Living and working in Germany

Germany is the largest economy in Europe with high employment rates which makes it an attractive destination for qualified immigrants, expats and international students. In the recent times, Germany has become an immigration country where you can meet people from all over the world, especially in big cities like Berlin, Munich or Cologne.  

Germany is also known for its excellent education system and state-funded universities amongst which are some of the best universities in the world. As one of the world leaders in scientific and technological innovation, Germany is also constantly striving to advance its education system to train the workforce of tomorrow.  

Living in Germany as a student

German cities offer the highest standards of living with well-developed infrastructure, access to basic services like public transportation, health services and facilities for recreation and wellness. All German cities have strong public transportation networks and disability friendly public spaces. 

If you love the outdoors, German cities are perfect because you can enjoy running, walking and cycling in your neighborhoods thanks to the green parks and dedicated cycling lanes.  Nature lovers are never far away from beautiful green parks, lakes and rivers. German cities are cosmopolitan and international with abundant opportunities for multicultural experiences. When it comes to safety, German cities, especially Munich, have very low crime rates. Both Munich and Berlin have made it within the top 10 list of the 2017 QS Best Student Cities Index 2017*.  

*QS Best Student Cities index,

Working in Germany

With the fourth largest economy in the world and a population of over 80 million, Germany belongs to the largest countries in the European Union (EU). Great job opportunities and a healthy economy makes living and working in Germany highly appealing to graduates and professionals from around the world. Germany has a wide range of job prospects both for young talents and experienced experts. According to recent figures by Eurostat, Germany has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the EU.

Working while studying in Germany

Not only German and EU students, but non-EU students might also gain work experience during their studies. Students who are enrolled in a university and have a valid student visa are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week. Of course, the more German language knowledge students bring, the better chances for them to find the perfect job opportunity. The Career Service team at the university will  support students regarding job applications. 

Job opportunities for international graduates in Germany  

Skilled professionals and workers from abroad have excellent job prospects in Germany. The top recruiters of qualified international talent come from a wide range of sectors such as engineering, programming, manufacturing, Information Technology, e-commerce and the growing media sector. 

After graduation, non-EU citizens can apply for the 18-month job search residence permit to look for employment that matches their qualifications. During this time, they can take up any kind of employment to support themselves. EU citizens can stay and work in Germany without any restrictions. 

Industrial companies are the foundation of the German economy. While Germany-based multinational companies, such as Allianz, BMW, Siemens and Volkswagen employ thousands of people, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are Germany’s economic backbone. They are accountable for the success of German products and services worldwide - German economy is strongly export oriented. There is rising demand of skilled workers in the “Old economy” sectors as well as the IT and media business.

The vibrant entrepreneurial scene in Germany also offers several opportunities for competent international talent. Cities like Berlin, Cologne and Munich are growing start-up hubs where graduates can find interesting positions at the entry level or managerial level depending upon their past experience.  

The media industry is also booming and going through rapid transformation with the rise of network broadcasting, social media and other media technologies. German corporations and media companies like digital agencies, publishing houses and PR agencies feel the urgency to fortify their media strategies and this is where the new generation of media managers, designers, and brand managers come in.

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Language requirements

The majority of well-educated Germans have a strong knowledge of English and can speak the language fluently. Often, you will be expected to have a good knowledge of German, both spoken and written. There are many highly competitive jobs where you can work in English medium, especially in tech-oriented functions. However, knowledge of German is very important when it comes to collaborating better with your colleagues and integrating in your local community. Furthermore, it also enhances your career prospects as there are more positions that require German in comparison to jobs that require only English.  

Advantageous location for avid travellers

German cities offer endless possibilities for travel. Since Germany is centrally located in Europe, you can easily explore several neighbouring European countries, thanks to the well-connected and affordable transportation networks in Germany. As a student in Germany, you can travel freely in the 26 Schengen countries without requiring any visa.

Munich, the home of the world famous Oktoberfest, is one of the best cities to live in if you love travelling. The Alps are just a short ride from the city. You can reach cities like Vienna and Zurich in under five hours by train.  Within and around the city, there are numerous historical and cultural sites that will keep you fascinated. Berlin is well connected to Europe and rest of the world through air. As for Cologne, it lies very close to Belgium and the Netherlands. It is the home of the famous Cologne cathedral and is known for the Cologne carnival. 

So, let the traveller within you rejoice. 

Which German city are you?

Berlin – Munich – Hamburg or Cologne… can’t decide which Macromedia University campus to choose? Try our quiz. 

Germans in a nutshell

Germans give high priority on structure, privacy and punctuality. German people embrace values like discipline and reliability. Generally, you can say, Germans seek perfectionism and precision in all aspects of their lives – but there are always exceptions. At first, they might seem reserved and distant, but there is a keen sense of community and social conscience. There is also a typical type of German humor you may get used to with time. 
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