Study and Work Abroad

As an international student, you can work according to the conditions of your student visa.

Working while studying abroad helps with:

  • funding your studies;
  • learning more about the culture of the country you are in; and
  • getting a professional job and staying in the country after graduating.

Work opportunities by country

Work options for international students vary greatly by country.

  • Every English-speaking country allows some scope for student visa holders to do part time work.
  • However, the conditions vary from relaxed to highly restrictive.

Australian and New Zealand

International students in Australia are free to pursue part-time work of up to 40 hours per fortnight. New Zealand has a similar arrangement, except that it is 20 hours per week and you need to apply for a variation in visa conditions.


Canada allows students to work on campus up to 20 hours per week but students need to apply for a work permit to be employed off campus.

United Kingdom

The UK has detailed arrangements that mainly allow students of higher degrees in non-private institutions to work part time. Other students face restrictions or are not allowed to work.

United States

The USA has the strictest conditions. Employment is essentially limited to on-campus jobs.

Immigration by international students

After studying and graduating, international students have a range of options for staying under a work permit.

A student visa is not a guaranteed way of obtaining a work permit and/or permanent residence in a foreign country. However, there are direct and indirect immigration advantages from studying abroad. These vary by country.

You are generally in a good position to emigrate if you (i) complete a higher level qualification and (ii) receive a job offer by the time you graduate.