Part-time jobs for international students: Top countries which offer work during study opportunities
Updated on Mar 3, 2016 - 12:09 p.m. IST by Bedasree Das
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Part-time jobs for international students 
- Studying abroad is an expensive affair with a variety of costs involved like tuition fees, living expenses and travel expenses, to name a few. While education loans and scholarships are the best ways to fund education abroad, many students opt for part-time jobs abroad while studying to take care of their extra expenses.  The good news is that in a bid to attract international students to their shores, many countries allow students to engage in some kind of part-time jobs to help them fund their miscellaneous expenses. While some countries ask students to apply for separate work permits to work during studies, others let the students to work on their student visa itself, although, only for restricted hours usually spanning 10-20 hours a week.


Here, Careers360 brings you some of the hot study destinations in the world which allow international students to engage in part-time jobs.


Part-time jobs for international students in Australia:

One of the most expensive study destinations in the world, Australia’s high tuition cost and living expenses is a major deterrent to many students who want to pursue their education in the country, especially students from developing or underdeveloped countries. In order to deal with this financial problem, the Australian universities allow part-time jobs to international students during their study in the country. This has been a major factor in boosting the country’s emergence as an education hub. In fact, the number of international students studying in the country has shot up in the last few years, thanks to a liberal immigration policy which allows international students to stay back and work after study in the country for up to 4 years.

Not just after study, one of the big bonuses of studying in Australia is that the country allows international students to work even while pursuing their programme. In fact, there are many part-time jobs available for international students in Australia. Foreign students are allowed to work part-time up to 20 hours per week in Australia while their academic session is on. Here are some pointers:

  1. International students can work for 20 hours during session

  2. During course break, there is no restriction on working hours for students.

  3. Students can even earn some extra money during weekends.

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Part-time jobs for international students in Canada:

Canada has been in the most sought after list of countries among international students for many years now. The country is especially popular among Indian students, many of whom prefer to stay back and work in the country. While Canada does not fall among the most expensive destinations for international students, it is still considered to be an expensive study place, especially for  students from developing and underdeveloped countries. Sample this- an MBA degree from Canada can cost you more than CAD 1,00,000 and that is just tuition fees! Add to that living expenses and you will run an additional bill of at least CAD 30,000.

In such a case, part-time jobs abroad can, at least, help an international student fund some of his/her miscellaneous expenses.

According to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), international students have the option to work both on campus and off-campus. As part-time jobs, students can also work as a co–op student or intern to earn some extra money as well as strengthen their resumes.


In 2014, Canada scrapped the Off-Campus Work Permit Program (OCWPP). So, currently, international students are not required to apply for a work permit to work during their studies in Canada. Further, outside the campus students are allowed to work for 20 hours a week and full time during break.

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Part-time jobs for international students in New Zealand:

New Zealand has been quite an underdog among the education hubs in the world. However, with immigration issues popping up in UK and Australia, New Zealand has succeeded in making sharp inroads as far as education abroad is concerned. The country has, especially, garnered popularity among Indian students. What more, for two years straight, India has been the largest source of international students in New Zealand.


While the quality of education and immigration possibility are big factors in attracting students to New Zealand, another major reason is the flexibility that New Zealand offers in terms of letting students take up part-time jobs. International students in New Zealand are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week to support their studies. In fact, the Kiwi government has also set a minimum wage limit for international students at NZ $14.75. Good news is that if you are not planning to return to your home country during term break, you can work full time in New Zealand i.e., without the 20-hour restriction.


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Part-time jobs for international students in Germany:

With the German government axing tuition fees at state funded universities, it has become easier for international students to pursue their higher education in the country. However, other expenses like cost of living, stationery, food, accommodation etc. are still elements which need to be taken care of.


However, Germany has a liberal policy regarding part-time job opportunities for international students. According to DAAD, international students can work a total of 120 full or 240 half days per year in Germany. As per its part-time jobs policy, students who want to work more than the time set by the government have to get a permit from the Federal employment agency (Agentur für Arbeit) and a foreigners authority. For research assistants, on the other hand, there is no such limit, although, they too have to get permission from the foreigners’ authority.


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Part-time jobs for international students in UK:

The United Kingdom has put off international students due to its increasingly strict immigration norms. Needless to say, some of the country's steps on immigration have affected the number of international students applying to study in its universities. In June 2015, as part of a move to restrict foreign students from using visa as a ‘backdoor to the country’s job market’,  the UK announced that international students  beyond the European Union border will not be allowed to work while they study in the country.


However, all is not lost for international students hoping to part fund their expensive education in UK as the work during study restriction is only applicable to students studying in further education institutes, which offer vocational training. Further, students on a tier 4 visa are allowed to take up part-time jobs while studying in UK. Generally, international students with a Tier 4 visa can work upto 10 hours or more when their academic session is on. Usually, the passport sticker also known as the Residence Permit, defines whether you are allowed to work during your studies or not and even fix the number of hours that you can work during studies in UK.


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Part-time jobs for international students in USA:

The United States of America is undoubtedly one of the most sought after international destinations for students who plan to pursue their education abroad. Currently, the country boasts of over 9 lakhs students enrolled in a wide range of programmes. While the country does ensure one of the best educational environments in the world, the high course fees are a major deterrent for many students. Being the economic hub of the world, USA is also one of the most expensive destinations to pursue your education. In fact, business schools in USA charge some of the highest fees in the world.

One way to fund your education in USA is by working during your studies. Many students from international shores work part-time during their studies in USA to fund their sundry expenses. However, the point to note here is that US does not allow first year international students on F1 and M1 visas to work off campus. However, they are definitely allowed to work on campus and take up part-time jobs abroad, which include job as assistants, librarians and so on.

Once the international students step into their second and further years of study, they are allowed to work off campus under three employment categories:

  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) (pre-completion or post-completion)

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Optional Practical Training Extension (OPT)

International students have to make sure that the work that they pursue is related to their field of study. M1 students can opt for practical training only after finishing their course.


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