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Work Abroad: Where to Earn Money If You Are a Student?

Planning your own budget is a clear sign of adult life, which appears in everyone who goes abroad to study in universities or colleges. Regardless of the chosen specialty, students try to earn extra money to pay for their household expenses, and, in some cases, for costs of studying. So, where to gain money if you need to study hard at the same time?

Work Abroad

Each country has its own working conditions, but all are based on three basic principles:

  • most of the time student must pay attention to studying;
  • students can work both in their specialty and in unskilled jobs;
  • you can earn additionally “on campus” and “off campus”.

United Kingdom – Unexpected Journey

The most popular country among foreign students is guided by the strictest rules regarding the employment of students. If earlier they could work 20 hours a week, today the working hours are reduced to 10. Nevertheless, for such a short time, students still have time to earn extra money because, as you know, all you should have is desire! During the studying in the UK universities, students have a lot of options to realize themselves and make a little money for household expenses.

The Most Popular Jobs

  1. Hourly work in the library. Usually, there are several people in the library who work full-time, and several part-time employees are allocated for the giving and receiving of books, which students can also apply for. Thus, the schedule of work is flexible, and you can combine work with study.
  2. Participation in the projects of the department or faculty. When a department or training center leads a specific project, for example, organizes an international conference, then students are taken to help. Also, students are often attracted to organize a database, decrypt interviews.
  3. Language practice. You can earn money by teaching your native language. For example, in the Oxford Language Center, there are a lot of vacancies for teachers of different languages.
  4. Cooperation with different enterprises. You can, for example, get the status of an enterprise representative in the country of study, and try to facilitate the establishment of business contacts.
  5. Personal contacts. For example, you may nurse the teacher’s cats, while she/he need to go at a scientific conference for 2 months.
  6. Unusual proposals. You may always look through the newspapers for an announcement, for example, some art school may look for models – it is a part-time work too. Also, if there are requests from the university community, you may help in teaching some skills like playing chess or musical instruments.

As we see employment – this is a kind of lottery – you can win a very unexpected version. The average salary of students during their studies is 8-25 pounds sterling per hour.


If we consider employment from the procedural point of view, then during the preparation of documents before going to study in the UK, a special visa is issued, valid for 2 years. If the student wants to stay in the country after graduation and he/she already has an offer from the employer, then the latter applies for a so-called “work permit” to the Home Office of the UK, which indicates the reasons why this employee is needed, and what her/his professional qualities exceed the residents of the country. Typically, such motions are prepared by large international companies, but in connection with the recent crisis, the employment of foreigners is not welcomed and is reduced to a minimum. The exception is representatives of the top management of large firms that travel around the world and work in company offices in different countries, including the UK.

The employment of students, and especially graduates, is of concern to the United Kingdom Border Agency, which has put forward a number of proposals to toughen the entry into the country for studying. These changes may entail a ban on foreign students to work after graduation, but they have not yet been approved.

Working Student

Canada – Loyalty Strictly According to The Rules

After the “strict rules” that reign in the land of the Foggy Albion, Canada will seem like a paradise in terms of employment during study abroad. In this country, everything is clearly spelled out, students can work from the first semester of training in fairly loyal conditions, observing such rules:

  1. A student who works while studying in Canada must be enrolled in a higher education institution as a member of the Work Permit program, on or off campus.
  2. Part-time employment on campus is possible during the first 6 months of studying (maximum 20 hours per week). Students must prove that they have high academic indicators and they are able to cope with their studies in the first place.
  3. Part-time employment on and off campus is possible after 6 months of studying if you have good academic performance.
  4. It is best when proposals for work are related to the specialty received.
  5. After graduating, graduates can work for three years in Canada.

Employment options in Canada are very close to British. Each semester, most colleges and universities prepare students a list of hundreds of proposals for working on and off campus. On the campus, students can work as assistants in the departments, libraries, computer classes, engage in research and work in the gyms. Variants of work outside the university affect such industries as tourism, trade, and services. The average salary of students during their studies is 8,80 – 11 Canadian dollars per hour (remuneration of labor largely depends on the location of the employer).

Switzerland – The Hotelier Ordered to Work

The majority of students, who go to study in Switzerland, choose programs related to hotel management, as in this country they are preparing the best specialists for the HoReCa segment. If, when going abroad for study, students are thinking about whether to work or not, then everything is already clear in Switzerland – working practice is included in the educational process.

For example, one of the main partners of the agency DEC education, the Hotel Institute Montreux has developed a curriculum so that the first part of the study involves lecturing and attending practical classes, and the second part of the studying is a pure practice in hotels. During the classes, HIM students practice on the basis of the infrastructure of the two operating hotels – Hotel Europe and Hotel Miramonte, and when they gain experience they apply to work in other hotels where they pass their first practice and receive a salary in Swiss francs.

The average salary of students during their studies is 8-18 Swiss francs per hour. During 4-6 months of practice, the student can earn from 1,500 to 2,500 Swiss francs a month that allows them to cover the costs of studying. However, we must not forget – from the aforementioned sums, we take away about 1.000 Swiss francs for accommodation, which students, in most hotels, cover on their own.

Work in Library

Australia – here do not disdain the first work for the sake of experience

When you walk around Australia, you involuntarily pay attention to the ubiquitous tablets that read: “Carefully snakes!”, “Sharks! Bathing is prohibited!”,” Beware of alligators!” Here, like anywhere else in the world, there are plenty of exotic things. However, this does not stop the students, but rather intrigues and they choose Australian universities for quality education and the opportunity to get the first working experience in another country. Here students can work 20 hours per week during the academic semester and full-time on vacation. The work permission is already included in the visa and you do not need to obtain it separately.

First Experience

Students who do not have work experience (studying at junior courses of bachelor’s programs or on preparatory programs in college) work as waiters, shop sellers, and similar positions. Masters, who, as a rule, already have work experience or at least internships, work on their specialty on projects or on assistant positions. It is not difficult to find a job and it does not take much time. The University has its own database of vacancies, and if difficulties arise, you can consult with the coordinators. Students who already have experience as part-time workers are advised not to disdain the first job in order to demonstrate their achievements during subsequent proposals from employers.

If the student works on a permanent basis for the same employer, then the salary is revised upwards, certainly not very large, but once a quarter. The most popular work off-campus is a waiter in a restaurant (salary in Brisbane, in the city center, AUD 20 per hour + tip), and consultant in the clothing store (popular brand – 19.7 Australian dollars per hour on weekdays, + 50% on weekends, + 100% on holidays from sales and discounts on products.) Of course, if you are fond of sports you always can become an instructor on yachting or surfing. The average salary of students during their studies is 20-24 Australian dollars per hour.


If we draw a line under our tour on the possible alternatives for students in different countries, we can trace a few clear trends:

  1. In all countries, there is a different attitude to the earnings of students, but in general, it is loyal – the main thing is that the work must not reflect on academic achievement.
  2. Salaries, which students receive, can compensate only for household expenses related to living, food, transportation, entertainment.
  3. It all depends on the student – if there is a desire to work and gain experience, as practice has shown, there are no barriers on the way to employers!

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