When you’re studying abroad, a part-time job can make it easier to pay your bills, fund your travel or just make it easier to have fun on weekends without worrying about your student loans. It’s also a fantastic way of digging into the local culture, making new friends, and generally broadening your horizons. You may even pick up a new language or two.
Some countries are not so easy to work in while you study abroad. Italy, for instance, makes it very difficult in this respect. In China, you have to run through hoops and obtain permission from several sources before you can work. And we don’t advise working unofficially, because the repercussions are often serious if you’re caught doing so.
Countries like the United States will only allow you to work on-campus while you’re on your F-1 student visa. As long as you are happy working as a teaching assistant or research assistant at college, a part-time fitness instructor at the university’s fitness centre, a library assistant, a daycare assistant, etc., you could consider the US.
Some other countries have more relaxed rules for students. Here is a look at the top cities around the world to earn while you study abroad.
In the US, campus jobs typically pay minimum wages ranging from $7.25 to $13.25 an hour, depending on which city you’re in. The District of Columbia, for instance, has the highest minimum wage at the moment. Cheney in Washington may be the best city to work your way through college. Statistics show students can make nearly $9000 a year working just 15 hours a week. It also helps that the tuition at Eastern Washington University is lower than many others.
London is a popular destination for students to study abroad, if expensive. But if you look in the right places, you can find a job that will make your money last longer in a city full of attractions, good food and culture.
The UK allows you to work while you’re studying as long as you’re studying longer than 6 months and have a Tier 4 student visa. You can work between 10 to 20 hours a week when classes are in session. During vacation, you can work up to 40 hours. How many hours you can work will be printed on your BRP or visa sticker.
As far as part-time earnings go on an hourly basis, it depends on the job. In tutoring, sales advisory jobs, or working at Amazon, McDonald’s’ or other cafes and shop floors, you’ll probably make between 7 to 13 GBP an hour.
A job as a delivery rider for companies like Deliveroo can make you up to 16 GBP an hour if you’ve got a vehicle and a smartphone. Babysitting and dog-walking could make you about 8 GBP an hour. Paid internships on an average are about 22,000 GBP a year.
London is not going to be the most lucrative city for a student, but if you can bag one of the top-paying internships, you can earn more than the typical American makes in a month.
Paris has ranked top student city several times in the past. Low tuition fees, history and culture, fun student life and excellent placements and internships make it very popular with students.
If you have a residency card and are studying in an institution that has access to Social Security, you can work up to 20 hours a week. However, you must pay 20 per cent in taxes. Check out job boards or ask around for babysitting jobs and tutoring jobs, some of the most popular, and you can easily make between 5 to 6 euros an hour.
Jobs in translation, telemarketing, language teaching, video game testing, software testing etc. will pay at various rates depending on the job.
Cosmopolitan Melbourne is a popular city for international students in Australia. Besides the hip culture, modern ambience and world-class food, the city also has some top educational institutions. Your student visa will let you work up to 20 hours a week while classes are in session.
During breaks, you can work as long as you want. Make sure, however, that your visa allows you to work. Also, check out the minimum wage set by the government for the industry to which you’re applying.
The highest paying part-time jobs include cab driving, security guard positions, telemarketing, support staff in public hospitals, etc. where you can make anywhere between $29 to $50 an hour. Construction work can start at $25 an hour. Farming, though tough, is good for the body and the soul and can make you about $4000 to $5000 in two months.
Toronto is a fantastic city for students. It is one of the most liveable cities in the country. It also ties with Montreal as Canada’s cultural capital. There’s good food, art and fashion, history and a lot of creativity to indulge in after classes in Toronto. It’s also home to a large international business sector and top universities like the University of Toronto.
To help meet your expenses in the city, you could always get a job where employers give you additional benefits like tuition reimbursement, health coverage, flexible schedules, etc.
You do need a work permit to earn while you study abroad, but it’s not difficult to obtain. You can work as long as you want on-campus. Off-campus, you are restricted to 20 hours a week.
There is a variety of job options available to you in Toronto. You could work as a freelance translator and make anywhere between $14 to $55 an hour in Canada. If you want a flexible schedule, own a smartphone and a reliable vehicle, you could become a rideshare driver and make between $15 to $30 an hour.
Waiting on tables is very popular here since, besides the minimum wage, you can do well on tips too. Expect at least $20 an hour. If you’re good at content editing, you could make between $40 and $60 an hour. Tutoring privately can make you between $30 and $60. As a web designer, you could earn between $20 and $150 or more depending on your skill and the job!
Other positions could include fitness instructors, music teacher, social media assistant, dog walker, online researcher, grant analyst, cafe worker, etc.
Berlin is an excellent place to study and live in. It’s young, vibrant, multi-cultural, stylish, historical and with a lot of cultures to dig into. Germany also has some of the lowest unemployment rates in the world. There are plenty of jobs to go around for students, on campus and off it.
If you’re from the EU, then you get to work up to 20 hours a week while classes are in session. For non-EU students, the conditions are a little different. As long as you’re not a language student, you can work full-time while you study abroad for a period of 120 days a year, or 240 days at a part-time job. Of course, your full-time work will only be possible during vacations.
Note that this includes unpaid internships (except mandatory internships.) Also, you can’t work freelance or be self-employed. Research assistant or student assistant jobs won’t eat into your work credit, however. Just make sure to inform the Alien Registration Office about the type of work you’ve chosen.
These conditions don’t matter so much because you can make as much as 450 euros a month in Berlin as a student (or 5 to 15 euros an hour), without having to pay taxes. With the cost of living in Berlin a lot cheaper than other European cities, this money can go a long way towards funding your stay or leisure.
Students often find work and paid internships with top employers like SAP, Pfizer, LEGO, Daimler, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Amazon, etc. in business districts like Potsdamer Platz and Alexanderplatz. Other popular jobs include support staff at bars, restaurants, cafes, English tutors, and well-paying industrial production assistant jobs.
This list is by no means exhaustive, but a launching point for your research into potential cities to study in. There is a world of opportunities out there if you look.