FAQ 1428
How many hours a week can I work as an international student?

During term time, you are restricted to work the number of hours per week that is written on your visa, usually up to 20 hours per week. During your officially confirmed vacations,  you can work full time, unless your visa says otherwise. If you are uncertain when your official vacation dates are, you can check with your Programme Support Officer or order a permission to work letter that will contain this information.

You can also work full-time after you have completed your course, for up to 4 months or until the expiry date of your visa, whichever is sooner.

Please read the Working during your studies page for more information. Further details can be found on the www.Gov.UK website.

Until 30th September 2021, the Home Office have confirmed that Tier 4 students who are employed by an NHS trust in any of the jobs listed below, are not restricted to working 20 hours per week during term time. You will need to find out from your employer if you were employed by an NHS trust. If not, this concession does not apply to you and you will need to work a maximum of 20 hours per week during term time.

  • Biochemist
  • Biological scientist
  • Dental practitioner
  • Health professional
  • Medical practitioner
  • Medical radiographer
  • Midwife
  • Nurse
  • Occupational therapist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Social worker
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Therapy professional

If you are working in excess of the usually permitted hours in one of the above NHS trust roles, you must also continue to study. You cannot change to permanently working full-time instead of studying whilst remaining on a Student Visa.

Full details of temporary concessions in response to Covid-19 can be found in the latest Home Office guidance