Most international students in the UK are allowed to work for up to 20 hours a week in term-time (more during vacations). Read on for resources and support from Careers and Placements about looking for part-time work.
* Note: Course requirements for Masters and PhD students are different; if you are a postgraduate the 20 hours per week maximum is likely to apply throughout the year.
Some international students look for a placement or an internship in the UK.
A placement (placement year or year in industry) usually lasts between 9 and 12 months, and is accredited as part of your degree. If your course does not include an integrated placement year, you may be able to join the University of York's Placement Year programme - but you will need to check first that you can extend your Student visa.
An internship is a shorter period of paid work experience, lasting from a few weeks to a few months. Employers often recruit students to do an internship in the summer vacation before their final year at university, but the University of York's Student Internship Bureau has paid internships available to all year groups.
Find out more about placements and internships on our work experience page.
You may be hoping to get a job related to your course of study, or based on your previous work experience in your home country (particularly if you are a postgraduate student). This may not be easy to find when you need part-time work to fit round your timetable, and you may not get your perfect job immediately. But remember, all opportunities can help you develop skills, and understand more about British culture and business - which should benefit you in the future.
Some students at York are studying on a degree programme which includes a year in industry. Other students may apply for the Placement Year programme offered by Careers and Placements, which is for students who are not already registered on a year in industry course. A placement year will give you valuable experience and could improve your chances of getting a graduate job at the end of your course.
If you want to consider a placement year, and are not already registered on a course which includes this, you should first contact the University's Immigration Advice Team to discuss your visa options. Extending your course to do a placement year would mean extending your visa also, and you should investigate this before expressing an interest in the Placement Year programme.
Who to contactCareers and Placements
- Harewood Way, University of York, York, YO10 5DD
- Students and York graduates can contact us or book an appointment via Handshake
- Tel: +44 (0)1904 332685
- Term time: Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
- Vacation opening times vary - please check the opening times page