Tips on How to Successfully Work and Study as an International Student

Combining work and study may not really be easy as one may think. What is important is making sure both sides are balanced.

High tuition fees of colleges and universities with flexible study options can lead students into searching for jobs so they can take care of expenses.

Sadly, some schools, faculties and institutions discourage students from engaging in work and study situation.They believe it will make the student less attentive to his academic pursuits, thereby making him suffer academically.

Students with the opportunity to work and study at the same time, should consider the following pros and cons:




  • You won’t worry about tuition fees


A good job is a great way to avoid debt and pay for your fees. With the proper salary you are able to offset the cost of your tuition and focus on other priorities and even save extra. Dropping out of school won’t be necessary.


  • Able to keep your current job


You will avoid the stress of having to find employment in the future. At the same time, a good college degree is a good addition to your CV and could result in a promotion.Better still, upon completion of your course and you wish to stay back and work a visa extension will be granted.


  • Gain more work experience


The extra years of employment may open the way to better job opportunities and more advanced study programs that require extensive work experience.


  • Develop new set of skills


Knowledge gained from your program and the demands of combining study and work will play an important role in your personal and professional development.




  • Time for job hunting


If you are not already employed now, you’ll have to spend time and effort submitting applications and taking interviews. You may find this to be challenging.


  • More stress, less energy


This is especially true during exams or when asked to meet important deadlines. This great deal of work might affect your grades.


  • Work and Study Clashing


You should be prepared for this. Unseen events may interfere with your schedule, such as an unplanned important business meeting, working overtime or extra school work.


  • Less Time for School Activities


A great part of university life is creating new contacts  and building a professional network for the future. Well, your job may well interfere with your social life/

If after weighing both sides of the coin and you think working while studying is for you- you may take a look at the points below:

  • May sure you obtain the class schedule as soon as possible so you can plan ahead of time.
  • Keep in contact with your classmates so you can find the “inside man” who will regularly update you.
  • Inform your teachers and employer that you are a working student. They may be flexible if they are aware of your situation.
  • If you are overwhelmed, seek alternative options.


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