If you are from a non-EU/EEA country or Switzerland, there will be restrictions on the amount and type of work you do in the UK.
You don’t need to apply for permission to work in the UK during your studies, however, your employer will probably ask you for proof of where you’re from. Your passport will normally be sufficient.
Tier 4 visas impose strict restrictions on working in the UK. If you hold a Tier 4 visa, you must adhere to these restrictions.
Your entry clearance vignette (visa sticker in your passport) or your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) will tell you if you are allowed to work.
If you are studying at the University of Edinburgh, your Tier 4 visa should allow you to work in the UK. You will be permitted to work:
A 'week' is defined as 7 days, from Monday to Sunday.
You must check your visa or BRP to check that the details are correct. If they are not, you may be able to get this corrected.
PhD students may work full time during the period between the submission of their thesis and their viva exam, providing this is considered to be a holiday period by the School. However, some employers will not allow you to work full time during this period. This will depend on the employer's policy.
You must revert to part time (no more than 20 hours per week) from the date of your viva until you submit your hardbound thesis.
Tier 4 students cannot:
This will depend on the type of programme you are studying.
Undergraduate students have three vacation periods each year. These are in line with the University calendar:
Postgraduate taught students have two holiday periods per year:
The summer vacation period does not count for you as you are expected to study full time towards your dissertation. You must not work full time during this period.
Postgraduate research students do not have vacations in line with the University calendar. You are permitted up to six weeks of vacation per year, which you must agree with your supervisor or School.
Short term students are not permitted to work, paid or unpaid, or undertake internships or work placements as part of your studies.
You may volunteer (normally for a charity).
You can volunteer while you are studying. Volunteers must not:
Volunteers will normally help a charity or voluntary or public sector organisation.
Croatian nationals who study in the UK are allowed to work while they are here. There are some restrictions.
You can work for up to 20 hours per week during term time, and full time during University vacation periods.
Before starting work you must obtain a YELLOW registration certificate known as CR1.
The Careers Service has lots of useful information and resources to help you navigate the UK graduate job market.