Working During your Studies in the UK

Most International (non-EU) students who have permission to study in the UK are allowed to work. Students attending a degree level course or above and those attending a foundation degree course are usually allowed to work no more than 20 hours per week in term time and full time in vacation periods. You do not need to apply for permission to work.

Students attending a course below degree level are allowed to work no more than 10 hours per week in term time and full time in vacation periods.

Please check your entry clearance certificate/residence permit to make sure that it allows you to work.

What type of work?

Students can do most type of work paid or unpaid. They cannot:

  • engage in business or self employment,
  • work as a professional sportsperson, a sports coach or an entertainer;
  • take up a full time permanent vacancy.

Please note: If you are in the UK on a student visa, voluntary work counts towards your 20 hours per week term time working limit. If you have a student visitor visa, you cannot do voluntary work, as your visa prohibits all work, paid or unpaid.

Students are allowed to work full time on work placements provided the placement is no more than 50% of the course.

Students are allowed to work full time once their studies have been completed and are waiting for examination results provided they still have valid leave to remain in the UK as a student.

After successfully completing the course if you are applying to stay in the UK under the Points Based System, you can work full time until your application is decided. But you are not allowed to take full time permanent post.

Please note: You must make any application for variation of leave before your leave to remain in the UK as a student expires.

International (non-EU) students are not allowed to take a year out (gap year) to work during their period of study.

Important: Students must not breach any conditions (including permitted work) attached to their stay as it is considered to be a criminal offence under the immigration rules. If you breach any conditions it may jeopardise your future application and you could be liable to removal or deportation from the UK.

For detailed information on working during your studies please see the UKCISA website.