Information for young people about Germany

You're interested in spending some time in Germany, learning the German language or you're simply looking for some information on the country? Then you have come to the right place!

In this section of the website, we're providing you with information about youth mobility, international meetings and programmes in Germany. Besides basic information on topics such as travelling and accomodation, we're also introducing German organisations that are active in the areas of international exchange, information on sponsorship opportunities, on German language courses and on jobs and internships.

More Information links about studying, working, voluntary work and travelling in Germany (and the other european countries) can be found in the blue information box at the right side on this page!

    A short film about travelling and living in Germany for young people (4:26)...


    General Country Information

    The Press and Information Office of the German government presents general information about Germany at www.deutschland.de/en. More publications and political news about Germany can be found on the homepage of the German government under www.bundesregierung.de/Webs/Breg/EN/Homepage/_node.html.

    The website www.young-germany.de gives you information about living, working and studying in Germany.

    The website www.tatsachen-ueber-deutschland.de provides you with interesting information on topics such as the German labour market, German civil society or German humam rights policy.

    Before you come to Germany, you should inform yourself about the exact visa regulations. This information is available from the respective German embassies and consulates in your home country or on the website of the German Foreign Ministry under www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/EinreiseUndAufenthalt/Visabestimmungen_node.html.

    Facts about Germany is a reference book offering all sorts of up-to-date and reliable information about all aspects of modern life in Germany – be it business, culture, or politics. It has figures, facts, and interesting timelines: www.tatsachen-ueber-deutschland.de/en.

    Publications as well as extensive material on Germany can be requested from the Goethe Institut Inter Nationes e.V.
    The Goethe Institut Inter Nationes e.V. works as a world-wide agency for promoting German language and culture (www.goethe.de/en/index.html).

    The Federal Ministry for Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) supports political, cultural and international youth work by providing funding opportunities for organisations and youth associations. It does not organise any programmes by itself. Information about youth policy and youth welfare services in Germany as well as numerous additional brochures and publications can be requested for free under the following link: www.bmfsfj.de/BMFSFJ/Service/publikationen.html.

    Information about Germany and basic information about youth work in Germany are available on the webpage of IJAB in the Database of International Youth Work: www.dija.de/weitere-sprachen/other-languagesautres-languesotros-idiomas.

    You can find more general information on Germany at infomobil.org/en/content/germany.

    If you are planning on moving to Germany and you are not from an EU country, you will find helpful information about Germany on the EU Immigration Portal at www.ec.europa.eu/immigration.

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Eurodesk is a European youth information network that will help with questions concerning sponsorship programmes, education, training, youth, or mobility in Europe. On www.eurodesk.eu you can find information about the network and the contact details of the Eurodesk offices: www.eurodesk.eu/edesk/Contact.do.

    The EU Programme ERASMUS+: Youth in Action promotes youth meetings and initiatives of young people and supports European volunteer services (volunteer services by young people at charitable organisations in European countries of several months duration). Detailed information on this action programme of the European Union can be obtained from the European Commission's homepage at www.ec.europa.eu/youth/programme/mobility/european-voluntary-service_en.htm or at the German Agency YOUTH under www.webforum-jugend.de (E-Mail: jfe@jfemail.de).

    The „Schwarzkopf“ foundation supports young people travelling through Germany with a grant of 550 Euro. The journey is supposed to focus on a special subject which is to be explained in the application form. To apply for this program you have to be 18 to 26 years old. Click on www.schwarzkopf-stiftung.de/en/bewerbe-dich-jetzt-fuer-ein-reisestipendium for further information. 

    The Youth and Co-ordination Offices work on a bilateral level and promote getting to know each other, mutual understanding and collaboration of young people.

