you should know as a student in Germany. 1. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STUDENT WORK PERMIT IN GERMANY? If you come from an EU/ EEA country, you do not need a work permit to get a job in Germany, and there is no limitation to how much you can work. However, if you work more than 20 hours per week then you are required to pay taxes to the German social security system. For instance, if you earn more than 450 EUR in your job regularly, you will need an income tax number. Deductions will be made automatically from your salary but you will get back the tax you have paid at the end of the year. But if you work less than 20 hours per week, these taxes will not be applied. If you are from any other country, you can take up to 120 full days of work per year or 240 half-days per year. The only exception is if you work as a student assistant within the university. In this case, there is no work-time limit. Be aware that if you take an internship…..paid or unpaid, or if you do volunteering! It counts as work and the hours you put in will be taken out of the 120 days you are allowed to work. Furthermore, you are not allowed to be self-employed or work as a freelancer as an international student from outside the EU. If you want to work as a student, you need to make an application to the Federal Employment Agency and to the Foreigners’ Office. This permit is granted depending on the job market in the area where you are studying. 2. WHAT ARE MY STUDENT WORK OPTIONS IN GERMANY? The main types of work available for students in Germany to get professional experience are:  Part-time jobs  Summer or winter vacation jobs  Internships  Volunteering  Traineeships Since most students prefer taking part-time jobs, and since as a student from outside the EU/EEA you cannot work full-time for a whole year, it is good to be informed about the most popular part-time jobs in Germany.  Research assistant at the university – This kind of job brings you many advantages, as you are already familiar with the environment and the personnel, and it can help you with your studies too.  Office assistant –Your main tasks would be to answer the phone, give information to clients or partners of the company, and other administrative duties.  Language tutor – If you have a proficient level of English or any other language, you can easily get a job as a tutor at a school, or even within some of the local companies in Germany.  Support staff / waiters at cafés / bars – Waiting at tables in a café or bar might be one of the easiest jobs you can find, and the requirements may not necessarily involve advanced knowledge of German. In addition, most of these jobs have a flexible schedule.  Retail store shopping assistant – Help customers with information and selecting the best product they are looking for. You will need good communication skills.  Babysitting – If you like children and have at least a little experience in working with them, this job might be the perfect fit for you. A babysitting job is well paid, and, after a while, you can renegotiate your rates.  Call Centre officer – Answer the phone, analyses customer requests or complaints, and manage them. You have to be patient, diplomatic and have interpersonal skills. A good knowledge of German is also a must and, most times, you can make your own schedule.  Field interviewer – Some companies or organizations often need data collectors, that have to ask clients about their opinion about products or services that will eventually lead to a survey.  Home delivery – Work for an online shopping company or restaurant and deliver products at peoples’ homes. The job is well paid, but keep in mind that you will often receive tips, as well. There are many more job options for student in Germany that are not mentioned in this article. 3. WHERE CAN I FIND A JOB OFFER AS A STUDENT IN GERMANY? Many universities and student union websites have job exchanges. Universities post job offers on the blackboards that you will find in the hallways, and the jobs can be within the university (e.g. librarian, research assistant) or at various local organizations and companies. If you want to expand your search beyond the university, you can try the Federal Employment Agency, or the “Student network” services, which are job agencies that are run by students themselves. All major university centers have their own “Student network” websites, where job vacancies are listed.
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