Work while studying in abroad [ rules and regulations for students]

This post describes about rules and regulations in Singapore, Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, America, Australia, Canada and New Zealand for foreign students who wish to work while studying

It is usual for students who study abroad, to work in that country to manage their day-to-day expenses from that income. But, it is essential for the student to know what rules and regulations they abide in each country.

The main objective of this article is to educate students who wish to study abroad in future about the various rules and regulations that have to be followed in each country, for working while studying. Hence, a prior knowledge will facilitate the students in future. The details are as follows:


International students who are studying in Singapore, are permitted to work only when they possess “WORK PASS”.

Certain institutions are exceptional from this procedure only when the students are above 14 years and are in their vacation time.


Foreign students who pursue their Bachelor degree courses and other higher courses, can work for 20 days during their term time and on holidays they are permitted to work full time. Foreign students who join courses below these degree courses are permitted to work only for 10 days during their term time.


A foreign student is permitted to work as many hours as he/she pleases, only when he is studying in an institution that comes under the National Students Welfare Scheme. At the same time, a foreign student who comes from a country who is non-member of European Countries Union should possess a valid RESIDENCY PERMIT. The France government permits a foreign student to work for 964 hours per year.


Foreign students, from non-member countries of European Countries Association are permitted to work 120 full days or 240 half days.

The student need not get any special permission from the German authorities. At the same time, students who wish to work more than the number of permitted days should get permission from the Employment Office and External Affairs Department of Germany. Also, these students are not given permission to do any self-employed business or to work as a freelancer. At the same time, if the work is for the student’s educational purpose or for their day-to-day expense, they are permitted to work without any time limits.


Foreign students who come from countries outside the EEA and who are declared eligible by the Educational and Science Ministry are permitted to carry out casual works, only when they are pursuing full-time courses, that extend to a minimum span of less than a year.

Casual works are those that permit a working period of 20 hours during term-time and full-time work during holidays.


An international student who possess an EDUATIONAL VISA and if he/she is going to stay in Italy for more than 90 days, then it is essential that they possess a RESIDENCE PERMIT.

Any international student who possess a residence permit can do their part time work for 20 hours per week, equal to an Italian citizen.


International students from a country, which is a member of European Union of Countries and EETA, can do their part time work for minimum 15 hours per week. But they are allowed to work only after they reside for 6 months in this country.

Also, the student has to present a full-time student presence and has to show constant improvement in their studies. At the same time, a student who has a bachelor degree from another country, has passed a Masters degree in SWIZTERLAND and is working for an institution in the same country, need not wait for 6 months to be permitted to work.


Foreign students who possess F1 visa and are pursuing their first year in any Educational Institution are not permitted to work outside the institution. But if the student is permitted to work by the campus authorities he can work part time.

Under special circumstances, the USCIS permits students to work outside the institution only after a year5 of study. For the student to work within the campus of the institution, it is not essential to get the permission of USCIS.

Through this, a student can for 20 hours per week on regular days and on extended holidays and vacations they can work for 40 hours per week.


According to this country, every International Student can work for 40 hours for every 15 days. At the same time there is no time bar for working during holidays and vacations.

At same time, there is no time bar for students who are in the Master Research Area. Likewise, there is no time bar for people who are working for non- income, funding TRUSTS and also for students who pursue courses that have internships as a part of their study.


International Students who study in open universities, LEGEP Educational Institutions, and technical funded institutions or else degree serving private Institutions, etc. are permitted to work inside the campus without any work permit.

The student can work for any specified educational institution or any trading company that operates within the campus. At the same time, if the student wishes to outside the campus, he can work for 20 hours per week on regular days and can work full time on summer and winter vacations and extended holidays.


In the case of New Zealand, for international students there are various rules and regulations that have to be abided by, for doing a part time work and they are classified only for certain students, who are divided according to their type and nature of students. They are as follows:

  • Students who pursue a minimum 2 year full time course or in a private educational institutions or a 3rd level educational institutions. At the same time, they have to satisfy the rules and regulations laid by the visa authorities.

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