    Deutsch-Französisches Jugendwerk
    Molkenmarkt 1
    D-10179 Berlin
    Fax: +49 30 288757-88
    E-Mail: info@dfjw.org
    Internet: www.dfjw.org
    Office franco-allemand pour la Jeunesse - OFAJ
    51, rue de l'Amiral-Mouchez,
    F-75013 Paris
    Fax: +33 1 40781888
    E-Mail: info@dfjw.org
    Internet: www.ofaj.org

     

    Deutsch-Polnisches Jugendwerk
    Friedhofsgasse 2
    D-14473 Potsdam
    Fax: +49 331 297527
    E-Mail: buero@dpjw.org 
    Internet: www.dpjw.org
     
    Polsko-Niemiecka Wspólpraca Mlodziezy - PNWM
    ul. Alzacka 18, 03-972 Warszawa
    Fax: + 48 22 6170448
    E-Mail: biuro@pnwm.org 
    Internet: www.pnwm.org

    Koordinierungszentrum deutsch-tschechischer Jugendaustausch - TANDEM
    Maximilian Str.7,
    D- 93047 Regensburg
    Fax: +49 941 5855722
    E-Mail: tandem@tandem-org.de 
    Internet: www.tandem-org.de

    Koordinacní centrum cesko-nemeckých výmen mládeže - 
    TANDEM

    Americká 42
    306 14 Plzen
    Fax : +420 19 7184169
    E-Mail: tandem@mbox.zcu.cz 
    Internet: www.tandem.adam.cz


    Koordinierungsbüro für den deutsch-israelischen Jugendaustausch - Conact:

    c/o Evangelische Akademie Sachsen-Anhalt e.V.
    Altes Rathaus
    Markt 26
    D-06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg
    Fax: 03491 4202-70
    E-Mail: info@ConAct-org.de
    Internet: www.conact-org.de

    Stiftung Deutsch-Russischer Jugendaustausch gGmbH:
    Mittelweg 117b
    D-20149 Hamburg
    Fax : +49 (0) 40.87 88 679-20
    E-Mail: info(@stiftung-drja.de
    Internet: www.stiftung-drja.de

    Education and Training

    Detailed information on doing complete education/training courses in Germany is available from the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry: www.dihk.de/en/segments/training.

    In the database under www.ihk-lehrstellenboerse.de and under www.zdh.de/themen/bildung/ausbildungspakt/du-suchst-eine-lehrstelle-oder-einen-praktikumsplatz.html you'll find vacancies (only in German).

    If you're interested in doing your training course in Germany it could be helpful to know at least basics of german language. Information about learning german you get here.

    The programme "Moving Times" addresses young people from 18-25 years, who don't quite know what they want to do after graduating or want to take time off to reorientate themselves. The aim of the project is to give you an occupational orientation and to help you develop your personality. 
    Under www.winterkurs.de/english you find more information.

    "The Job of My Life" is a programme initiated by the German Employment Service with the goal of promoting youth mobility in Europe. The programme enables young people and unemployed young professionals from all over Europe to undergo an in-company vocational training or take up skilled employment in Germany.

    You can find more information on the programme and the conditions on its website: www.thejobofmylife.de/en.

    The German Federal Administration offers also many different jobs and apprenticeships. If you are a national of an EU Member State (EU citizen) or of Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway (EEA citizen) or of Switzerland and you're are interested in becoming a civil servant, you can apply for several programmes.

    For further information you can visit their webpage www.wir-sind-bund.de/WSB/EN/Eltern/AusbildungBund/ausbildungbund-node.html

     

    Studying in Germany

    Lots of young people from abroad decide to study at a German university for one or more semesters. If you're interested in living and studying in Germany, you can find all relevant information on the hompage of the German Academic Exchange Service: www.daad.de/deutschland/en.

    The German Academic Exchange, in cooperation with Federal Ministry of Education and Research, also launched the campaign "Study in Germany. Land of ideas". On their website www.study-in.de/en, you will find further information on studying in Germany as well as ways to connect with other foreign students in the country. On top of that, the campaign runs a very popular Facebook-page (www.facebook.com/Study.in.Germany) that gives you the opportunity to consult the experts at the German Academic Exchange Service, in case you have any questions.

