6 Great Countries Where You Can Work While Studying6 min read

Ali Neill / October 16, 2018
Category : Jobseeker, Jobseeker advice, Recruitment, Student
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If you plan on studying abroad, but don’t have a scholarship that can cover all of your expenses, you might have to consider getting a part-time or full-time job. It can be a great way to maintain a steady income allowing you to tackle academic challenges without worrying about money. Wonderlic Test Prep is here to help. They have found the 6 best countries in which you can work while studying.

The main problem that international students face is not being allowed to work while studying. One country which makes it practically impossible for international students to obtain a working permit is Italy. In theory, you can work while studying, but it is very difficult. Other countries like China allow foreign students to work but make the application process for a working permit pretty tricky. The United States also have very complicated laws and strict rules when it comes to working while studying. In some countries, like Costa Rica, international students are banned from working while studying.

Luckily, there are plenty of countries, which offer a great education and also let international students work part-time, while attending university. Some have relatively high restrictions while others are quite lenient. The following countries all make it easy for students to earn some extra money. Here are the six top countries for immigrant students who need to work while studying.

1.  Sweden

Sweden is a great place to live and also a great place to study. Sweden has lots of high ranking universities, and while you won’t find it among the top ten countries when it comes to quality of the education system, it is still among the best choices in the world for international students.

The country is also pretty lenient when it comes to allowing international students to work. If you have a residence permit in Sweden (and you get one if you’re studying there), there’s no official limit on how many hours you can work. You can find out more about the topic here.

2. United Kingdom

Some of the best universities in the world are located in the UK, but the country has strict rules when it comes to working while studying. If you’re a citizen of the EU, EEA (European Economic Area), or Switzerland there’s no limit on the number of hours you can work per week, and there’s no application process. You just need to let your employer know where you are from.

If you’re from a country outside the EU, then the rules are a bit different. Firstly, you need a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa. And then there are still plenty of restrictions. You can check them out on the site of the University of Edinburgh. Here’s what it says in a nutshell: you can work 20 hours per week if you’re on a full-time programme at degree level or above or 10 hours per week if on a below degree level.

3. France

France is one of the best places to study if you’re an international student and have a scholarship that covers all of your expenses. In case you have to work to cover up your costs, France is still the way to go. The good thing about France is that all international students are allowed to work while studying.

They are limited per 964 hours a year (60 percent of the legal work year or about 19 hours per week), and if they are outside the EU, they must have a student resident permit. APT or temporary work permit is needed only for Algerian students. Everyone else can work without having one.

4. Canada

Canada is a beautiful country with some much to offer in the way of education, especially if you plan on staying there after your studies. The country makes it simple for foreign students hoping to stay and work in Canada after their studies. However, if you need to work while studying, the rules are pretty complicated, so we’ll explain them in a bit more detail than we did for the other countries.

International students can work on campus if they are a full-time post-secondary student at:

  • A public post-secondary school, such as a college or university
  • The CEGEP in Quebec (a private college-level school in Quebec that operates under the same rules as public schools and is at least 50% funded by government grants)
  • A Canadian private school that can legally award degrees under provincial law.

A study permit and a Social Insurance Number are also required. There’s no limit in hours for on campus work.

If students want to work off campus without a work permit, they have a limit of 20 hours per week. Additionally, a study permit that allows them to work off campus is required (the information should be on the permit). They need to be full-time students at “a designated learning institution (DLI) and they need to be enrolled in a post-secondary academic, vocational or professional training program or a secondary-level vocational training program (in Quebec only).” It goes without saying that they also need to have a Social Security Number.

For students “enrolled in a program with English or French as the only second language (ESL/FSL)” or those enrolled in a general interest course, a valid work permit is mandatory to work off campus. Learn more about these many rules here.

5. Australia

If you manage to get a student visa and take a college course in Australia, we can tell you that not only can you work there while studying but any family members (family members included in student visa application) that are with you can also work while you study in the country. The same rules apply to both students and their family members.

While you study, all of you can work up to 20 hours per one week and full-time during vacations. And if you are a postgraduate research student, you can work full-time if you started a masters in research or a doctoral degree. The same rights apply to all your family members!

6. New Zealand

Last but not least, we have New Zealand. This country, like Sweden, doesn’t have world famous universities but it offers an excellent education all the same. It is also one of the countries with the highest standard of living. Furthermore, applying for a student visa is pretty easy and straightforward.

If you want to work before you start your studies, you must check your eVisa or physical visa label that can be found in your passport for your working rights. These can also be found in a letter that comes with your student visa. If you cannot find your working rights, then you are not eligible to work.

If you have permission to work, you can work up to 20 hours a week if you’re studying full-time for at least two years. Over the holidays, international students can work full-time. Also, Ph.D. and Masters (in research) students can work full-time without any restrictions. Find all about New Zealand work while studying rules here.

We hope this article from Wonderlic has been enlightening! If you have any suggestions for our blog, please let us know. If you are a recruiter looking to hire in any of these countries, check out some of our other articles on recruiting: How  to recruit in Sweden, the UK, France, Canada, Australia or New Zeland.

Author: Ali Neill

As the job board tester and blog editor for the Jobboard Finder, Ali works on job boards from all around the world and keeps a close eye on the recruitment trends thanks to a number of sources, including the website’s social media pages.

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    1. Hello ma’am. IAM kavithavijayakumar from Chennai, India. I just want to know which is the best college to do MBA with moderate tuition fee and also which allows me to do a part-time job where I can manage my day-to-day expenses.

