Careers Service


Working during study

Gaining work experience whilst you study through a part-time job, vacation placement or internship will help you develop skills to add to your CV. UK and international employers value the range of transferable skills and commercial awareness which you can gain through work experience in addition to academic qualifications.

We can help you to explore your options for working during your studies, find opportunities and make successful applications.

Can I work during study?

Most international students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during term time and full time during vacations, but there are different rules about working during summer for postgraduate students. There are also some restrictions on the type of work you can do.

It is important to check your visa conditions to confirm if you can work during your studies. Full details about conditions for work during study on Tier 4 visas are available on the Student Immigration Team website:

How do I find a part-time job, internship or work experience?

International Talent scheme

Find jobs and work experience using your language skills in Manchester

Our International Talent scheme provides opportunities for jobs and work experience requiring language skills and/or international experience in Greater Manchester. We work with organisations to source hundreds of paid jobs in a variety of sectors and employers, from start-ups through to multi-national firms. Find out how to search and apply for International Talent vacancies on CareersLink and sign up for our International Talent newsletter.

Applying for a National Insurance Number

International students who are looking for paid work in the UK will need to apply for an NI number. It is free to apply and applications should be made by phone to the National Insurance Number application line.