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Working during your studies

Working during your studies

If you are international student studying at BU, you will probably want to work while you are here.

We have put together this section so you know the number of hours you can work and to tell you about things like National insurance and Tax.

How many hours can you work?

If you have a Student visa, you should be aware that there are very strict rules about the number of hours you are allowed to work. You must check your visa to see if you are allowed to work and also the maximum number of hours you can do. During term time you will be restricted to work the number of hours per week that is written on your visa. The maximum working hours per week rule is very strict and you will be breaking the rules of your visa if you work more than you are allowed during term time. If you work too many hours, the UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) can cancel your visa and refuse any future visa applications for up to ten years. During your officially confirmed university vacations, unless your visa conditions say otherwise, you will be allowed to work full-time.

Postgraduate students

As a postgraduate student, you cannot start working full-time as long as you are still writing your dissertation. You may not need to go to classes any more but you are expected by BU and UKVI to be writing your dissertation and therefore this is not considered to be a vacation.

National Insurance (NI) and tax

Once you find a part-time job, you need to apply for a NI number. When you get paid, you may have NI and Tax deductions from your pay. To apply for a National Insurance number visit the website.

Questions your employer may have about your immigration status

If a company does not recruit many international students, they may not know about the working rules for Student visas. If your employer has any questions, they can look at the UKVI website for employers and the UKCISA website about working in the UK.

Careers & employability advice

Careers advice and job hunting support is available throughout your time at BU and after you graduate (up to 3 years from when your course ends). Visit our dedicated International Students page in MyCareerHub.

Students in the Student Centre

Student Route visa

While you are studying at BU this section explains what you need to do to apply for your visa.

Immigration and visas

Immigration and visas

Get advice about your visa application and find the answers to a range of immigration-related questions.