Ask Anna – What do I need to know about working whilst studying?

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Question: “What do I need to know about working whilst studying?”Ask Anna about working while you study
Answer:
I’ve put together this quick guide for you…
Australia:
International students who are granted an Australian student visa automatically receive a work visa. This allows you to work 20 hours per week in part-time employment during term time and full time during the holidays.
All people working in Australia have basic work rights. Things you should know:

  • You need a tax file number from the Australian Tax Office (ATO)
  • Laws in Australia provide minimum pay and conditions under the National Employment Standards (NES) depending on the job – minimum wage is $15.51 per hour
  • Know your workplace rights
UK:
International students who are granted a UK student visa can also receive a work visa. This allows you to work 10-20 hours per week in part-time employment during term time and full time during the holidays.
Things you should know:

  • Work rules for international students changed on 4 July 2011
  • Up to 20 hours per week if you are studying at degree level or above OR you are on a study abroad program at a recognised higher education institution
  • Up to 10 hours per week if you are studying at below degree level at a recognised higher education institution OR you are studying at any public-funded further education college OR if you have a Tier 4 (Child) Student visa
  • When you receive your passport sticker or biometric residence permit check what it says and do not work more than the hours it states
  • You can do a work placement as part of your study if it is less than 50% of the course and is assessed as part of the course
  • You can not be self employed, work as a sports person or entertainer
  • Students from within the EU do not need permission to work in the UK
USA:
USA Immigration does not allow international students and their spouses on F student visas to work off campus during their studies. On-campus work is limited to 20 hours per week and 40 hours per week during holidays. Things you should know:

  • Opportunities to work on-campus are limited and competition is tough
  • Wages are at the lower end of the scale
  • You need permission to work on-campus from the international student office
  • 10-15 hours work per week might cover books, clothing and entertainment but will never cover accommodation or tuition fees
  • People working in developing countries can apply for financial aid for graduate studies in the US through the Humphrey Fellowship
  • MBA students can apply to work off-campus in the second year for up to 20 hours per week. Work must be directly related to their field of study and be approved

Depending on where you study, there may be part-time work available in retail, hospitality, sales, market research, office administration, call centres and on campus. Remember, you must have enough money to cover your living costs and tuition fees before arriving to study. Please do not rely on getting part-time work to fund your studies.
Finally, wherever you find work – know your work rights.
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