  2. Hi
    It’s Jahidul from Bangladesh! I wanted to know that which country would be best ( from this 6 countries) for working while studying. And it will be more helpful if you tell me whether I can cover up my study and all expenses by doing part time job?
    TIA ❤️

    1. Hi Jahidul, that really depends on the languages you speak, the studies you hope to complete and your living conditions. It’s a complex question, which will depend on many factors concerning yourself. I would recommend researching each country and seeing which one is right for you.

      1. Hi there!! it’s me Vangi Omari from Tanzania, I wanted to know that which country has the lowest tuition fees and other expenses, and I can join part time job while I studying to cover my all expenses?

  3. While studying in Sweden, Am I able to financially support my family along with my studies?
    Am I able to trade some stuff among both the countries (i. e, Pakistan and Sweden)?
    Can I send money to Pakistan?

    1. Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, we focus on recruit, not different laws and regulations concerning money transfers and studies.

  4. hi.am petrus jairus from Namibia, i want your advice which country to study and secure job whiles working..? am a third year electrical and electronic engineering student.

      1. Hi Faisal, the first thing to do when you’re looking into studying abroad is to research the universities in the country and then the visa requirements :) Good luck!

  5. Hi !its me Mohammed Azaz Alam from Kathmandu NEPAL and i want to know about Newzeland for my masters.
    how much difficult to get a job and to survive and how long time i can live their ?
    can i will get PR if yes how long i have to stay ?

  6. Hi
    I’m Andrew Ollo from Nigeria I want to know the country with the most suitable work and schooling policy to study M.sc in Accounting and . I speak English language but I’m open to learning. Thanks

  7. Hi
    I want do accounting studies in UK along with part time. So please advise which universities better to choose.
    How many years I can get Visa permit.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, we do not deal in visas and other permits. IF you would like a part time job in the UK while you work, I recommend using a student job board.

  8. Hi,
    This is Akter hossain from Bangladesh. Would you please tell me something about Netherlands. What about their PR & work permit facilities while studying. Basically I want to go their for MBA course.what would be the coast for Residence and study. Thanks.

    1. Dear Akter, thanks for your comment! Unfortunately, our focus is on job boards, not visas, residence and education. Checking out the recruitment article on Netherlands could be of some help!

  9. Hii My name is kaushik trivedi … I want to know about part time working while study…. Is it possible in Countries like Germany Uk or canada … I am from India…..

    1. Dear Kaushik, yes you can do part time work in those countries but it will depend on your visa. Unfortunately, the Jobboard Finder does not deal in visa information. Goodluck !

  10. Hello, my name is tosin Adeyemo am from Nigeria but am currently in Lebanon but planning to migrate to UK to work and study over there, and to stay there also. please I need more explanations about it, how can I make the steps from Lebanon to UK.

  11. Hi my name is Grace Godwin ,am from Nigeria.I speak English language.I have my secondary school certificate (WAEC)I want to know if I can study and work in any of this country . Australian, Canada ,and Uk .If yes Please guild me on how to go about it. what’s the first step to take?. SECONDARY How to cover up expenses like feeding, Tuition fee, Accommodation. THANKS I HOPE TO GET POSITIVE RESPONSE.

    1. Unfortunately, I cannot answer that question. I would recommend looking on the different government websites in those countries.

  12. Some people can ask weird questions, with all these explanations, they are still asking questions on what have been explained. Among all the questions asked above, I didn’t see any intelligent question.

  13. IN Australia or Canada we can get permanent visa after our studies and Which country is more comfortable to work while studying next is which country is less expensive to study and live

  14. Thank you for sharing countries where I can work while studying! I am intrigued and already want to try it on my own experience!

  15. I want to earn money on part time basis.. As I live in India and unable to earn a good money.. Want to work so I can full-fill my dreams. Please tell me how can I apply or earn the money.

  16. I did my BSC Horns in agriculture plant protection and now I want to do MS in the same field or any related course please tell me best country that I become a good researcher and fullfil my dream I have some money which I saved very Hardy for Ms but not that much stronge financially please tell me the right country for study which is best for my study and I support myself to do job

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  18. I want to work and study in any of those European countries, I’ve been down here in Nigeria without a well paying job please I need an assistant from you.

    1. Maromitan! Where do you want to work? What do you want to study? The first thing you’ll need to look up is the visa requirements, the different universities to apply to and your embassy so that you can start your adventure in a new country. I hope that helps!

  19. Good day,
    My name is Taiwo From Nigeria.
    I want to know which country would be best ( from this 6 countries) for working while studying “Masters degree or Certificate course”. And it will be more helpful if you can tell me whether I can cover up my study and all expenses by doing part time job, and also accommodation?
    Thank you.
    Warm regards,

    1. Hi Talwo, The best person to ask about this would be a university and also your local embassies. They can give you the information regarding the VISAs, the tuition and th available courses in the fields that interest you.

  20. Please goodmorning from Ghana, its now 5:22am here. Please am Holding a Diploma Certificate in Psychiatric and I want to get Scholarship to study abroad for a Degree program.
    Please which country will be a sweetable place for me. Thank You and I hope to hear from You.

    1. Hi Emmanuel! Do you want to work in an Angosaxon country? I would start by researching the different job opportunities thanks to the different job sites, and see which employers respond. They will have a better idea than me about your qualifications. It depends greatly on your current skills.

  21. A good morning madam
    I am Nayiga Asthmathe from Uganda. I have a certificate in primary teaching. I want to have a part time job and even up grade in the the same field in one of those countries.I seek for your advice madam .

    1. If you want to work in one of the countries mentioned in the article, then I recommend using the job boards in the country to find relevant jobs. However, it is important to check local requirements when it comes to teaching in a foreign teaching.

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