Das International Career Centre

get your career started - gemeinsam den Berufseinstieg meistern

Der neue Karriereservice für alle internationalen Studierenden der Hochschule Neubrandenburg

True to the motto "GET YOUR CAREER STARTED", we at the International Career Centre (ICC for short) are offering a coaching, seminar and mentoring programme for all international students at Neubrandenburg University of Applied Sciences for the first time. With the help of funding from the DAAD's "Integra" programme, we are able to offer a support programme that serves to optimally prepare our international students for their entry into working life. Sensitised to the special support needs of students from other countries of origin, we are able to offer a tailor-made programme that addresses individual questions around issues of career development and application preparation.

The International Career Centre - your companion from internship to job entry

You come from another country and need support in preparing your application, are unsure which career path you should take or need support in finding suitable internships /job offers? Then we are your contact. In personal counselling sessions, we will work with you to find the best way to prepare for your entry into working life and to advance your professional career.

You have the opportunity to further your education in our seminars on topics such as career development and application preparation. After successful participation in our seminars, we will be happy to issue you with a certificate. This will look very good in your application documents.

In addition, we offer you the chance to receive advice from a mentor of your choice on your personal career concerns and to exchange ideas on professional topics. Your mentor may also be able to support you in building/expanding your professional network and provide you with suitable contacts.

Do you have further questions or would you like to make an appointment for counselling? Then please contact the coordinator of the International Career Centre, Patricia Huerto.

EU Citizens+Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
  • You benefit from what is known as freedom of movement for workers.
  • You do not require a work permit to work in Germany.
Non-EU Citizens
  • If you hold a residence permit based on Section 16b of the Residence Act, you may work 120 full days or 240 half-days per year in addition to studying (Section 16b (3) of the German Residence Act). The period of one year is based on one calendar year (January to December).

  • It is advisable to note down exactly how many hours you work and on which days. This is important as proof for yourself, for a potential employer and for the Foreigners’ Authority.

  • All working days in excess of the rule on 120 days/240 half-days must be approved in advance by your local Foreigners’ Authority.

Please also note:

  • Voluntary internships are also subject to the rule on 120 days/240 half-days, even if they are unpaid.

  • Mandatory internships are not subject to the rule on 120 days/240 half-days because they are part of your degree programme.

  • Work performed as an undergraduate assistant (studentische Hilfskraft) does not count towards the 120 days/240 half-days if the work is for a university or an institution with a link to a university, provided that you do not work so much that it jeopardises your studies. In any case, please speak to the Foreigners’ Authority about any such job.

Exceptions: the rule on 120 days/240 half-days excludes holders of residence permits for the purpose of:

  • applying for a course of study under Section 16b (1) of the German Residence Act;
  • measures in preparation for studies, such as a preparatory course (Studienkolleg) or language courses, during the first year. If you hold such a residence permit, you are not allowed to work.

Please read your residence permit carefully. If you are unsure how many days you are (still) allowed to work, please contact your local Foreigners’ Authority.



If you wish to stay in Germany after graduation, you must apply for an extension of your residence permit at the Foreigners’ Authority responsible for your place of residence.

Residence permit for seeking work:

  • As a graduate of a German university, you may apply for a residence permit to look for work, which can be issued for a maximum of 18 months. This extended residence permit should help you seek a job that is “commensurate with your qualification”, i.e. a job that corresponds to your qualifications and your degree.

  • A residence permit for seeking work includes an unrestricted work permit, which means that you can also work in an unqualified job, for example as a temporary worker in a restaurant. The intention is that you can finance yourself while you look for a job.

  • The maximum validity period of 18 months begins on the date on which you are notified in writing that you have successfully completed your studies.

  • Please note that in addition to your degree, you will need to present other documents to obtain a residence permit for seeking work, e.g. proof of sufficient living space, health insurance and a minimum income.

  • It is recommended that you visit your local Foreigners’ Authority as soon as possible after the announcement of your examination results.

EU Blue Card under Section 18b (2) of the German Residence Act

In August 2012, the EU Blue Card was introduced in Germany to promote the immigration of skilled foreign workers throughout Europe. International graduates of German universities can also apply for an EU Blue Card if they meet and can prove all of the following requirements:

  • German higher education qualification

  • draft employment contract or specific job offer related to the higher education course/qualification (“commensurate job”)

  • minimum gross income: 55,200 euros per year (2020)*

  • for so-called shortage occupations, especially natural scientists, mathematicians, engineers, doctors and IT specialists: 43,056 euros per year (2020).*

* Please note that the salary limits are adjusted annually.

Benefits of the EU Blue Card:

  • It is valid for a maximum of four years when first issued.

  • A permanent settlement permit (unlimited work and residence permit) can already be issued after 21 months, subject to proof of German language skills at B1 level.

  • Holders may leave Germany for up to twelve months without losing their status.

  • Holders may move to another EU country after 18 months (except the UK, Ireland, Denmark) and can benefit from accelerated and simplified conditions when applying for a new national EU Blue Card.

Looking for job portals and other career sites?

Then take a look at the following pages:


Praktikum and First Job In- und Ausland



Uni Stellenportale

Regionale Stellenportale

Stellenportale (allgemein)


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Patricia Huerto Acedo
Dez. I - Studium und Prüfungen: International Office, Projektkoordinatorin International Career Centre
Raum 263 - Haus 1
0395 5693-1016


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