Top 10 Countries That Allows International Students To Study And Work


This is one of the many important questions students ask as they search for schools in countries far away from what they have known as ‘home’. For many students, going abroad to study can be daunting (and exciting at the same time!).

It’s important to make sure you’re fully prepared before arriving in a country so that you know exactly what’s ahead of you and can avoid any unexpected stress. Part of being fully-prepared as an international student is planning and deciding on a part-time job while schooling.

Top 10 Countries That Allows International Students To Study And Work

1. Studying and Working in Canada: Obtaining a Canadian visa can be quite the herculean task. It is not the same for students intending to study in Canada. While it is necessary for international students to supply sufficient evidence that tuition and living expenses will be adequately taken care of, there are a good number of work permit programs for international students that make working in Canada possible.

International students who hold valid study permits and who are studying full time at eligible Canadian public and private universities or colleges may be eligible to work on-campus at the institution where they study without a work permit.

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The Off-Campus Work Permit authorizes a student to put in up to 20 hours per work week during regular academic sessions, and full time during holidays and scheduled breaks while the Co-op/Internship Work Permit Program will be given to international students whose intended employment is an essential part of their program of study in Canada as certified by their Canadian academic institution. The work portion of this program can form up to 50 percent of the program of study.

2. Studying and Working in UK:  The UK is quite selective about allowing international students to work. Students from outside the UK/an EU country, usually need a visa to study in the UK and a list of other requirements.  As such, students that are planning to study in the United Kingdom, must know that the country only allows international students work only if they are granted a Tier 4 Visa. This visa is given to international students who are studying in the UK for at least six months. Internati onal students will be allowed to work in most jobs depending on their course level and the kind of sponsor they have.

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A tier-4 visa usually permits international students work on an average of 20 hours per week during school sessions and full-time during the holidays. The maximum hours  an international student might work during a semester will be printed on the visa sticker or Biometrics Residence Permit (BRP).

3. Studying and Working in Australia: International students intending to study in Australia will need to apply for the Student visa (subclass 500). The student visa allows for up to 40 hours of work every two weeks during the study period and full time during the holidays, for students who desire to work and study in Australia. This meas that before you undertake any paid work, you need to make sure your visa permits you to work.

Also, it is important to know that, once you find a job in Australia, your employer must give you a formal award or agreement which should establish the minimum wage you will receive per hour, as well as your working conditions.

4. Studying and Working in France: International students in France are able to work both On-Campus and Off-Campus as in Canada. However, in order for this to happen, the student is expected to have a residency card and be studying in an institution that gives access to the Social Security System.

Being a student in France, gives the right to work up to 964 hours during the year, which is equivalent to 60% of the 35 hours per week that are usually worked in the country. In France, the minimum wage is 9.40 euros per hour with approximately 20% going to taxes.

5. Studying and Working in USA: The United states issues two kinds of visas to all students coming into the country. The F-1 and the M-1 visas. The F-1 Visa (Academic Student) allows an international student to enter the United States as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, seminary, conservatory, academic high school, elementary school, or other academic institution or in a language training program.

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Once an international student receives their F-1 visa, they will have the right to work On-Campus for maximum 20 hours per week during the study period and up to 40 hours per week during the vacations period. This is because students on an F-1 visa can only work on-campus in their first year of studies. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may grant permission to F-1 visa holders to work off-campus in their second year of study.

The M-1 visa on the other hand allows student on the M-1 visa to take up practical or vocational training only after they have completed their studies. The weekly restrictions range between 12 and 16 hours.

6. Studying and Working in Singapore

International students need to obtain a Pass (Visit Pass) to stay in Singapore and search for jobs for a period of maximum 12 months. Once you get a job, you need to apply for the Employment Pass. During studies, several colleges and universities in Singapore offer internships as a part of their curriculum. If you get admitted to a top institute you can gain hands-on experience as the institutes have got excellent tie-ups and links with the industry. Singapore has been blocking visas to Indian IT professionals. So, employment scenarios are not too clear. But, opportunities are there in ICT, Finance, and Hospitality. Know more about the post-study work opportunities in Singapore for foreigners.

7. Studying and Working in Switzerland & Sweden

Switzerland and Sweden are excellent options to study abroad. Additionally, both Switzerland and Sweden offer 6-months stay back options.

Switzerland is one of the best countries when it comes to living standard, innovation, and studies in banking & finance, engineering, life sciences, and hospitality management. Read about studying hospitality management at EHL Switzerland – the leading hospitality management school in the world.

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Sweden doesn’t get as much media attention as other popular study-abroad destinations. But, it’s a small country that definitely punches above its weight. Know more about Education and Jobs in Sweden for the international students.

8. Studying and Working in Ireland

Ireland offers 12 months of stay back for all international students finishing a Bachelors degree in Ireland. Postgraduate students are allowed to stay for 24 months. Irish degrees are very aligned to the industry needs, hence making Irish graduates very employable. The IT, telecommunication, pharmaceutical, applied sciences, and finance sectors are very strong; and they provide excellent career opportunities for international students. Ireland hosts EU, EMEA headquarters and operating hubs of leading companies like Accenture, IBM, Dell, Motorola, HP, Apple, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, Pfizer, PayPal, Genzyme, DCC, Oracle, Covidien, Smurfit Kappa, CRH and many others. Know more about the Employment Opportunities for International Students in Ireland.

9. Studying and Working In Indian

The international (and Indian) students are already in a state of high tension after the US Government made significant changes in the immigration and visa rules. The recent scrapping of the 457 visa category by the Australian Government made the case worse. The UK has stopped the post-study work visa long back in 2011-12. Things are no different in Singapore and New Zealand.

Students and parents are getting apprehensive about studying abroad; and why shouldn’t they? After all, everyone would like to work in the destination country to gain international work experience and to recover a significant part of the studying costs. However, bright and deserving Indian (and international) students are highly unlikely to get affected due to all these turmoil. It’s true that all the countries are making their visa and immigration rules more stringent than ever. But, qualified and skilled students and professionals will continue to enjoy the post-study work opportunities in the foreign countries.

10. Study Work Opportunities in Germany

Germany is another destination with excellent post-study work opportunities for the international students. You can stay in the country for 18 months after finishing your course. You need to apply for an 18-month Residence permit from your local foreign nationals’ registration office to look for a suitable job (relevant to your qualifications). During these 18 months, you may take up any kind of employment to support yourself and fund your job search. Once you get a job relevant to the course you studied in Germany, you can apply for the German Residence permit or an EU Blue Card. Please be advised that the post-study work opportunities are for international students who do their postgraduate studies from Germany. Know more about studying Masters in Germany.

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