Studying abroad without being funded by a scholarship can be very difficult. Therefore, it’s a good idea to make a financial budget carefully before deciding to study abroad. To ease the burden of expenses, you can consider going to college while working.
The consideration is whether part-time work will interfere with your studies. Actually it won’t be a problem if you can share your time well and be willing to work hard. The benefits of part-time work in addition to reducing costs are that you can hone your English skills. Then you also have a good chance to mingle with the local community. Especially if you have the opportunity to work in an office, this work experience will certainly add a plus when you are looking for work after graduating later.
There are indeed cases in America where foreign students get unpleasant treatment from their employers. Actually local students can experience the same thing. The cause here is the lack of information about workplaces and obstacles in fluency. As long as you choose your employer carefully, you can minimize unwanted events.
Before starting part-time work, do the following:
Check your visa
Visas with certain categories – such as Tier 4 visas in the UK – do not allow foreign students to work. Other visas may allow foreign students to work, but at certain time limits. For example in New Zealand, foreign students are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week. If you violate these rules, you can be asked to immediately leave the country. So, before starting part-time work, check the limits of your visa.
Ask other foreign students
You can ask foreign students who work part time, there may be vacancies in their workplaces, or you can find information about the reputation of employers or workplaces that are more friendly to foreign students.
Consult with the university
Usually universities provide counseling services regarding part-time work. They even have connections with local companies. That way, you have the opportunity to get a job that is more secure and in accordance with your field of study.