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Best Countries To Work While You Study

Posted on April 22, 2014
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Switzerland: The Swiss Government has interesting norms for international students compared to other countries. The country gives much more importance to academics and its further progress than employment. International students hailing from non-EU/EFTA countries who are studying in Switzerland are permitted to accept part-time employment for a maximum of 15 hours per week, but that is only after residing in Switzerland for a minimum of six months.

To add on to that the students are required to maintain full-time student status and show regular progress in their studies. However, students holding a Bachelor’s degree or higher from a university abroad and working for their Swiss university institute are not entitled to follow this norm.

The U.S.The American government has tighter norms when it comes to studies and leaning for international students. International students in the U.S. who are recognized as F1 visa holders are not allowed to do off-campus jobs in the first year of their studies, unless there is special permissions given by the Designated School Officials. If at all any circumstances arises, the U.S. government under Citizenship and Immigration Services has the authority to grant permission to students to work off-campus after a year of study.

But if students want to do that there are certain norms they have to follow, i.e., they can work on-campus without permission from USCIS for up to 20 hours a week during regular sessions and 40 hours a week during extended holidays, breaks and summer sessions.

Australia: In comparison to other counties in the list, the Australian government has flexible norms for International students who are coming to work and learn. International students in Australia are permitted to work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight during their academic sessions, and unlimited hours during breaks and vacations. There is also no restriction for postgraduate research students, or students working for a philanthropic and unpaid work if registered as part of the course.

Canada: The Canadian Government has the best possible study infrastructure as well as the employment opportunities compared to any other countries in the world.International students studying at a public university, a community college, or technical school are authorized to confer degrees and allowed to work on the campus of the institution they are attending without any work permit. Students are also given the provision to work for the institution itself, or for a private business located on the campus. The country has also eased out the Off-Campus Work Permit Programme, and international students can work part-time during regular academic sessions for 20 hours a week and full-time during scheduled breaks, such as winter and summer holidays, and spring break.

14 April 2014

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