There are hundreds of jobs and work experience opportunities for students and graduates in London. As an international student you can work for up to 20 hours a week while studying.
Working While Studying
If you study a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree course, international students are allowed to work part-time during term for up to 20 hours a week and full-time during the holidays. If your course is a lower level then you can work for up to 10 hours a week.
There are no working restrictions for students from the European Union (EU).
Find Part-time Student Jobs in London
There are thousands of part-time student jobs in London to help support your studies. Many universities have work placement centres to help you find employment. You can also search online at:
Tip - A part-time job will earn you additional money and give you vital extra skills, such as teamwork – great for your CV.
Working in the UK After Graduation
London has eight universities in the top ten UK universities with the best starting salaries for graduates. As a global city, London has fantastic links with blue-chip companies in all industries. The city's universities have some of the highest graduate employment rates in the UK. Whether you return home or stay in the UK, a London degree will boost your CV and make you stand out in a crowd.
Non-EU Students and Work Visas
All non-EU students who wish to remain in the UK after they have graduated must apply for a work visa from the UK Border Agency. There are three main visas you can apply for as a London graduate:
- Tier 2 (General) Visa. This is primary visa to remain and work in the UK after your studies. It is open to recent graduates with a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD from a recognised UK university. Before you apply you must have an offer of a skilled job from a licensed employer and be paid a salary of at least £20,000.
- Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa is open to students who are in the process of developing a world-class innovative idea. This visa allows you stay in the UK and develop your business. To qualify as an entrepreneur you must be sponsored by your university.
- Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa is for world-leading talent in the fields of science, engineering and the arts.
Find out more about UK student visas and the latest changes on the UK Border Agency website.