Are you interested in earning a little extra spending money or improving your CV while studying in the UK? If so, it is important to be fully aware of what you can and cannot do on your student visa in regards to working in the UK.
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How many hours can a full-time student work in the UK?
During term time, international students can work for a maximum of:
- 20 hours a week if you are studying at undergraduate or masters level at a higher education institution
- 20 hours a week if you are on a study abroad programme at an "overseas higher education institution" in the UK
- 10 hours a week if you are studying a course that is below degree (college or English programme) level at an HEI
Your work conditions, including the maximum hours you can work during term-time, are normally printed on your visa sticker or Biometric Residence Permit.
- How is a week defined?
Immigration rules define a week as a "period of 7 days beginning with a Monday". If you have irregular hours or more than one employer, it is up to you to keep detailed records so that you are not in danger of invalidating your visa restrictions.
- How is term time defined?
Each higher education institution has clearly defined semesters throughout the academic year, including specific breaks for holidays such as Christmas, Easter and summer. During these breaks, you can work full-time at your job if you wish. Since 2014, employers have a legal obligation to check your term dates before you can start work.
Best part-time jobs for international students
The benefits of working part-time include additional spending money, improving your English and acquiring key skills which will benefit your future and CV. If you are interested in finding part-time work in the UK, there are a variety of different options to choose from.
Jobs such as a coffee shop barista or a clothing sales assistant are easy to find, especially in larger cities such as London, Birmingham and Manchester, but why not enquire with your school about available roles? Many institutions have positions readily available for students, and it looks great on your CV as well!
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