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For International Applicant

Information for international job applicants and applicants moving into GUB

This page contains information which you may find useful if you are planning to work in the Bangladesh or move into the area.

We have a diverse and vibrant staff community at the German University Bangladesh with members of staff from a wide range of areas.

Applications from international staff are always welcome but you will need to have permission to work in the Bangladesh before you start any job. Only in very exceptional circumstances will the University be able to apply for a work visa for a new member of staff.

Information for Visa

Work permit in Bangladesh: Work permit is mandatory for every foreign national seeking employment in Bangladesh.

Private sector industrial enterprises, branch office, liaison/representative office desiring to employ foreign nationals are required to apply to BIDA in their prescribed from. While issuing work permit, BIDA usually follows the following guidelines:

  • Only nationals of countries recognized by Bangladesh are considered for employment.
  • Employment of expatriate personnel is considered only in industrial/commercial establishments which are sanctioned/registered by the appropriate authority.
  • Employment of foreign nationals is normally considered for the job for which local experts/technicians are not available.
  • Persons below 18 years of age are not eligible for employment.
  • A decision of the board of directors of the concerned company for new employment/employment extension is to be furnished in each case.
  • The number of foreign employees should not exceed 5% in the industrial sector and 20% in commercial sector of the total employees, including top management personnel.
  • Initially, employment of any foreign national is considered for a term of one year, which may be extended on the basis of merit of the case.
  • Security clearance will be required from Ministry of Home Affairs.

To know more about the work permit and information for visa, please visit the BIDA official website at http://bida.gov.bd/required-attachments-work-permitvisa-industrial .

About the mega city Dhaka

Dhaka (Bangla: ঢাকা,; formerly known as Dacca and Jahangir Nagar, under Mughal rule), is the capital of Bangladesh, largest and principle city of Dhaka District as well as is one of the largest metropolises in South Asia. With its colorful history and rich cultural traditions, located on the banks of the Buriganga River, and known the world over as the city of mosques and renowned for producing the worlds finest muslin. Today it has grown into a mega city of about 13 million people, with an area of about 1353 sq. km. becoming the hub of the nation’s industrial, commercial, cultural, educational and political activities. It is one of the most densely populated cities in the world and forms the world’s 9th largest agglomeration and the largest city within the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Dhaka is charming, multicultural and a cheap place to live for any traveler or expat. If you are considering finding work abroad, or if you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer abroad, Dhaka is the perfect place to start.


  • Summer: Max.36.7°C Min. 21.1°c
  • Winter: Max.31.7°C Min. 10.5°c
  • Rainfall: 2540 mm annually.
  • Humidity : 80 percent (approx.)

General Information:

  • Languages: Bangla, English is widely spoken and understood.
  • Educated: 74.6 %
  • Climate: Tropical, with heavy rainfall and bright sunshine in the monsoon and warm for the greater part of the year. The winter months, from November to March, are however, most likeable, cool and pleasant.
  • Time Zone: Current- Bangladesh Standard Time (BST); Current Offset- UTC/GMT +6 hours.

Accommodations in Dhaka

The cost of accommodations in Dhaka varies depending on your budget. Apartments or flat can range anywhere from $176 to $778 per month and utilities bill (electricity, gas, water, car parking etc.) for 2 people in 85m2 flat will cost $83 monthly. You can expect to pay less for unfurnished rooms on the outskirts of the city. You will pay more if the apartment is furnished and closer to the heart of the metropolitan area.

How much does food cost in Dhaka?

Food in Dhaka is spicy, delicious and so diverse. A full course meal costs anywhere from $1 to $5 at any local hotel or restaurant. Specialty restaurants can charge as much as $60 upwards, per meal. A fast food combo meal can cost $4 to $6. And it’s cheapest to buy groceries to cook at home. A week’s worth of groceries can cost about $6 on average, or $24 for a month’s worth of groceries.

In Addition, any international food chain you’ll find in Dhaka such as KFC, Nandos, Pizza Hut and many more. A typical “Chinese & Thai” Restaurant will cost $ 18 on an average 3 course meal for 2. Try Deshi food instead for an authentic taste at a much cheaper price. It’s legal to carry and buy drinks as long as you’re a foreigner in Dhaka. Drinking publicly is not allowed though.

Travel within in Dhaka

Transportation in Dhaka is extremely cheap. Taxis in the metropolitan area of the city charge about $4.75 per 5 miles. Uber, Pathao (Motor-Bike Ride), Rickshaws and Auto-rickshaws termed as CNG charge less than a dollar for short, one-way distances.

Healthcare in Dhaka

Dhaka’s healthcare expenses are fairly low. A visit to the doctor can cost about $2. To see a private doctor, expect to pay about $12. To rent a room, shared with one other person, at a luxury hospital costs $52, with a deposit of $156. To rent a room that is not shared with another guest, you are looking at $84, with a deposit of $250.

The average cost of entertainment in Dhaka

Dhaka, despite its rural appearance, has a surprising array of entertainment to offer. Local theaters offer exciting cultural experiences and lasting memories for only $6 per ticket, and this is for the best of the best seats. A ticket to the movie theater costs only $3.50 and they are usually air-conditioned.

Dhaka is bursting at the seams with holidays and cultural festivals, such as the Pahela Baishakh, Victory Day, annual Kite Festival etc. which offer entertainment for free and are genuinely spectacular.