    Moreover you can find special information for refugees who want to study in Germany on this website: https://www.study-in.de/information-for-refugees/ 

    Further information for international students can also be found on the website of the German Student Services (Deutsches Studentenwerk): http://www.internationale-studierende.de/en/home/

    General information about visa regulations, residence permit and work permit you can find here.

    There is a wide network called Erasmus Student Network (www.esn.org), whose mission is to support exchange students before, during and after their study abroad period. Erasmus students as well as students from other programs are welcome to contact ESN Germany (www.esngermany.org) to get information about support, events, projects etc.

    If you're interested in completing your entire university education at a university of applied sciences ('Fachhochschule') in Germany and you haven't received your school-leaving certificate in Germany, the 'International Foundation Programme' by the GIZ can help you to pass the assessment test and/or to fulfill the German language requirement. You'll find more info on the programme as well as application formalities under the following link: www.giz.de/en/worldwide/23291.html.  
     

    Scholarship Opportunities for studying in Germany

    Whoever wants to study in Germany and needs support may contact the German Academic Exchange Service (www.daad.de/en). It provides detailed information on support options for foreign students (www.daad.de/deutschland/studienangebote/en) from their scholarship database (www.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/en). In addition, the German Academic Exchange Service informs about the German higher education system (www.daad.de/hochschulen/index.en.html), presents options for learning German in Germany (www.daad.de/portrait/en/1.2.4.html) and offers general information about Germany (www.daad.de/laenderinformationen/en).

    The Educational Exchange Service (www.kmk.org/information-in-english.html) informs about school students exchanges with Germany. In addition to counselling and arrangement of partners, you can get information about sponsorship opportunities with different countries.
    For further information please contact the Service directly: europa@kmk.org.

    Several political foundations in Germany support study and research projects of young people from abroad:

    The Society for Student Exchange in Central and Eastern Europe (GFPS) e.V. awards scholarships for Poles (www.gfps.pl/de/) and Czechs (gfps.cz/cz/) who want to study in Germany.
     

    Helpful videos

    Watching this video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vS2k-W9VDM) you'll find information on the average amount of money you'll need as a student in Germany.
    This video informs about possible tuition fees at German universities and other spendings for studying in Germany.

    If you need a job during your studies, the following video helps you with general information on student jobs: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0znkR9U4f5o&feature=related.
    If you want to know, how much German you need to know in order to study in Germany, check out this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7WNJlwrZjY&feature=related.
    If you don't know any German yet, you'll find a helpful video called "German for beginners" under www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gmhQHT6PHY&feature=related.

    Permanent work

    If you already finished your studies in your country, your first step should be the recognition of your certificates: www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de

    "The Job of My Life":
    "The Job of My Life" is a programme initiated by the German Employment Service with the goal of promoting youth mobility in Europe. The programme enables young people and unemployed young professionals from all over Europe to undergo an in-company vocational training or take up skilled employment in Germany.

    You can find more information on the programme and the conditions on its website: www.thejobofmylife.de/en.

    EURES:
    The European Job Mobility Portal EURES gives you further information about living and working in Germany: www.ec.europa.eu/eures/main.jsp?lang=en&acro=lw&catId=494. The EURES portal also provides extensive information and advice that can prove helpful for everyone who wants to be mobile in the european job market. 

    "Make it in Germany":                                                                                  
    “Make it in Germany” (www.make-it-in-germany.com/en) is a multilingual portal welcoming international qualified professionals to Germany. It is run by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Amongst other things, the portal informs qualified professionals who are interested in immigrating about their career prospects and shows them how to organise their move to Germany – and what makes it worthwhile to live and work here.

    In the database of the German Employment Center (www.jobboerse.arbeitsagentur.de/vamJB/startseite.html?m=1&aa=1) you can search for job offers.

