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?

It is important to check your visa to confirm if you can work during your studies. 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. 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?

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.

How else can I get experience during study?

In addition to paid work, there are a variety of other ways you can get experience and develop skills, such as volunteering, mentoring, joining societies and getting involved in extra-curricular activities.