Work rules

Non-EU students

Undergraduate

Students with a valid Tier 4 (General) student visa are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week during term time, and full time during vacation times, including the time between the end of your course and the end of your student visa (up to a maximum of four months).

A term-time work placement during your studies is only permitted if it is part of the course and you will get credit for it.

Tier 4 (General) student visa holders may not fill a permanent full-time vacancy, which is viewed as pursuing a career. Furthermore it is not possible for to be self-employed, employed as a doctor in training (other than on a recognised Foundation Programme) or as a professional sportsperson (including coach) or entertainer.

MSc students

MSc students are permitted to work full-time hours during the official College Christmas and Easter vacation times and after the official course end date (normally the last four months of the visa).

PhD students

PhD students are permitted to work full-time hours during the official College Christmas and Easter vacation times and after final corrections to the thesis have been submitted.

For more information please refer to the UKCISA website and our information sheet on Work during studies [pdf]

Under the current working rules for students you may not undertake a paid consultancy role as this would be classified as being self-employed. Please read our information sheet for guidance on the difference between being an employee and being self-employed [pdf].

EU students

For most EU students there are no work restrictions. However there are special rules in place for Croatian nationals.

Any Croatian nationals who intend to do any work during their studies in the UK should apply for a Registration Certificate soon after their course start date as it can take 4-6 months to process. You will not be able to commence working until you have the certificate.

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