Countries that permit international students to work while they study

Countries that permit international students to work while they study

Having gained admission to an international university is a dream come true for most students. However, the high cost of studying in a foreign country is an essential factor. To confirm that their studies are not affected by a lack of funds, many students look for work to pay for it, as it helps them not only to gain experience but also to reimburse expensive courses and subjects. Next, a list of countries and the work permits that each one has for international students.

1. United Kingdom

It is possible to work in the United Kingdom, but with many exceptions; some students are prohibited from working. Those students who are in the United Kingdom with the visa commonly called “Tier 4”, can get it stamped as “work allowed” with restrictions. Once students have got these stamps, there is no requirement to contact the Secretaries of State for Employment. It is practicable to perform the following types of work: vacation or part-time employment (20 hours during the school period and full-time during the holidays). It is essential to clarify that students are not allowed to work on their own, do business or be available as an athlete or professional animator, nor can they seek a full-time permanent vacancy.

2. United States

If you want to study in a full-time program in the United States, you need a student visa. There are two types of visas; they call them “F” and “M.” The F-1 visa is for students who enter the United States to follow an academic program at an accredited university. On the other way, the M-1 visa is acknowledged for students in non-academic, language, or vocational programs. F-1 students can not work off-campus in the first year but can seek employment within it. After finishing this year, students can look for off-campus jobs.

3. Canada

In Canada, there is no doubt that they are a little more flexible. International students in Canadian universities can work both on and off-campus, until they have the required permit and, it should be emphasized, only if they are full-time students of one of the following institutions: Public Institution of Higher Education, Private Institution of Higher Education, have 50% of government funding and Private Institution with authorization to give titles for off-campus jobs to students. Here you are allowed to work only 20 hours per week and no more. For those who prefer to work within the campus, there are no restrictions.

4. Germany

In Germany, while students from the EEA (European Economic Area) can freely seek employment. Students who do not belong to this agreement, have some restrictions and conditions to fulfill to work while studying. The students can work 90 full days or 180 days in half time throughout the year. Students do not need any type of authorization from the Employment Agency to achieve this purpose.

5. France

Here the students have the possibility of working with the condition that they are enrolled in an institute that gives them access to a Student Social Security scheme. As stated in the law, students can work up to a maximum of 964 hours per year and do not need to obtain any temporary work permit to work while studying. In this country, they can also work in educational institutions with functions such as student council, support for students with social disabilities, computer assistance, etc.

6. Ireland

EEA students can find employment while studying in Ireland. However, those who do not belong to this agreement can only work in occasional jobs (up to 20 hours per week during the school period or full time during the holidays) if their course is at least one academic year. In addition, the course must be included in the internationalization register of governments. It is essential to keep in mind that while applying for your visa, you will have to provide evidence that you have enough backing to meet the cost of the course and that you do not need to depend on any source of income.

7. Australia

Like the other countries, to study in Australia, you will have to obtain a student visa. Here it is allowed to work for a specific number of hours. Students are granted the “Permission to Work” under their student visa. They can only take 40 hours of work every 15 days (as long as the university is in function) and full time during the holidays. It is important to note that voluntary and unpaid work that benefits the community is not included in the 40-hour restriction. This rule is also not applicable to postgraduate research students who are doing masters through research or are pursuing a doctorate course. They can work without a limit of hours.

8. Norway

An international student in Norway who has a student residence permit cannot seek employment. However, students may apply for a part-time permit to find employment during the holidays; 20 hours a week are worked once the permit is granted. In addition, full-time employment can be sought, albeit for a limited period of time. Along with the work permit application, the school must submit a letter stating that the person’s studies will not be affected owing to work. It should be noted that most of the Norwegian institutes do not have a job on campus, so students will have to look for work outside.

9. Singapore

In Singapore, only students who receive an exemption from the Work Card can work through the Notification of Employment of Foreign Personnel. For full-time international students pursuing a bachelor’s degree at one of Singapore’s universities, part-time work is allowed, which should not exceed 16 hours per week during the school term and full-time during the holidays. It is not necessary to submit any special request if you work in the limited work schedule and you study in one of the universities approved by the Ministry of Labor.

10. New Zealand

Students with a student visa may work up to 20 hours per week in part-time jobs during the school term and full-time during vacations or holidays. In addition to having this working hours limit, some students are allowed special scholarships to work more. P who have enrolled for a 1-year course with 120 credits can work full-time during scheduled breaks. However, if the course is one year but does not have 120 credits, then full-time work is only allowed during the Christmas and New Year holidays. It is necessary to make sure that the passport visa indicates that you can work because without it this will not be possible.

And well, which of all was the one that convinced you most? Remember that the visa process of any of these countries is usually long and you need to have a lot of patience. It also takes into account that to obtain a visa, most countries ask to have a certain level of the language of the country, or at least of English; that is why it is very important that you go prepared with previous studies of the language.

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