SOAS University of London

International Students

Working in the UK

International students studying at recognised Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are generally eligible to work part-time in the UK for up to 20 hours per week during term-time and full-time in vacations.  This applies for students on a full-time programme which is at least six months in duration. Your visa sticker (vignette) or Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) will generally confirm your eligibility to work as well as the maximum hours you can work.

Please do remember that in order to satisfy the requirements of your student visa you must be able to show that you already have sufficient funds to maintain yourself. You must not rely on part-time earnings to support yourself, nor should you say that you are intending to work to provide sufficient funds to live on whilst here. Your academic programme may, in any case preclude you from undertaking paid work.

If you work whilst studying in the UK you will need to apply for a National Insurance Number by calling 0800 141 2075 from 8.30 - 17.00, Monday to Friday. More information can be found on the website.

Advice on the rules about working for part-time students can be sought from the Student Welfare Office at