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Work in Germany


From Berlin to Bavaria

Germany is the progressive, creative center of Europe! Packed with cultural landmarks, a layered history, and a world-famous nightlife, Germany is a dynamic, imaginative place to live.

A low cost of living

According to studies, Germany is a pretty cheap country to live in, compared with other countries in the Western world. Go go out for dinner and drinks and you'll still be able to save your well-earned Euros.

Our ALL-NEW Program

This is a thoroughly modern program, designed for people who don't want to hang around an office just to get helped.

SWAP Germany since 1992

We started offering a work and travel program shortly after German reunification and we're proud to be bringing it back in 2019!

SWAP Work in Germany

  • With SWAP Work in Germany, you’ll be saying Ich bin ein Berliner in no time! Enjoy an incredible year in Berlin, Germany where you can take in the world-famous art scene, take a dip at The Badeschiff, see the best sunset views at Klunkerkranich, and eat all the schnitzel and currywurst you can handle.

    Your year-long work permit means you can fund your adventures to just about anywhere in Europe. You'll come home with international work experience, new friends, countless stories from the trip of a lifetime!

  • Your Visa

    You will get a 12-month Working Holiday Visa, issued to you from within Germany. You can enter the country on a tourist allowance for up to 90 days, and we will assist you in the application process in Berlin. The visa cost when applying in Berlin is currently €100.

  • Local Support in Germany

    NEW: Get real support from local staff for your entire working holiday. We have partnered with a staff of local experts based in Berlin who can help with giving an overview of what you need to know to live in Germany. The friendly staff there can help you translate job ads, menus and more, plus help you navigate your new home. You'll also get:

    • Our expert SWAP materials: Your GO SWAP pre-departure membership to a Berlin re-location platform with online resources on all the essentials (housing, visa assistance, taxes, banking, and other life admin essentials)
    • Welcome dinner and orientation in Berlin when you arrive
    • 12 months access to the relocation platform, admin support, and job/housing listings
    • Ongoing monthly social events and access to the SWAP community in Berlin
    • Job listings from 500 companies in Berlin that hire English speakers
    • Translated documents for key visa and admin applications to help make your move to Germany as easy and stress free as possible

  • Our SWAP Support and Resources

    We've been helping Canadians live and work in Germany since 1992, so you will be joining an ongoing community of travellers who have had successful working holidays. Our dedicated visa experts will go over your application in detail and make sure it is perfect. If we notice anything, we'll work with you to make sure it's flawless before your paperwork is submitted.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a Working Holiday?
    When I sign up, do I have to travel right away and have everything ready?
    What types of jobs are available? Do you provide jobs to me?
    Can I find a job or apartment before I arrive?
    What if I don’t find a job?
    Can I find work in my field?
    Will I have time off to travel?
    Are there any additional fees?
    What is the cost of living in my destination?
    Do I have to be able to speak the native language (i.e. German)?
    What does the age range mean exactly? If I'm near the cut off can I still get the full length of the visa granted to me?
  • Booking the SWAP Work in Germany program

    Working and living in Germany with SWAP is easy. You can register online here, or do it in-person by visiting any of these Merit Travel locations and talking to a friendly travel counsellor. The choice is yours and our staff will be there to help you either way! The program price includes all the support services offered in Germany (listed in the support section).

Live and work in Germany in a very convenient way

Program Info

  • Eligibility

    Canadians ages 18-35 with a valid passport

    No German language skill is required to be eligible for the program

  • Registration Timelines

    Apply for the Work in Germany program at least 2 weeks prior to your intended arrival

  • 2019 Orientation Dates

    › July 20, 2019
    › August 17, 2019
    › September 14, 2019
    › October 12, 2019
    › March 2, 2020
    › April 1, 2020
    › May 1, 2020
    › June 1, 2020
    › July 1, 2020
    › August 3, 2020
    › September 1, 2020
    › October 1, 2020
    › November 2, 2020

  • Length of Your Visa

    Any period up to 1 year

  • Required Savings

    You must be able to demonstrate during application that you have the equivalent of €3000 EUR saved in your account to help cover your flight to Germany and living expenses during the first weeks/months of your stay

  • For Only

    SWAP Work in Germany is only $495 CAD! That includes your German resource membership with access to banking, tax, job, and housing support for 12 months, a welcome dinner and orientation upon arrival, and ongoing social events throughout your stay in Germany.

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