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 have to cover your study costs as well as your daily needs.
If you 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 coming from a non-EU country, you will be allowed to work 120 full days per year or 240 half-days. Also, 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 studies just to cover basic needs. Furthermore, German language knowledge is important for working in Germany. If your fundings 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.