May I work as a student?
International students in Germany are allowed to work limited amounts parallel to their studies at the university as well as during preparation programs like BIC under certain condtions.
International students are allowed to work up to 120 full or 240 half days per year while studying. This is printed directly on the student visa. However, certain campus jobs, tutorial positions, and mandatory internships are not subject to this limitation.
The same applies for the second (calendary) year in the preparation program at the BIC.
Where can I live?
You have several options when looking for a place to live: student dorms, private apartments or shared flats.
In Germany, every university has dormitories that are run by a Studentenwerk (student union). Some are more conveniently located or for various other reasons more popular than others. These are the quickest to be booked, and you should watch application deadlines closely. Deadlines and other relevant information specific to the given university or town can easily be found on the university's and/or the Studentenwerk's website.
Probably the majority of students in most German cities live in private apartments. Especially popular among students are Wohngemeinschaften (shared apartments), or "WGs" due to the reduced living costs and additional social contacts. You can find further details and recommendations for finding an apartment in the BIC Pre-Departure Guide which we will send you, if you ask for it.