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International student work rights

Want to remain in your study destination to work after graduation? Check out our table of work rights to find out where you could work once you leave university.

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Employability is a key factor for many international students when researching where to study abroad. Students need to feel relatively confident that their course of study, selected institution and chosen destination will pay dividends when it comes to finding work. In a recent study of more than 10,000 graduates, 81% said they decided to study abroad to improve their chances of finding employment.


However, many countries around the world offer different working rights for international students to remain in the country after graduation. That’s why we’ve taken the time to summarise the recent data on work rights for international students from the International Education Association of Australia. If you’re thinking of studying abroad, make sure you check out the useful table we’ve put together to consider which destination may be most beneficial for you after graduation if you intend to stay in the country to work.




As you can see, there can be a significant difference between what each country offers for international students looking for work after graduation. For example, an international graduate can stay for 18 months in Germany and between two to four years in Australia. Whereas Sweden offers a comparably shorter lenght of time.


As announced in September 2019, international students in the UK now have up to two years after graduation to find employment. 


Before deciding where you want to apply, make sure you understand what scope there is to remain in the country if you intend to look for employment after graduation so you can avoid disappointment further down the line.


Want more advice on finding work once you graduate?

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The Content Executive for Hotcourses Abroad, Lizzie will be writing helpful articles to support you all along your study abroad journey.