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International Students Office (IStO)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Adenauerring 2
76131 Karlsruhe

Campus South
Bldg.: 50.20, Room 106

Phone +49 721 608-44911
Fax +49 721 608-44907
Contact Form

Opening hours Secretary
Mo.-Fr. 9 am-12 am
Closed on Tuesday

Currently only available via email or phone

Please also note the office hours of our individual employees

Working while studying

Many students depend on one or even several jobs to make ends meet despite scholarships and student financial assistance schemes.

However, you should not take on a job before it is clarified what is permitted by law to prevent problems with immigration.

The employment regulations for international students are very strict. You can even be expelled from Germany, if you break them. Here you will find detailed information on employment for foreign students.

An important partner in finding a job is the “Studentenwerk” (student services) in Karlsruhe, which provides its own jobboard.

Detailed information rules, tips on job search, etc. are provided by the German “Studentenwerk”.

Please also note that possible taxes and social contributions could be due. For more information on minor jobs, go to the mini-job center (only in German).


Where can I find a job?

There are many ways to search for jobs.

         (all links only in German)

  • At the office of your institute, you can find out about student or research assistant and tutor positions.This has the advantage that you can work directly at the university and gain relevant knowledge for your studies. However, these occupations are very popular and are usually long-term jobs. You can also search the KIT JobPortal ("erweiterte Suche" -> "studentische Hilfskraft")
  • Many listings can be found in local daily and weekly newspapers, but also on the Internet.
  • Furthermore, a stroll through the center of Karlsruhe can be useful because many shops and restaurants advertise their job offers directly at the door. Jobs in service and as clerks are numerous and comparably easy to find. Most restaurants and cafes pay hourly wages, tips are additional.
  • Many jobs are obtained through word-of-mouth advertising. Ask around in your circle of friends and acquaintances.