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International students

When we use the term 'international student' we are referring to those students who have come to study at Kingston from non-EU countries. If you are an EU student this advice will not apply to you.

Visa advice

Visas can be complicated and confusing. If you're not sure what you are allowed to do when it comes to working, make sure you consult the International Student Advisory Centre. Please note, we are unable to give visa advice to students.

You can also refer to the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) as they have lots of great advice for international students around living and working in the UK.

Working in the UK

Part time

If you've got the right to work in the UK you can apply for part-time jobs in the usual way. Have a look at the part-time work section to discover the different places to look for part-time work.

You need to make sure that you have a National Insurance number. Make sure you visit the National Insurance section.

When you graduate

Finding work after you graduate can be difficult for international students. Without the right visa, you can't take up full-time permanent work in the UK.

Again, the UKCISA website has comprehensive information on working after you complete your studies.

The Home Office (PDF) has information on companies who have a license to sponsor international migrants. The companies on this list may have recruited international graduates in the past but may not necessarily currently have roles available. Please just use this list as a resource into researching the roles some of these companies may have available.

Returning home to work

Lots of students come to the UK to study towards a qualification to take back to their home country to use. If this is your plan, here are some things to think about:

  • Make sure you get back in touch your networks at home, ready for your return. People you know will often keep an eye out for jobs and companies if they know you are looking. Don't just keep it in the family – speak to old school friends, old employers and other networks too.
  • Research into local recruitment agencies for your area – remember the same rules apply, try to keep it specific to your industry.
  • Look at international companies based in the UK who have branches in your home country.
  • Make sure you use LinkedIn. It's a great way to warm up people without having to meet them face to face.

Global opportunities

Have a look at the working abroad section for some useful resources on working in other countries.

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