DEGIS

Deutsche Gesellschaft internationaler Studierender (Engl.: German Association for international students) is a non-profit organisation (NGO) shaping the community for international students and anyone coming to Germany to pursue an academic career and/or employment.

Connecting international students across Germany

We are connecting internationals across the country and offer a space for exchange by organizing exceptional events – ranging from network parties at the hippest nightclubs in Germany to seminars and receptions with experts from society, politics and business, connecting a unique network of like minded people, offering a scholarship opportunity, opening doors to the German job market and much more. While doing so, we are always aiming to think out of the box and to stay on the pulse of time by addressing our core values diversity, endurance, globalization, internationality and sustainability.

DEGIS is not only about politics, career and education though. We are actively empowering our members to meet, socialize and have fun in a completely unofficial and private setting. Free of judgement, prejudices and eyes of potential future employers, DEGIS members are embracing international friendship and celebrate their time in Germany.

Next to our social effort, DEGIS is offering updated and relevant information on topics that are of utmost importance for its members and members to be. All information can be found in the Germany Guide. Besides deep insights on Living in Germany, Studying in Germany and Visa for Germany, DEGIS prepared objective and exhaustive comparisons for visa prerequisites:

Blocked Account: a comparison between German Blocked Account providers, insightful emphasising on hidden differences and an ultimate recommendation.
Health Insurance: an introduction into the German health insurance system and a comparison between governmental providers as well as short-list for private offerings.

For students, but especially for educational institutions like universities and language school, DEGIS has introduced Info Packages for different groups. The Info Packages allow an undistorted understanding of what has to be done in order to obtain a visa and making the arrival in Germany smooth. The Info Package is available for University Students, Language Students, Studienkolleg Students and Scholars. For the latter, DEGIS has also developed exclusive group contracts for a private health insurance that are unprecedented on the market.

No matter what we are doing at DEGIS, we always keep our core values in mind:

D – diversity

E – endurance

G – globalization

I – internationality

S – sustainability

Learn more about our valued partners

AIESEC Germany

AIESEC is an international exchange organisation for internships & voluntary experiences abroad. In Germany, AIESEC has 35 locations and more than 1.000 members.

Deutschlandstiftung Integration

German Foundation for Integration is offering the GEH DEINEN WEG scholarship under the patronage of chancellor Angela Merkel and former president Christian Wulff.

EWOR Fellowship

Join Europe’s most-renowned entrepreneurship education fellowship. You will meet unicorn founders, receive free office space and focus on a pre-defined innovation challenge from an established corporation.

Studo

Studo develops digital solutions for universities. The Studo app, available for Android and iOS, was developed for students to make their daily study life easier. Numerous functions such as mail client, calendar, chat, wiki or newsfeed ensure tens of thousands of satisfied users* in Europe.

Expatrio

Expatrio is a digital service provider for international talents in Germany offering a holistic platform from applying at universities via visa support to finding an apartment.In 2019, Expatrio initiated the foundation of DEGIS.

intap network

Intap network bridges the skill gap in and around the region Saxony by connecting the high potential international talents with high tech growing companies.

Lern-Fair

Lern-Fair is a central, Germany-wide platform offering digital educational opportunities for students.

The E-Learning provider wants to set an example for more educational justice and supports students regardless of their background, gender, and social status.

VDSI

The Verband Deutscher Studierendeninitiativen e. V. is the association of fifteen of the largest student initiatives in Germany.

Officially founded in 2014, the VDSI today represents more than 100,000 students at 83 locations across Germany in almost 350 local groups and thus represents a large proportion of students who are involved in non-university activities.

Studieren Ohne Grenzen

Studieren Ohne Grenzen (Études Sans Frontières International) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization that promotes higher education in countries of the Global South and awards scholarships to people who want to contribute to a better future for their countries but do not have the financial resources.

What other students said...

Our members are the most important part of everything we do. Without them we wouldn’t exist, hear what they have to say so far.

“Not only have I had the chance to meet other internationals in my city, but I also saw a lot more of Germany than I could have imagined when coming here due to DeGiS.”

- Hassan, 22 y.o., 🇪🇬 Egypt

“Thanks to DeGiS I have settled in Germany much easier. Found friends in my city and didn’t have to spend my Friday night at the dorm.”

- Ricardo, 25 y.o., 🇲🇽 Mexico

“Got my internship via a contact at DeGiS very seamlessly. Couldn’t think of any job platform which would make it that straightforward.”

- Xue, 21 y.o., 🇨🇳 China

“Even though I have been to Germany before starting my Erasmus semester here, I have never had the chance to experience it in a way I could with DeGiS.”

- Antoine, 20 y.o., 🇫🇷 France

Time to join us!

If you'd like to become an active member/volunteer in one of our 45+ City Chapters, sign up on the membership page.