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Student and academic assistants

Studentische HilfskräfteWhat constitutes a student or academic assistant is regulated by § 57 LHG (the State Higher Education Act): "Persons with a first university degree may be employed as academic assistants. Anyone who is enrolled in a degree program at a university can be hired as a student assistant; employment must be terminated at the latest upon exmatriculation..."

Their activities are also specified in the LHG. "Academic as well as student assistants perform auxiliary activities for research and teaching and support students in tutorials..."

The duration of employment is limited to 6 years. The Ministry of Science determines the remuneration.

By performing administrative activities, such as web administration, library supervision, student advising or secretarial work, assistants become "TV-L" employees and are entitled to receive wages in accordance with the Collective Agreement for Public Service Employees of the German Länder (TV-L).