Even though tuition has been abolished at public universities throughout Germany, students still need to be prepared to cover their living expenses. To do this, many German students rely on their parents or government loans, but the majority finance their studies by working. Fortunately for international students, a German student visa grants the holder the ability to legally work in a variety of capacities. Here are a few.
Student Assistant In Germany, working as a Studentische Hilfskraft, or student assistant, is a great way to earn extra money. HIWIs assist professors, work in the library, tutor other students, or otherwise help around campus. Contracts are generally limited to one year, but are often extended by grateful professors and university adminstrators. Unfortunately, the pay isn't great, usually running at 8.50 euros/hour for an undergraduate and 12 euros/hour for a graduate assistant, although this varies by state and university.
Bartender/Waiter Students who work in restaurants, bars and clubs can reasonably expect to earn 10-15 euros/hour, and enjoy flexible working hours and the prospect of a little bit of extra tip money to boost the hourly rate.
Werkstudent German companies have a special classification for waged employees who are students, meaning that they receive similar tasks to those of interns, work part-time, but have longer contracts. This is a great way to earn money and make contacts that may lead a job-offer at the end of your studies.
Online Freelancing Students who possess graphic design, online marketing, programming, or video editing skills can continue their work by freelancing online. Websites like Freelancer, Mechanical Turk, and Fiverr are great ways to supplement your income by doing small tasks or full support yourself through ongoing projects.
Tutoring Academic skills are in high demand, and university students can work as Nachhilfe, usually helping high school or grade school students who need extra attention. If you are studying math, science, or a language, you will be in high demand, but regardless of your study path, you can also find work tutoring students in English. Depending on the nature of your work, it isn't unreasonable to expect an hourly wage of 10-15 euros.
Proofreading/Editing As a result of the increase in English-taught programs in Germany, there are now thousands of non-native English speakers writing papers, theses and dissertation, all of whom are in need of expert proofreading and editing. If you are a detail-oriented person with a good command of English grammar, spelling, and style, this is a great way to finance yourself. Good proofreaders and editors can command hundreds of euros for a thesis or dissertation.