C 3. What are my financial options as a self-funded student?

Generally, proof of sufficient financial resources must be given when international students apply for a visa at a German diplomatic representation abroad or for a residence permit at the Immigration Office (Ausländerbehörde), which will enable the applicant to pursue university studies without financial hardship. Sufficient financial resources must cover your study costs as well as your daily needs.

If you would like to find a student job, please also take into consideration that you will be limited in your opportunities to work. International students usually do not have a work permit and without this, international students are only allowed to work for a limited time with a student visa. If you are from a non-EU country, you will be allowed to work 120 full days per year or 240 half-days. In any case, if you are studying in a foreign country it is not a good idea to be dependent on a job from the very start of your studies just to cover your basic needs. Furthermore, knowledge of the German language is important for working in Germany. If your funds are limited, we suggest that you apply for another scholarship (e.g. DAAD, scholarships from your home country, etc.) or to find other sources of funding.