Student Part Time Jobs


Working while studying will help you to gain experience in a very different environment from that of the classroom. It can also be a great way to help you with the cost of living and also gain work experience in your field of study.

However, students must be careful that this part-time work does not interfere with their study program. If you have a lot of heavy commitment towards your study, assignments or group work, you may not want to take on work as it will cause you extra stress.

But working part time can add an entirely new dimension to your student life. You’ll meet new people, learn new skills and discover your own hidden talents. It could be the highlight of your study abroad experience.

How to find a job?

All universities / colleges have a careers office, which regularly posts employment vacancies. The local industry and employers generally recruit students for part-time work from here. In addition to this the careers office will also prepare you with resume writing skills and give you an update on the opportunities and where to find them.

Other options of finding jobs are thru local community news papers and networking. Students will have to meet people, go and personally drop resumes at various spots which can include local service stations, fast food joints, restaurants and other business establishments. Good communication and English speaking skills help a lot. Talk in a friendly matured manner and meet the managers and other crew. Give them an opinion that you are a fast learner and will work to the best of your ability.

Most countries have a minimum wage that all employers must stick to, even if you’re a casual part-time shift worker. You may be paid weekly, fortnightly or monthly, and usually as a direct deposit into your bank account. You will pay the tax out of your salary, and you should register for a local tax number.

What are the popular part time jobs for students?

Popular part-time jobs for students include the following:

  • Retail — any kind of store that sells goods to customers, from clothing to electronics. It could be a small store, a chain of stores or a large department store.
  • Hospitality — employers include cinemas, restaurants, bars, hotels, takeaway food stores and sporting venues.
  • Services — employers include supermarkets, petrol stations, call centres and various businesses requiring administration work, cleaners, gardeners, delivery drivers etc .
  • Industry — if you are lucky, you might be able to gain employment that is related to the field you are studying (for example, a media student might be able to work part time assisting at a local publisher , local television or radio station)

Work at the University

Working on campus at the university you are enrolled in is one of the most popular options for international students. In some countries, such as the USA, the only work available to international students during their first year of undergraduate studies is working within the university. University employment is not just for academics, there are . countless types of jobs available from working in the writing centre, as a teaching assistant, in the cafeteria, to computer centres. Another on-campus option is working for a students’ union. This is a good opportunity to get involved in current issues and to help other students at the university. You must be aware that on campus jobs are usually very competitive as many students apply for the same and only the best candidates will succeed.

Note: We advise students not to depend on part-time work for their expenses. It is very important for students to concentrate on their studies before looking for work

The rules and regulations of student work vary from country to country and could change at any time. It is worth checking with the institution and the embassy before.

A quick overview of the rules in each destination are covered below:


Most students studying a full time course are to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during semester. During semester breaks students are allowed to work unlimited hours. CLICK HERE for more details


Students studying at an authorised designated organisation in Canada, such as a Canadian university, community college, publicly funded trade or technical school, or a private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degree may work for up to 20 hours per week during term time and full time during academic holidays. CLICK HERE for more details


Students holding a valid immigration stamp 2 permission will be permitted to work 40 hours per week only during the months of June, July, August and September and from 15th December to 15th January inclusive. At all other times students holding Immigration permission Stamp 2 will be limited to working 20 hours per week. CLICK HERE for more details

United Kingdom

All undergraduate and postgraduate level international students studying full time on a Tier 4 visa are currently permitted to work a maximum of 20 hours each week during term time, with no limit during vacations. CLICK HERE for more details

United States

F1 student visa holders cannot work in any off campus employment during the first year of their studies. This means students can accept on-campus employment at their university only and that too up to 20 hours per week. However, in the case of holidays, summer sessions and vacations a student can work full time for 40 hours per week. Students are not allowed to work off-campus in their first academic year. CLICK HERE for more details

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