Life as an International Student in Germany

Meridean Overseas
Meridean Overseas

Updated On 11 March 2023 & Read Time 5 minutes



There are only a few other things more intimidating than moving abroad. Living in a different country with different people is an alien concept to many. But it need not be as scary. Being an international student requires patience to get through many different things. But at the same time, not knowing anyone and doing everything alone is an experience. At first, daunting but equally exciting. 


Germany because of its ancient architecture, world-class research options, natural resources, friendly and peaceful environment, and affordable education is a popular study abroad destination. Apart from this, life in Germany is very lively, especially in cosmopolitan cities like Berlin. 


But you must be thinking, "this is something I already know. Give me something different", right? So, let's talk about life in Germany. Germany is a place where people have very private lives. It takes time for them to open up to someone or call someone their friend. If you are an introvert and like to keep to yourself, you must consider Germany. It is a country full of punctual people with an amazing culture and rich history. Germans are also very welcoming towards international students; you will fit right in if you are polite and mind your business. Remember, politeness goes a long way. 


Moving to a different country is the beginning of an independent life. You must find your own way around. One great way to do this is to find employment part time. Yes, you heard that right,  you can work part-time in Germany!  We understand that working while studying is still a virgin concept in India, abroad though it is extremely common and even encouraged.  Regardless of your upbringing and family background, no work is petty there. Sometimes, you have to think outside of your comfort zone. Take up the work you think might suit you. Refrain from thinking about what someone you know might say. Imagine you love books, and you get to work as a librarian. Wouldn't that be amazing?


Similarly, you can find different work, from waiting tables to being a barista, chef, bartender, etc. You are permitted to work 120 full days or 240 half days each year as an international student in Germany. University teaching and research assistants, English tutors, service staff/servers at coffee shops or bars, and production assistants are examples of these part-time positions. The minimum hourly wage in Germany is 12 EUR. It can go up to 55 EUR for nursing practitioners and other skilled job profiles. 


Imagine you miss home, but then you bond with one of your customers while serving coffee or issuing a book. Many of these interactions will leave you in a good mood and result in good friendships. 


A major part of being an international student in Germany includes visiting places and sightseeing. Studying is necessary, but having fun is also important. With this, why do we hear you say "party"? Well, you are right, though. Parties happen in Germany, but it is mostly looked down upon to drink yourself into a stupor. Typically, a few drinks with friends and some chit-chat take place. Pub hopping too is something students engage in.


If you are studying in some of the smaller cities in Germany, exploring large cities like Munich and Berlin should be on your to-do list. Attend the Arise Grand Show, which is staged in Berlin or visit the Brandenburg Gate. There is nothing like a stroll in a museum and admiring the art. You can attend many museums while being an international student in Germany. Not only will it work like a breather, but it will also let you have a good time. There are many other options, like visiting the castles or going on a wine-tasting tour. 


Millions of people gather to enjoy the culture, beer, and cuisine of Germany during some of the biggest and loudest festivals in the world, like Oktoberfest. This is the festival that is on everyone’s bucket list. This might be your chance to experience it!


German movies and classical music are highly popular worldwide. While Berlin organises an international film festival with an all-star lineup of directors, actors, and producers worldwide, the city of Bonn honours the celebrated composer Beethoven with a series of symphony concerts, exhibitions, and workshops. All these things can give you a great experience in Germany as an international student. 


We are sure this is going to be an experience of a lifetime for you. Studying while exploring Germany and the neighbouring countries is going to be fun! 


If you are eager to study in Germany? Contact our expert counsellors at any branch of Meridean Overseas Education Consultants (MOEC). You can also take free online counselling sessions through our website. Our expert education counsellors will provide you with the best guidance and support for the admission and visa process. For more information or any queries, contact us at or 1800-1230-00011.  

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