Financing your stay
Student jobs in Germany
Students from an EU member state or from a country in the EEA are treated essentially identically to German students and have full access to the German job market. A so-called 'mini job' is one in which the employee earns less than €450 a month and does not pay any tax or social security contributions.
Students who are not nationals of an EU member state or a country in the EEA are entitled to work for 120 full days or 240 half-days per calendar year without requiring a work permit. If you want to work more days in the year, you will need to seek consent from the Foreigners' Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde). This also applies to periods spent on a work placement or internship, unless it is a mandatory requirement of your degree programme.
Part-time jobs that are closely connected with a university department or a university-related institution are not subject to these time limitations. Typical examples of such jobs include working as a student assistant, or working for the Studentenwerk (Saarland University Student Services) or for the Students' Union Executive Committee (AStA). For more information on working as an international student in Germany and on the legal regulations, please go to the website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
The DAAD scholarship database contains information for students, postgraduates, post-docs and university teachers on funding programmes run by the DAAD and other organisations and foundations.
This database contains information for internationally mobile research scientists on the numerous programmes provided by major funding organizations in Germany.
International students and doctoral candidates who are in the final stages of their study or researchprogramme can apply for financial support from the 'Saarland-Stipendium' scheme. The application can be submitted online and can be filled in either German or English.
The application deadlines are always february 28 and july 31.
The Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students of all subjects and nationalities per year. Applicants are expected to have excellent academic records and to be socially and politically engaged.
The Foundations Index is managed by the Association of German Foundations (Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen) and provides an online search facility for anyone interested in the funding programmes offered by German foundations.
The programme is designed to help universities offer temporary teaching positions to qualified foreign academics. Applications for funding under this programme are submitted by the German host institution.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards fellowships to foreign scientists and scholars. The AvH Foundation also runs specialist funding programmes for academics from developing nations and CIS states.
Becas Santander offers a multilingual database to search for scholarships, sorted by study subject or level.
Care Concept offers scholarships for German student who go abroad, for international students in Germany and for refugee students in Germany.
Emergency loan fund
International students experiencing unforeseen and exceptional financial hardship can apply to the emergency loan fund operated by the Studentenwerk (Saarland University Student Services). Applications should be submitted at the Welcome Center. Staff at the Welcome Center can provide assistance in completing the application form.