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Questions & Answers about Working in Germany

Interested in doing research in Germany? These FAQs aim to answer your questions on the German research environment, scholarships, accommodation, visa requirements, job opportunities etc.

Questions & Answers about Working in Germany© ioannis kounadeas - Fotolia.com
  1. What research opportunities are offered in Germany?
  2. Germany welcomes researchers from all over the world to come and work here. There is an extremely wide spectrum of research, offering researchers from the most varied disciplines excellent opportunities and facilities... more

  3. How can Germany further my career?
  4. You can receive research assistance from German institutions, or by working in industry. Research is conducted at the highest international standards... more

  5. Do I have to speak fluent German?
  6. The language normally used in German research institutes is English. But there are good reasons why you should at least gain a basic knowledge of German before you come here... more

  7. Do I need a visa? If so, how do I apply for one?
  8. You will need a valid visa (not a tourist visa) to enter Germany, although some countries, for example all EU member states, are exempt from this requirement... more

  9. Do I need a work permit?
  10. Foreign fellows and academic collaborators in research institutes funded exclusively or mainly from public funds do not normally need a work permit... more

  11. Will my spouse be allowed to work in Germany?
  12. Husbands or wives of research fellows are allowed to work when the research fellow is entitled to take up gainful employment... more

  13. How do I find accommodation?
  14. Finding somewhere to live in Germany, like everywhere else in Europe, can be difficult and time-consuming... more

  15. Do I require health insurance?
  16. Whilst in Germany you must ensure that you and those accompanying you have health insurance cover, regardless of whether you are a fellow or are here under a contract of employment... more

  17. Are there any additional social security payments?
  18. If you have been granted a research fellowship, you are exempt from paying social security contributions. However, if you have been employed in Germany, these contributions are compulsory... more

  19. Will I be liable for tax?
  20. This will depend on the nature of the contract with your host institute. If you have received a fellowship from a public institution in your home country... more

  21. What pre-school and school facilities are available in Germany?
  22. In Germany, children between the ages of 3 and 6 are able to attend a kindergarten on an hourly basis both mornings and afternoons. Attendance is voluntary and a fee is charged... more

DAAD :: August 2008