France is a beautiful but expensive country. Especially, if you choose to stay in the top student cities in France like Paris, Montpellier, etc. While the tuition fees are low for undergraduate courses, the Top MBA Colleges in France are rather expensive. And with so much to see and do in the country, a little extra money can be a great advantage to any student. In such a situation, part-time work options are a definite plus. But what about the rules related to part-time work options in France for international students? And how much do they pay?
Rules and Guidelines for Working while Studying
When you decide to Study in France, you are bound to wonder about the many rules regarding the part-time work options in France for International Students. Hence, before we list out the many possibilities open, here’s what the laws suggest and how much you can earn while studying in France.
- An international student from outside of the European Union, which is what Indian students are, can work for a maximum of 964 hours in any given year provided,
- The university they are working for does not have any objection to the same
- The student has a valid residency permit
- Students need not obtain temporary employment authorisation, Autorisation Provisoire de Travail (APT - Temporary Work Permit) anymore. The residency permit has the inbuilt clause for the same.
- All students in France, including the students enrolled in the first year of university as well as students enrolled in a language program, are eligible to work in France.
- The minimum wage rule applies to all working students. The minimum hourly wage rate is set at €9.76 per hour (before taxes). After reducing the same, the student makes somewhere around €7.61 per hour.
- Cumulatively, a student can earn somewhere around €7900 per year or just above INR 6 lakhs a year. Though this is not enough to compensate for the high cost of living, it is surely a handy pocket allowance.
- A student can also apply for and get employment at the university s/he is studying in or any other higher institute/ university. Students at a university are offered a contract for one year that covers the period of 1 September through 31 August. The time is split in the manner
- Maximum of 670 hours in the period between 1 September and 30 June (part-time)
- Up to 300 hours between July 1 and August 31 (full time)
Those who are pursuing a 6-month program are allowed to work for 472 hours.
It is important to remember that some courses might have an in-built internship. These programs usually do not allow students to take up part-time work. Irrespective of the laws, if the program does not permit a student to work part-time, you cannot work. It is, hence, important to check with the University regarding the same.
Kinds of Jobs
Talking about the kind of employment opportunities available to students, they are pretty standard.
- Assistantship at the University
A student can apply to get a research assistantship or a graduate assistantship with the university. These jobs are usually open to masters/ research scholars. The job includes assisting the professors which could include taking tutorials, assisting in the research, writing the literature, etc.
- Other jobs at the university
A student can also apply and work at the university’s international office or the marketing office or any of the available positions. These positions are regularly posted on the notice board. Also, as mentioned above, these are offered for a 1-year tenure. Students joining in the month of January would have to wait till September for the same. This timing needs to be kept in check.
- Other jobs at café’s, etc.
Students can always take up a variety of jobs outside. Paris is the café capital of the world and there’s enough need for people in these café and restaurants. Likewise, students can take up part-time employment in shops, markets, and even businesses. The knowledge of the English language adds to the employability of international students.
So, take your pick. Whether it is a job at the mall, or the supermarket or indeed the corner café, no matter which you choose, you are sure to live the famous French life. These jobs are a great opportunity for students to improve their language skills, network with locals, and also earn that extra pocket allowance to enjoy their time in one of the prettiest countries of the world. Furthermore, with improved Post Study Work Permits for Indian students, Universities in France offer an added advantage to study abroad aspirants.
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