Are you about to finish your studies at Europa-Universität Flensburg, and you want to stay on in Germany after you graduate? In the sections below you will find detailed information about extending your residence permit and getting a job.
To be able to work in Germany, you need a valid residence permit.
Residence Permit for Seeking Employment
After graduation, you can have your residence permit extended for up to 18 months in order to look for a job in Germany that matches your qualifications, or to start a business. You will need to apply at your designated immigration office (Office of Foreigners’ Affairs/Auslanderbehörde) and you can do so just as soon as you have passed your last university exam. Of course, if you have already found job that fits with your qualifications before you graduate, you can skip this step. During your job search, you are allowed to take on any gainful activity (including self-employment).
Residence Permit for Taking Up Employment
Once you have found a job that matches your qualifications, you can choose one of the following residence permits:
Which type to choose depends largely on your personal situation and individual needs. You should seek advice from your designated Office of Foreigners’ Affairs (Auslanderbehörde) when applying.
Detailed information on residence regulations and all aspects of working and living in Germany can be found on the German federal government's portal for skilled workers from abroad.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact the Counseling and Recognition Office for International and Refugee Students.
- +49 461 805 2954
- Gebäude Helsinki
- HEL 030
- Auf dem Campus 1a
- Post code / City
- 24943 Flensburg
CampusCareeroffers individual counseling, a job and internship exchange, and networking fairs like CampusCareerDay. CampusCareer activities are aimed at all students of Europa-Universität Flensburg and the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences.
A joint institution of the Germany Federal Employment Agency and a Flensburg local authority, the Flensburg Job Center works to support jobseekers, among other things.
The continuing education center Arbeit und Leben Schleswig-Holstein offers free advice on fair working conditions in Germany.
Do you want to become self-employed in Germany and start your own company? Then check out the VentureWærft start-up community. We support you throughout the start-up development process – from your first idea through to your successful start-up launch.
In addition to the free support offered in Dock1 on the Flensburg campus, VentureWærft has a broad network comprised of business promoters and supporters, as well as established companies and start-ups.
The WEstartup.SH platform is a community for people who are interested or involved creating new businesses and start-ups by women. WEstartup.SH is here to help you develop your startup idea into a concept, and connects you with local contact persons.