Hildesheim has a lot to offer: Besides different universities with a wide range of courses, interesting training companies and many opportunities for further education it is living in this area that makes training or studying in this city an experience. Hildesheim, and its districts, is a modern, “little” big city that connects traditions and trends. Hildesheim has “churches and culture” but also much more. In the summer, the Platz an der Lilie becomes a city beach , Since 2017 Hildesheim Fairtrade Town and since the autumn of 2019, people are whizzing through the streets on e-scooters by TIER.
But even the everyday advantages such as good transport connections (ICE-train station and the motorway connection to the A7), a good infrastructure within the city and its districts (SVHi and RVHi) as well as a wide range of shops and restaurants make life in Hildesheim attractive.
What remains are a few more questions:
- Flat or flat sharing?
- Handball, water polo – or rather tricking and obstacle course?
- Club, pub or shared flat entertainment?
- Spend the weekend at home, chill out at the Hohnsensee or parachute at the airfield?
Even if we can’t make the decision for you – we are happy to show you the whole range of possibilities that are available when you study or train in Hildesheim.
You can find out more about studying in Germany on the website of the
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Access to the German Training Market
Before entering the country from abroad
You can apply directly to your preferred university/college. A Visa is not required.
All higher education entrance qualifications, which allow you to study in your home country, are also valid for applications to a German university/college. For example: the Spanish Bachillerato, the Austrian Matura, the British A-Level, High School Diploma or the French Baccalauréat. If you have a foreign German university entrance qualification, you do not have to provide proof again.
But you have to prove that you have a basic knowledge of the German language. For this purpose, the universities and colleges offer special language courses, as part of the German language examination for foreign applicants for example.
Some courses of study are fully taught in English. In this case you do not need any knowledge of the German language for the course of study itself. But it is advisable to learn German so that you integrate well at university, in everyday life and in private. Good German language skills are also very important for the German labour market. If you plan to work in Germany after you have finished your studies, a good knowledge of German is essential. In most companies German is the usual corporate language.
If your country is not listed, you need a Visa for the purpose of studying. Article 16 of the Residence Act lays down the legal conditions for international students from third countries.
As soon as you have been admitted to a German university for studying and your livelihood is secured, you will get a residence permit to study in Germany.
If you hold a such a residence permit, section 3 of Article 16 of the Residence Act says that you can work up to 120 full days or 240 half days per calendar year. You are also allowed to take up student part-time jobs without restriction.
After you have successfully completed your studies, you can stay in Germany for up to 18 months to find a job. During this time, you can work without restriction.
Use the “anabin” database to check if your GCE A-levels/graduation diploma matches or is equal to the German university entrance qualification (Abiturzeugnis) .
If you have attended a German school abroad and you have a German university entrance qualification, you do not have to provide proof again.
Particular to the German Training Market
Recognition of foreign Professional Qualifications and Academic Degrees
If you have a foreign professional and/or academic degree already, you should have these qualifications recognised in Germany. The German labour market makes a difference between regulated and non-regulated professions. Regulated professions are professions in medicine, law, teaching and public service for example. All other professions are normally not regulated. You can search for the “regulated professions” by clicking on the following link of the Federal Employment Agency: Link
The following institutions can help you with the process of recognition of your profession:
Studying in Hildesheim – Study Opportunities
There are different types of universities in Germany. You can study at a university, a university of applied sciences, a technical college, a university of cooperative education or training academy.
Health Insurance, Social Security and Tax Identification Number
Finances: Tax classes, tax return & bank account
Every employee in Germany has to pay income tax. Income tax is usually taken from the gross wage or salary of an employee. The employer forwards the tax to the Tax Office. Along with the income tax the solidarity surcharge and church tax are send to the Tax Office by the employer.
The amount of income tax you have to pay depends on your income tax class. This income tax class depends on your civil status:
- Is for single persons
- Is for married persons/partners, whose husband, wife/partner do not have to pay the full amount of tax.
- Is for married persons/partners who are permanently separated, also widowed persons (from the second year after the death of their husband, wife/partner).
If there are children, the child allowance can be entered in the so-called electronic income tax deduction criteria if necessary.
Income tax class II
- Is for all single parents who meet the criteria of income tax class I but are entitled to single parent relief.
- Is for widowed persons with at least one child from the month following the month in which their husband, wife or partner died. But in this case the so-called widow splitting applies. Widow splitting means that the lower tax rate of the joint taxation also applies in the year after the death of the husband, wife or partner.
Income tax class III
- For married persons or persons living in a registered partnership, which are notpermanently separated from their husband, wife or life partner and who have not chosen tax class IV.
- If the husband, wife or life partner is also employed then he or she gets tax class V. For widowed persons in the year in which the husband, wife or partner died and in the following year. The person who died must have had to pay full income tax at the time he or she died. The husband, wife or life partner has to still live with de person who died at the time he or she died.
- For married/partnered employees if both partners have to pay full tax and are living together.
- Husbands, wives or life partners can change their tax class once a year if both partners are employed.
- Both (husband, wife, partner) should earn about the same amount of money.
Income tax class IV-Factor
- Since 2010, the new art. 39f allows married people to choose tax class IV with a factor. In this tax class the tax payment is divided fairly between husband, wife or partner during the tax year. Both husband, wife or partner receive a basic allowance and if they have children perhaps a child allowance. The so-called spouse splitting reduces tax and is also included. The factor is calculated individually for every married couple by the Tax Office. Tax class IV/IV-factor is best for all married couples where both husband, wife or partner are employed. The income tax that is set comes very close to the final income tax, so that after a tax return there is only small additional amount to be paid by you or to be paid back to you by the Tax Office.
Income tax class V
- Is for husbands, wives or partners where the husband, wife or partner has tax class III.
- Is for husbands, wives or partners if the difference in pay for husbands, wives or partners is very large.
Income tax class VI
- Is for employees that have a second or another job.
- In this income tax class the most tax has to be paid and no allowances are included apart from the old-age relief. Since the income of the first employment is not known, in this tax class you have to pay a lot more tax than in the other tax classes.
More information is available at Tax Office Hildesheim.