    What is Au-pair?

    Au-pair programmes are among the oldest existing international exchange schemes. Au-pairs help with childcare and housework duties and receive pocket money in return. One of the primary aims of an au-pair stay is to develop strong language skills. Au-pairs are supposed to learn the language of their host country and develop cultural competences.

    Here you can find further information about Au-pair in Germany: www.guetegemeinschaft-aupair.de. The Gütegemeinschaft Au pair w.V. aims to secure a high standard of provision and care for Au-pair jobs through inspection and grading under the recognized RAL Quality Seal (www.guetegemeinschaft-aupair.de/aupairs/showcontent.asp?ThemaID=34) procedure. Compliance with the provision relating to quality and inspection is monitored by a board of inspection bound to neutrality.

    If you're interested in the Au-pair program you can search for certificated organizations under www.guetegemeinschaft-aupair.de/aupairs/flexdb.asp?flexdb_id=21.

    The website www.be-au-pair.de offers a lot of useful  information if you want to become an au-pair in Germany. Amongst other things, it informs you about your rights and duties as an au-pair in order to make sure that you are treated fairly, but also know what is expected from you. Besides, you will also find specific information for your parents and for potential host families.

     

    Information on Travelling and Accommodation

    Before you come to Germany, you should inform yourself about the exact entry regulations. This information is available from the respective German embassies and consulates in your home country or on the website of the German Foreign Ministry under www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/EinreiseUndAufenthalt/Visabestimmungen_node.html.

    Tourist information about Germany can be found at the Central German Tourism Office: www.germany.travel/en. It provides information about travelling and accomodation in Germany as well as an info-special for young people on fashion, architecture, entertainment and much more.

    If you want to travel to Germany by rail, you may want to look at the many attractive offers, e.g. EURO DOMINO, a low-cost European Rail Ticket. Within Germany the German train system (Deutsche Bahn AG) offers several other discounts for young people and groups. Their sales agents and their website at www.bahn.de inform about schedules and other services.

    Reductions while travelling can be obtained using a student identity card. When travelling abroad buying an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is worthwhile. It allows for several reductions before and while travelling and can be obtained from student's offices or student travel agencies. For further information turn to www.isic.de.

    You want to travel to Germany, but you don't know where to go yet? Check out the website "HotSpots in Germany" and find out which places other travellers recommend! After your travels, you can even add your own HotSpots. This is the link: www.germany.travel/hotspots/map/germany.

    Presently more than 600 Youth Hostels in Germany offer reasonably priced accommodation. You need a membership card to be admitted. Many youth hostels now accept pre-bookings from other hostels or via the Internet using the International Booking Network (IBN). Further information is provided by the International Youth Hostel Federation (www.hihostels.com) or the German Youth Hostel Association (www.jugendherberge.de/en).

    Hostels you do not need a membership card for are the "Schullandheime" (primarily for school groups, but you can also book individual stays). You can find these hostels on www.schullandheim.de (only in German; choose "PLZ Karten Suche" to see a map of Germany).

    More hostels can be found on www.gomio.com.

    In Germany there is a closely-knit net of Naturfreunde-Häuser (houses of friends of nature) where cheap accommodation is available: www.naturfreundejugend.de/ueber_uns/english.

    In university cities the Studentenwerk (student administration) often helps with lodging or exchanging apartments: www.studentenwerke.de.

    Long and short term temporary accommodation can be arranged by the Mitwohnzentralen (temporary accommodation offices). The Ring of Temporary Accommodation Offices in Europe offers the same service on a European basis. The German office can be found at www.mitwohnzentrale.de.

    For further information on travelling and accomodation see: http://europa.eu/youth/country/79/theme/118_de

    Further general information for young people interested in coming to Germany is available on: www.young-germany.de.

    All information was carefully researched. Nevertheless a guarantee for correctness cannot be given.

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