Countries where you can work while studying abroad

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Countries where you can work while studying abroad

Studying abroad is quite common nowadays. It’s more affordable, its availability is higher and the choice is wider. Working while studying abroad can either be a way to make some extra money for your stay or a means to get experience for the future. A lot of students assume they are not allowed to work while studying abroad, however that is not always the case. More often than not you are allowed to work while studying abroad, but there are some regulations you need to follow.

Find out which countries allow you to work while studying abroad and don’t miss your opportunity to make the most of your travels.

 

Work while studying abroad in the United Kingdom

In order to work in the UK during your studies you need to be on a long-term study visa (Tier 4 visa). That is the visa issued for international students studying in the United Kingdom for a period or 6 months of longer. You can only get a work permit if you are attending a school or institution funded by the government or that is allowed to give higher education degrees. You will be able to work for 10-20 hours per week, depending on the type of course you are attending. During the holidays you will be able to work for up to 40 hours per week if you get a work permit.

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Work while studying abroad in the United States

Receiving the F-1 visa (which is for international students who will study a full time program in a language school, high school, university or any other higher education institution), means you will be permitted to work on-campus for a maximum of 20 hours per week during the period of your studies and up to 40 hours per week during the holidays. Keep in mind that  working on campus means that the job must be done for the institution you are studying in, not necessarily inside the building of a given institution. You can also work in services, provided on campus like the cafeteria or the library. If you would like to work off campus, you can only do this by obtaining a permit from US Immigration Services a year after you began studying in the form of Curricular Practical Training (internship) or Optional Practical Training (work related to your studies).

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Work while studying abroad in Canada

In Canada you can work on campus without a work permit if you are a full-time student of a Public Higher Education Institution, or Private Higher Education Institution with 50% governmental funding and Private Institutions authorized to give degrees. Students are permitted to work a maximum of 20 hours per week for off campus employment, in case of working on campus there are no restrictions. You will need to apply for a work permit if your academic, professional or vocational training program does include an essential internship or co-op components. In the case if you would like to continue working after you graduate you can apply for a post-graduation work permit.

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Work while studying abroad in Australia

If you have a student visa in Australia you are permitted to work up to 40 hours per two weeks during your studying period and full time during the holidays. You also need to know that your employer is obliged to formally establish your minimum wage per hour and inform you about the working conditions. In Australia the government determines the minimum wage per hour for each sector of the industry, make sure to check what your wage should be.

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Work while studying abroad in Spain

If you are an international student in Spain you can apply to local authorities for a work permit, with which you can work for up to 20 hours per week. This allows you to work in a company, with which you will sign a part-time contract, the work permit and the contract will be of the same time length and cannot exceed the duration of the student visa. You must perform work related to your studies. You can work full time for a maximum of 3 months during your holidays.

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Work while studying abroad in Germany

In Germany you can work for a maximum of 120 days per year at a full time job and 240 days at part-time job. The only case in which you can work more than 120 days is if your job is at the institution you are studying at, but you need to apply for a permit with local authorities. If you are attending a language course you can only work during your holidays.

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Work while studying abroad in France

When studying abroad in France you can work on campus and off campus if you have a residency card and are studying in an institution giving you access to the Social Security System. In France people can work for 35 hours per week and as a student you will be able to work 60% of that number. During your studies you can only work part-time, but during your holidays you can work full-time.

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Work while studying abroad in Ireland

If you are attending a preparatory or foundation course in Ireland you are not allowed to work. If you are attending another course and are student from the European Economic Area you can work while studying in Ireland. Non-EEA students can work for up to 20 hours per week during their studies and full-time during the holidays, but only if their course lasts at least one academic year. Also the course must be listed in the government’s internalization register. Your right to work ends with the duration of your course. 
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Before you undertake any work make sure to check what the law or your visa allows you to do, you can always check with the appropriate immigration institution or ask at the institution you are studying at.

 

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