Applying in Germany - Information for International Students
You come from abroad, study at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and want to do an internship in Germany? Or you are about to graduate from KIT and are looking for a job start in the German job market?
How do I find jobs that I can apply for?
Whether internship or starting jobs, in Germany every applicant is expected to show a high degree of initiative in the application process and job start. This means that you are responsible for finding suitable positions. The following options are available for this purpose, for example:
- You have certain ideas about the tasks or the function you would like to perform. You can then use the search function in job portals to find suitable jobs.
- You want to work for a specific company: Then it is best to search for a job that matches your qualifications on the career pages of the company you want to work for.
What does a complete application include?
In which language should the application documents be written?
The application documents should always be written in the same language as the job description.
Only in exceptional cases should you apply in response to a German job description in, for example, English. If you wish to apply in another language, you should clarify in advance by telephone whether this is possible / desired.
How long in advance should I apply?
In case of an internship, 3-4 months before your desired start date is a good time to apply. Please note whether the job description states an entry date.
In the case of a starting position, you can apply as early as 3 months before your Graduation. Here too, you should start your application phase approx. 3-4 months before your desired starting date. Please also note here whether the job description states an entry date.
How important are German language skills in the German job market?
Very good or good German language skills are still important for a successful career start. Depending on the sector or size of the company, one should not assume that all employees speak English. Especially in the manufacturing and production sectors or in small and medium-sized companies, internal communication often happens in German.
How important are internships or other practical work experience?
Practical experience is very important for most employers in Germany. For a career start in Germany it is therefore helpful to gain practical experience through internships etc. during your studies. If you already know which field you would like to work in later, it can be useful to complete several internships at different companies in this field.
What are the regulations regarding the residence permit in Germany if you want to get a job?
If you want to get a job in Germany as a foreigner, you may need a work permit. Please contact the relevant authorities known to you for more information.
Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
Make it in Germany (incl. guide "Working in Germany")
Central Placement Service for Foreigners and Specialists (ZAV) of the Employment Agency
EURES - The European Job Mobility Portal
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There is no standard for application documents in Germany. Nevertheless, there some basic principles that should taken into consideration and adapted to one's own career, the desired position and the company.
Complete application documents in Germany include:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Attachments (references, certificates, etc.)
More information on the perfect application can be found on our website.
The application documents should always be written in the language in which the job description is written. Normally this is German. Only in exceptional cases should you apply for a German job description in e.g. English. If you want to apply in another language, you should clarify in advance by telephone whether this is possible / desired.
You have already prepared your application documents and would like feedback? Generally, the KIT Career Service will advise you on Tuesdays - without prior registration. Please refer to the events calendar for the dates and location.
In addition, there is the possibility to clarify further questions concerning your application in a personal consultation. Please make an appointment at info∂careerservice.kit.edu