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How to find a student job abroad?

Do you want to go abroad to work and learn the local language? Once you have chosen your destination, you will need to find out about the necessary permissions to the exercise of a job, which vary from one country to another. You will then need to consider the professional sectors the most adapted to your desires and your expectations. Finally, you will need to approachspecialized organizations or sites in student jobs abroad. Overview !

Student work permits abroad

Over the centuries, foreign languages ​​from the Old Continent (English, Spanish, and even German) have spread to the four corners of the planet: the language of Shakespeare is used in North America, that of Cervantes in South America, or that of Goethe in several European countries, even in Namibia! However, in terms of authorizations issued to foreign workers, each nation has its own rules. Let’s list the main ones.

To exercise a student job in a country of the European Union

As a French person, you don’t have no need for a work permit to exercise a professional activity in the European Union. This rule therefore applies, among others, to the following destinations:

  • germany
  • austria
  • spain
  • Greece
  • ireland
  • italy
  • Malta
  • the Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Sweden

To do a student job in the UK

Go abroad to work and learn English does not require crossing the Atlantic: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland await you on the other side of the Channel. Since January 1, 2021, you need a visa in most cases if you want to work in the UK and were not living there before 31 December 2020. There are several types of work visa; consult the site of the British government or that of the center of visas of Paris.

To do a student job in the United States

To work at United States, it is imperative to obtain a work permit. There are several, adapted to each category of profession. However, for a stay of less than 90 days, such a document is not necessary. You can simply apply for ESTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) by internet.

To do a student job in Canada

Generally, you must obtain a work permit to work at Canada ; the rules vary according to the job performed. For example, if you study there and choose to work off-campus, you are exempt from a work permit for up to 20 hours per week during regular study sessions.

To do a student job in Australia

the Working Holiday Visa (Working Holiday Visa) in Australia gives young French nationals the opportunity to travel to the country for a maximum period of 12 months (renewable under conditions) in order, among other things, to work there. The visa application is made exclusively online on the Australian immigration website. In 2021, its cost was 495 Australian dollars, or 335 euros.

In which sectors can you find a student job abroad?

They are, by definition, less skilled jobs which are reserved for foreign students – all the more so when the latter have a poor command of the language of the country. Here are the few sectors in which you could find a job with only a few rudiments of local speech!

Get a job in the hotel and catering industry

Waiter in a restaurant, café or bar, receptionist in a hotel: your dynamism, your interpersonal skills, but also your command of French can be strong assets in this regard.

Occupying a job as an au pair or son

Au pair work allows a young person to go to a family abroad in exchange for services, in particular childcare. The conditions to be able to work as an au pair vary from country to country but, as a general rule, you will need to complete the following:

  • be between 18 and 30 years old
  • testify to basics in the language of the host country
  • take language lessons once there
  • in some countries, have a driving license and a baccalaureate level

Work as a French teacher

With or without prior trainingyou can give French lessons for any type of audience: the youngest children, teenagers looking for tutoring, or adults who wish to learn or reacquaint themselves with the language of Molière.

Have a seasonal job

Some countries show great need for low-skilled labor at specific times of the year ; this is the case, for example, of Australia, with its grape harvests or fruit picking !

Sites and organizations to find a student job abroad

Social networks, local contacts, spontaneous applications: everything is good for finding a student job in a foreign country. But beyond these levers, there are many websites and organizations to help you find the job you need in an English, Spanish or German speaking country. Non-exhaustive inventory, in alphabetical order!

European Solidarity Corps

The European Solidarity Corps is a European Union program that offers young people the opportunity to engage in a solidarity activity in France and in Europe.


EURES is a European network of employment services designed to facilitate the free movement of workers.


Indeed is a job search engine currently available in more than 50 countries, including China, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, -Bas, Spain, Ireland or Italy.


Like Indeed, Monster is a job board, i.e. a recruitment website. It also enables international research to be carried out.

International Employment Center

The site of Pôle Emploi, a public establishment responsible for employment in France, aggregates more than 2,000 work opportunities abroad online every day.


Working holiday programs (PVT) are aimed at young people aged 18 to 30 (35 for Argentina, Australia and Canada) and wishing to go abroad, for a maximum period of one year. , for tourism and cultural purposes in one of the partner countries, having the possibility of working on site to supplement their financial means.


International volunteering in administration (VIA) allows, under certain conditions, young people aged 18 to 28 to take part in France’s action in the world. The mission lasts between 6 and 24 months and can be renewed once for a maximum of 2 years. The volunteer receives an allowance.


International corporate volunteering (VIE) allows, under certain conditions, to carry out a mission (scientific, technical, commercial, humanitarian, etc.) in a French company abroad. You must be between 18 and 28 years old to register. The volunteer also receives an allowance.

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