Countries with the best student-work permit in Europe is an important topic every international student should consider first. We have already established the fact that it is possible to study free in Europe, and also work while studying. However, if you want to work while you’re in school, one of the most important considerations you need to make is how flexible the “work and study” restrictions are. These regulations are not standardized throughout the whole of the European Union. There are certain nations that have more stringent regulations and a more convoluted procedure, both of which make it more difficult to work there.
For instance, you might be required to get a specialized work visa. Additionally, you may only be able to work ten to fifteen hours each week, which is probably not enough if you want to make a respectable wage.
But if you come from the United States, there are several places in Europe where working as a student is not only quite simple but also highly rewarding. The following European nations are included:
In Sweden, you only need a valid student visa to be able to work. Plus there’s no restriction regarding how much you can work, as long as you dedicate at least 40 hours per week to your studies. Wages in Sweden are also more than attractive, the average being 2,500 USD/ month.
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Here are some Swedish universities we recommend:
- Linnaeus University
- University of Boras
- Jönköping University
In Estonia, you also only need a student visa to work during your studies. But what makes it appealing is that you can stay and work an additional six months if you get your university’s permission after you finish your studies.
There’s no restriction regarding how much you can work provided you have passing grades. The average salary is about 1,400 USD per month before taxes.
Here are a couple of Estonian universities we recommend:
- Tallinn University
- Tallinn University of Technology
The student visa in Denmark includes the right to work 20 hours/ week during the school year and full-time during school breaks.
Even if it’s part-time work the pay is more than rewarding with the average pay being 16 USD/hour. That means about 1,280 USD/month for a part-time job.
Here are a couple of Danish universities we recommend:
- Aarhus University
- Roskilde University
In France, you can work part-time with a valid student visa. You are allowed to work 20 hours a week off campus, but if you find a job on campus you can work more. Per year, you can up to 60% of the legal annual working hours – meaning you can work more on holidays.
In France, there is a guaranteed minimum salary, which is 10 USD/gross per hour. For a month of part-time work, you are guaranteed to make at least 800 USD.
Here are some French universities we recommend:
- Emlyon Business School
- HEC Paris
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You do not need a work permit to work part-time in Ireland, provided you have a Stamp 2 Permission on your visa.
You can work up to 20 hours/week during the school year and full-time during school breaks. The part-time salary in Ireland can reach about 800 USD/ gross/per month. Sounds like a deal? Here are some Irish schools you should check out:
- University College Dublin
- University of Limerick
- Maynooth University
In Finland, you are allowed to work 25 hours a week during the school term and full-time during school breaks without needing a work permit. Salaries for part-time jobs usually start at 500 USD/month. Check these universities out, if Finland is where you want to work and study:
- Aalto University
- University of Vaasa
- LUT University
The United Kingdom
You can work part-time in the UK as long as you have Tier 4 student visa. The average part-time wage across the UK is 600 USD a week. In London, it is generally higher, about 800 USD. If this fits your plans, here are some universities we recommend in the UK:
- University of Birmingham
- Swansea University
- Coventry University
- University of Leeds
- Durham University
You do not need a work permit for the first year of your studies in Norway. However, after the first year, you have to renew it and provide additional documents. Part-time workers earn an average of 4,000 USD/month. However, note that most Norwegian jobs require knowing the Norwegian language.
Here are a few Norwegian universities we recommend:
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
- BI Norwegian Business School
- University of Stavanger
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Germany is also a country where you can work part-time as long as you have a valid student visa. Wages for a part-time job start at about 500 USD/month. The good part is that living costs in Germany are one of the lowest in Western Europe.
Here are a few German universities we recommend:
- IU International University of Applied Sciences
- University of Cologne
- RWTH Aachen University
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