In which countries can you work while studying?

You can choose a country for education according to different parameters: the language of instruction, the prestige of the university, the standard of living, educational programs offered by universities or even the climate. Of course, one should not forget about one of the key factors - the financial capabilities of the family. Despite the difficulties faced by students in another country, many of them successfully manage to combine work and study. There are many reasons why students start looking for a way to earn extra money. Of course, the money earned will not be able to cover the rather high prices requested by universities, but the desire to help their parents and invest at least some money in their own future is the main motive when looking for a job.In addition, the majority try to find a job in their specialty: in the future this will play a big role, because such students become the most competitive in the labor market.

We interviewed several children, students and workers around the world. They happily shared their experience, told how difficult it was to find a job, whether it is possible to combine it with study and why it is so important to believe in yourself.

Czech Republic

In the Czech Republic, it is quite easy for an ordinary student to find a part-time job due to the large shortage of labor. Still would! After all, the unemployment rate continues to decline and today is less than 3%, which is caused by the huge flow of foreign investment that fell on the Czech Republic in 2011-2012. Foreign students, as in most European countries, are allowed to work no more than 20 hours a week.

Yuriy Fedinets, Ukraine, student of the Higher School of Economics in Prague (Vysoká Škola Ekonomická v Praze), Czech Republic:

“I work for PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers, an international network of companies based in London, whose main goal is to provide consulting and audit services)intern in the Department of Technology Consulting. In just a week, I have to work 30 hours, no more and no less, pay hourly,and this is being followed closely enough. As a student, I am not supposed to work at night or on weekends or holidays. However, in addition to this, I devote about 2-3 hours a week to self-preparation at home: I fill in the tables and check the data against the graphs.In general, I cannot say that work interferes with my studies, rather, on the contrary, combining both activities, I do not have time to procrastinate - you just become more flexible and spend your time wisely. At first, for about a month, it was quite difficult to get used to such a load, but given my past experience working at a startup and at SAP (an international business software company), it was not difficult for me to adapt to the new work pace. Of course, we worked unevenly on the startup, you can stay awake for two nights and two days, perfecting your business plan, and then do some pleasant idleness for a week. At SAP, everything was a little different: firstly, I worked there only a maximum of 20 hours a week, and, secondly, this was not the last year of my bachelor's degree, as it is now. I have been working since the first year, but I have never worked because of the money, always because of the experience I can get. Plus, in Europe, especially in the Czech Republic and Germany, it is quite easy to get a permanent job if you already have experience in the required industry.I can advise all students to set precise goals for themselves and persist in pursuing them, no matter what ”.


In China, most foreign students find in themselves, albeit temporarily, pedagogical skills. They start teaching in language schools or provide private assistance to other students or even schoolchildren - most often with English. The Chinese themselves value such students even more than actual teachers of foreign languages. And training with such teachers is more expensive: students ask about $ 20 for an hour of individual lessons.

Ivan Komarik, Russia, studies at Shenyang Ligong Daxue University (沈 阳 理工 大学), China:

“There is a lot of work for foreign students in China, first of all - this is connected with the so-called“ cult of foreigners ”. A working foreigner can make a lot of money here, especially if he or she is teaching English to adults or children.It is undesirable for foreign students of Chinese universities to work officially, if they find out, they can be kicked out of the university, citing the fact that you are not focused enough on your studies. However, many manage to get a job as English teachers in kindergartens, become promoters in travel agencies or translators for foreigners. Freelancing is even more widespread than an ordinary part-time job, because with knowledge of the language, you can translate various documents, work with website design. Very often, work can be found in other cities, which, of course, affects the attendance. This is bad. At most universities, attendance is just as important as work in class. Therefore, not many students work in their free time.

Despite such peculiarities of Chinese universities, I can advise all students who want or are already studying here not to be afraid of practice, and also to make friends with the local population, sometimes you can even visit with themseveral bars with all the ensuing consequences ”.


