Studying abroad can be expensive. If you’re planning to do it, you may be wondering if you need to find a part time job in the new area to pay for your added expenses. Studying abroad affords you many educational and life experiences, but, even with the incentives from your university and available financial aid, can you afford it? Ultimately, part-time employment is a great way to help pay for the endeavor and add to your experience abroad. As you plan for your trip, here are 5 Part-Time Jobs to consider.
On Campus Jobs
The first place you should look when seeking part-time employment abroad is your school. The university you are attending will more than likely host several jobs which interest you and also have information on other local jobs which are great for students. Work limitations related to your visa will differ, but many student jobs are allowed with no work permit; encouraging international students to study abroad.
Hotels and Hostels
The hospitality industry is a great opportunity for students looking to work during their studies abroad. Part-time employment is available in many tourism centers surrounding major universities and colleges, especially at hotels and hostels. These jobs are usually part-time in nature, as they cater to the transient or seasonal population, and can be great for students only there during the school season. If you plan to work part-time outside ofyour studies, there are also opportunities during the off-season should you want to return. As an added plus, upward mobility in hospitality management is always possible.
Local restaurants and cafes provide part-time employment for students and offer flexible schedules. The local service industry may require adding new language skills, which can be an amazing way to learn the new culture. By delving into the restaurant scene in the local community of your university, you learn exactly what makes the region of your abroad study so popular, and share this experience with others, directly. High student-traffic restaurants may yield lower gratuities, so look for the family-style restaurants and cafes for higher cover charges for tips from patrons.
Part Time Teaching
If you would like to enhance your language skills quickly and make a good living while you study, consider teaching. For native English speakers, you have an opportunity to teach in many countries, so don’t miss out on the ability to teach your home language while you study abroad part-time. Teaching either at your own university or tutoring on the side is a way to enhance your language skills in both your native tongue as well as a new language. Keep in mind many schools have competitive programs, or limited student-teaching semesters available.
If you need more information or have specific questions regarding employment and visa requirements, check with your hosting university to see if you are eligible to teach during your stay. You may find there are enticing opportunities outside your university as well—tutoring on afternoons or weekends, for example—so check community boards on campus once you receive your university schedule.
Depending on your field of study, you may be eligible to apply for a part-time internship in your field while you are abroad. Check with your program of choice, and look for relevant internships in the surrounding community. These internships, while usually lower-paid, and less time constricting than full-time employment, are geared to provide educational benefits.
An internship in your field will enhance both your knowledge of your chosen subject as well as your abroad community, and also provide valuable career insight. While limited and competitive, paid internships require little experience, and are generally available during all school terms. For the eager student and dedicated part-time job seeker, considering adding an internship to your study abroad experience and your resume will thank you.
This is a guest post by Sarah Brooks from Freepeoplesearch.org. She is a Houston based freelance writer and blogger. Questions and comments can be sent to brooks.sarah23 @ gmail.com