Simone Müller

The Career Passport Programme

Your steps towards professionalism.

Why get a Career Passport?

Do you want to have a career in Germany? Then get your Career Passport to gain  the skills and expertise you need to write successful job applications. It can help convince your future employer that you are committed to a career in Germany. The Career Passport programme is open to international degree-seeking students.

Added bonus: you’ll always be up-to-date regarding all career-related activities.

What’s in it for you?

The Career Passport is built on four pillars and takes around three semesters to complete. We recognise relevant activities you took part in before starting the Career Passport as well – please check with the departmental career support coordinator.

Pillar 1: Apply

Successfully applying for jobs in Germany may seem like a secret language. The activities in this pillar help you to uncover the hidden stumbling blocks. Learn about how to reach out to employers, how to make the most of a career fair and how to write a successful job application in Germany – this might be very different from what you would do in your home country, even if the process may look similar on the surface.

Pillar 2: Speak

Speaking German makes it easier to get around in Germany and is a skill highly valued by employers – also in international companies. According to a study conducted by the Institute for Employment Research (available in German), international professionals who speak German very well earn around 20 per cent more than those who do not. What are you waiting for?

Pillar 3: Live

You don’t want to experience another culture shock when leaving university? Be prepared. Take courses in communication, social and personal skills or project management.

Pillar 4: Work

Whether as an intern or while writing your master’s thesis in a company: study-related work experience often paves the way for your first job after graduating.

How does it work?

Get your Career Passport

Register for your Career Passport using the registration form.

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Get started by choosing your first activities. We recommend that you start with the mandatory activities, followed by the compulsory elective activities. Please always check for the application deadlines that apply to all activities.

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Stay in the loop

Regularly check your emails. We'll keep you posted on any new activities. 

The must-haves

Complete all mandatory activities and at least five compulsory elective activities. Take your time – it may take around three semesters to complete the programme. Always bring your Career Passport booklet if you cannot register for an activity via ZEuS.

The icing on the cake

Take as many compulsory elective activities as you wish, but at least five. 

Ready for graduate life

To get your Career Passport certificate, hand in your stamped booklet, a transcript of records listing the mandatory activities you took part in as well as a letter from your employer confirming that you completed your internship/master's thesis in their company or did voluntary work for an international student organisation. 

Get your Career Passport now!

Need advice on career planning and preparing your application documents?

The university’s Career Service can help you figure out what kind of career might come close to your dream job and provides advice on what your job application documents should look like. 

Some impressions from last year's career fair, organised by the Career Service.