Working in France can be difficult even with a degree. The unemployment rate today is about 10% (when Russia, according to official data, is about 5.8%). Difficult, but not impossible. Many firms and large corporations offer internships for 6 months (the law obliges them to pay interns, although this salary is small).

Foreign students are allowed to work 20 hours a week. A student usually earns about 9 euros per hour, but you should take into account the fact that the state will take tax from the total monthly amountat a rate of 25%. A French citizen has the right to recover a part of this tax, and unfortunately, a foreigner is not given such an opportunity.

Pierre-Adrian Morino, Russia, student of the Higher School of Economic and Commercial Sciences (ESSECBusinessSchool), Paris, France:

“As it probably became clear from my name, I was born into a French family.However, he spent his childhood in Moscow. He also studied in high school there, greedily absorbing the literary works of Russian classics. After finishing eleventh grade, I decided to return to my parents' hometown. Thanks to fate - I never needed money, so I was looking for a job for a very long time. After all, it was exactly getting practice in the area I needed that was the main aspect for me when choosing a job. My university cooperates with a huge number of large and small French and international companies, so already in my second year I easily found myself an internship at L'Oreal, one of the most significant French corporations in the world market. My knowledge of the Russian language also played an important role.In France, especially in Paris, this language is especially revered, because a lot of companies specializing in luxury products are run by Russian businessmen. After a successful internship, I was offered a job in the marketing department, which is where I work to this day.In total, work takes about 9 hours a week. Of course, this does not in any way affect my studies (although I have to live before the session). I really like the work in general, especially the fact that the company is international and about 50% of the people in our department are not French. At first, of course, it was very difficult to adapt to the new team and to the professional language, it seemed to me that everyone speaks some kind of coded dialect. But after a month I have already completely merged into the working environment, I feel here ... what do you call it in Russian? Like a fish in water? To all students who are now looking for work or have already started working, I can advise one thing - to continue to develop in any possible direction, because who knows what will come in handy in life.And, of course, always smile - the Universe will always smile back at you. "

South Korea

In South Korea, a student can work 20 hours a week while studying and an unlimited amount of time on vacation. Wages will vary around $ 20 per hour, however, due to the lack of any specific rights and regulations governing working hours for foreign students, pay also largely depends on the employer and place of work.

Anton, Russia, student at Seoul National University, South Korea.

“I started earning money from school - I handed out flyers, worked in a call center, delivered flowers, etc. Work never interfered with my studies; on the contrary, it taught me to be punctual, plan things, and calculate my strength. When the question of going to university came up, my parents decided that studying abroad would be the best option, so I went to study at Seoul National University, especially as a student of the Faculty of Economics, I could help my father in his business. Of course, like most students, I wanted some kind of independence from my parents, so I tried to earn some money. In Korea, students are allowed to work 20 hours a week, and I used those hours as best I could. At first I worked in a local eatery not so far from the university that it was convenient to get there, then as a sales assistant in a clothing store, but I did not stay long anywhere. In the summer, having a little more time, I got a job as a barista in a coffee shop, made coffee, talked with clients. Of course, I worked more than the allotted time, but it even brought me pleasure. When my studies began, it became more difficult to combine both, I had to switch to part-time work.In fact, anywork has many advantages besides money. The main thing is to improve the language level. When communicating with clients, you will learn how people communicate with each other, using a lot of slang words that will not be discussed in pairs.Being in the atmosphere of the "local" team, you can get to know the city from the inside.Where to buy groceries is cheaper, where to go in the evening and everything that only people who have lived in the city for a long time can tell.It is quite difficult to combine work with study during the examinations, but all the same, this experience will not replace anything ”.

As you can see, students work part-time everywhere, no matter where they come from, whether they have a complete education or not. An important aspect is the ability to manage your time and resources. And yet, personally, we think that it is very important to do what you really like, regardless of how much money you get for it.

2022-01-14 07:17:05
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