OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
Students often look for the opportunity to earn extra money while studying. And this is understandable – there are many advantages. We will talk about how the employment system for foreign students in Austria works.
The benefits of studying in Austria
It is important to know if you plan to enter Austrian universities:
training there is not expensive – 750 euros per semester;
there are no entrance exams: you will need your certificate and a language certificate of level B1;
if you enter the preparatory department for foreigners, after its completion you will immediately be credited to undergraduate studies;
German can be pulled to the desired level during training at the preparatory department;
You can enter in the fall and spring;
students independently form a training schedule;
and also can choose subjects and subjects of term papers.
And of course, you will receive a quality education at a European university. In addition, a European diploma is valuable not only by its presence, but by the values and skills that you will receive during your studies. This, in particular, the ability to independently plan time, work in a team and independently master the material.
Earning money is a good opportunity
Studying at Austrian universities is a serious burden. You will have to fully immerse yourself in study, because taking exams is difficult. Think well before you look for work and load yourself with it too. In the end, getting a quality education is your primary goal.
However, working while studying can enhance the benefits of studying in Austria. Now let’s explain why.
The first is financial support. It is, of course, difficult to independently cover all expenses for training and accommodation. But to pay part of the costs and provide yourself with pocket money – it will work.
Other benefits a job will give you:
Tongue. One of the requirements for joining Austrian universities is a language certificate of level B1. However, even this level is not enough for a full life in Austria. The Austrians themselves, the media, government officials can talk to you quickly and in places inexplicably (besides this there are still dialects and slang!).
And this is normal. Learning a language thoroughly in foreign courses is impossible. Work will help with this. You will completely immerse yourself in the language environment and will absorb the Austrian language. It is also an opportunity to overcome the psychological barrier and finally speak German.
Whether to put yourself in such a position, of course, is up to you;)
Experience. This is your chance to get it in full. And try yourself in different areas – this will definitely give you an advantage in your future job search.
Personal time management. Work is an additional responsibility. To successfully combine work with study and rest, you will have to plan your time well. In any case, do everything so that you do not overwork. Health and emotional state come first.
How long can I work?
Austrian law limits working hours for bachelors and masters. For students from outside the European Union, this limit is 20 hours per week.
What profession to choose?
The easiest way is to choose a profession not in your specialty. Students can work as waiters, telephone operators, nannies, shopkeepers in stores or fast foods, secretaries, hotel administrators, assistants during the organization of festivals or sports matches.
Such professions will require you to know the language. Of course, German is a priority, but knowledge of English is also useful.
Salaries will vary between 7-12 euros per hour. Quickly consider – it turns out from 280 to 960 euros per month. And this is already good money for the student.
You can work in your specialty if you have a bachelor’s degree, which you received in Ukraine or already in Austria. Then you can work 20 hours a week (regardless of whether you study for a bachelor or a master). Salaries of up to 1000 euros per month will not be taxed. You can earn more, but then you have to pay taxes.
How to find a job?
To officially get a job, foreigners need to get permission from the Arbeitsmarktservice (abbreviated as AMS). There are two options for how to do this.
First: contact AMS, and perhaps they will find a vacancy that is right for you. If not, you will be put on the list of people looking for work. This is a good result to begin with.
Second (and actually the most common): find a job on your own and contact AMS with your employer. In order to work in Austria, in any case, you need to get their permission.
It is important that it is the employer who fills out the work permit form. To make this process easier, ask your employer to get the documents. The review of such applications at AMS lasts from two to six weeks. You have to wait anyway: working informally in Austria will not work.
Work for students in Austria can be found on the Internet (XXI century, after all). There are many sites for this. The most common ones are:…