At the University of Sunderland, we support our international students with all aspects of choosing a career, searching for jobs, gaining relevant experience, developing transferable skills, writing applications and preparing for interviews. We’re also here to support you if you’re interested in working for yourself after you graduate. We offer a wide range of support, including one-to-one appointments, group-work sessions, events and online resources. You’ll also find some of this support within your academic programme.
Working while you study as an international student is a popular way to gain work experience and employers are increasingly interested in hearing how you have developed skills beyond the core components of your academic programme.
Every student who is granted a valid Student Route visa to study a full-time programme at the University of Sunderland should have a right to work while studying, however the working limits depend on the course you intend to study.
If you are studying for a qualification at degree level or above you can usually:
We advise you to check your eligibility to work during your studies with the UK Council for Student Affairs (UKCISA), you can also check your BRP card as your working restriction(s) should be specified on there. There are also some types of work you must not do during your studies under your Student visa (e.g. work self-employed or start a business).
When you undertake paid work in the UK, you should earn the UK’s National Minimum Wage or more. In order to work in the UK you will need:
Once you arrive at the University, you’ll have access to our vacancies portal which advertises part-time job opportunities on behalf of local employers and organisations. You’ll find part-time jobs and other work experience opportunities advertised on our portal as well as links to a range of other job search sources such as Indeed, Reed and TotalJobs. You can undertake part-time work on or off campus.
If you’d like some help with your job search, you’ll be able to talk to our team, via drop-ins and one-to-one appointments, to discuss the type of part-time work you’re looking for and develop a job search plan that is tailored to your needs. The University also holds an annual Student Jobs and Volunteering Fair every October, giving you the chance to meet local employers offering part-time job roles.
Finding a part-time job is just one way of gaining experience and developing your skills. The University offers an exciting range of additional opportunities you can access during your time as a student with us. These include:
You might also be considering looking for work in the UK after your studies. Securing a graduate role in the UK is challenging and competitive for all students, so it will be important to start your search early and make use of the support available from the University.
Things to think about:
Once you arrive, there will be lots of support available from the University to help you find employment, both during and after your studies. We will work with you to support your career decision making, explore opportunities and help you make effective applications. You can use our full range of services throughout your time at the University and for three years after you graduate.
One-to-one support: Our team is here to support you throughout your studies- from making career plans, exploring self-employment, finding job opportunities, building contacts and providing application support, there’s lots we can help with! Once you’ve arrived, you’ll be able to drop in and speak with our team in the Gateway (City Campus) and Prospect Building (St Peter’s).
Employer Fairs and Events: We regularly organise events and recruitment fairs giving you the chance to meet employers who are interested in recruiting students from the University of Sunderland. Our Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair takes place annually in November, an event that attracts over 70 top recruiters on-campus offering graduate job, placement, and internship opportunities. We also hold an annual Student Jobs and Volunteering Fair every October.
Workshops: We run regular workshops to help you understand how to search for opportunities and make successful applications. Workshops include ‘How to Write a Graduate CV’, ‘How to find a Graduate Job in the North East’, and we also run sessions on applying for jobs in the UK as an international student.
Online resources: We have a wealth of online resources which you can access 24/7 via our student portal. This enables you to browse job vacancies, sign up for events and complete online courses (pathways) to assist you when making applications and prepare you for life after graduation.