One of the easiest way to get familiarized with your host country is securing a part time job while having your studies simultaneously. By doing so, you are actually “killing two birds with one stone” that is, you get to add some extra cash to your savings and also getting to know your host country very well. This is indeed an opportunity to grab; taking a part time job while studying.
A side making of extra income, you tend to gain international experience in the process. However, your opportunity to work or not to work while studying is dependent on the country, some of the countries would require you to have additional Visa that will grant you such privilege to work and study at same time. Some of the jobs you can easily do as a student abroad include: on-campus opportunities, bar or restaurant work, and teaching and tutoring.
I will strongly advice that you don’t neglect your primary aim of moving to abroad which is your studies. You must find balance to your work and studies but at same time explore on a social life activities.
Can You Work While Studying Abroad?
To answer this question straightly I will say yes! I know a friend of mine Jane who’s currently schooling in London, she’s having a part time job and guess what! She’s been there for two years now working and schooling.
Countries You Can Work In While Studying Abroad
Once you’ve made up your mind on whether to work while schooling or not, the next step to take which is important is to diligently search for the country that permits students to study and take part time jobs using a student visa. We have researched and listed some of the countries that permit students to work and study.
The United Kingdom
Here is UK’s permit when it comes to students studying and working; studying longer than 6 months on a Tier 4 student visa, 20 hours per week during study periods, 40 hours during vacation periods.
In France, students may not work more than 20 hours a week (964 hours per year). There is a 20% contribution to social security is mandatory. However, students can work up to 20 hours per week in a job relevant to their field of study and the employer must apply for a work permit on behalf of the student.
In Germany, Students can work up to 120 days per year full-time or 240 days for part-time work, students aren’t eligible.
In Italy, students may work up to 20 hours per week for a year (1040 in total).
In Ireland additional visas are not required. One academic year studies, students may work up to 20 hours per week during the term and full-time during vacation.
Here, it depends on the type of visa, you can work with the permission of your university and various bureaucratic documents.
Here in Singapore, students attending an accredited university and pursuing a full-time degree (no semester or annual exchange), up to 16 hours per work week are permitted.
Australia does not demand additional visa. It permits up to 20 hours a week and full-time during vacation.
In New Zealand, no additional visa is needed. Work is permitted on student visa, up to 20 hours per week during the term, and 40 hours during vacation.
In Costa Rica, working while studying is not permitted
Note: The above information is subject to change at any time and students should make contact directly with the embassy of the country where they plan on studying and check their type of visa and labor regulations directly with the authorities.
Below are jobs you can pursue while still studying abroad:
- Campus Jobs
- Restaurants and bars
- Teaching English
- Translation work
Tips to get a Job While Studying Abroad
- Keep Your Options Open
- Prepare Your Resume Ahead of Time
- Get dressed for an impressive job interview.
- Use Your Networking and Time Management Skills
Follow the tips above and have yourself secure the job you desire to finance your daily expenses.
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