Working while studying abroad

Ever dream of studying abroad? Sounds exciting, and being able to work while you study can really help cover the costs of tuition, travel, housing, and living expenses. As a matter of fact, there are countries that allow international students to work part-time while attending school.

Students engaging in part-time jobs are very common everywhere and many students are doing it.  Working while studying is a smart decision because it will add that much-needed extra money to your bank account and will also provide a unique experience at the same time. This is worth doing as it can help complement your overall international experience. You will also start to realize the benefits of being completely independent. You will also feel more confident as you meet new people, all while building the connections and experience that could make you stand out when you look for employment in the future.

Check out our article “Tips on how to balance your studies and work opportunities” to have an in-depth view of how to juggle both working and studying without sacrificing any of the two.

Read on to learn about some countries where you can work while studying abroad!


If Australia is your study abroad destination, you will be allowed to work up to 40 hours every two weeks while you are and unlimited hours during holiday breaks. Australia has a considerably wide range of industries with part-time work available, including retail, hospitality, agricultural, sales, and administration. 


Most international students in Canada can work for up to 20 hours per week, and full-time during scheduled breaks, without a work permit. International students in Canada with a study permit who are enrolled full-time in a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), can work off-campus without a work permit. This means you can work for any employer in any occupation anywhere in Canada. International students can also work on campus if they wish.

New Zealand

New Zealand student visas usually allow full-time students to work up to 20 hours a week during the academic year and up to 40 hours a week during the summer break. This applies to both secondary school and tertiary students. Research master’s and Ph.D. students can work 40 hours a week all year round. 

It is no doubt that working while Studying abroad definitely helps you greatly during your stay.  It is important also to know some specific rules for that specific country. You also have to understand your right as an employee and be aware of how to find paid work. Now, if you are ready to experience both working while studying abroad. Talk to us! MEI can guide you through your International study journey. 


By: Jane Balaong


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