Part Time Work Options in Singapore for Indian Students
Singapore boasts of some of the top universities in the world. A developed nation, it has rapidly become one of the top choices for international students. The close proximity of the country to India clubbed with easy visa processing rules has added to the many advantages of studying from Singapore. But we cannot forget that Singapore is one of the costlier countries. With the cost of living in Singapore almost at par with that of the USA, some extra money is always welcome by students which can be earned through a series of part-time work options. But what does the rule say about working while studying?
Work Permissions While Studying
According to the Ministry of Manpower, Singapore, international students on a Student Pass in Singapore are eligible to work part-time for about 16 hours a week during term and for unlimited hours during vacation, provided:
- They are a registered full-time student in one of the approved institutions
- They hold a valid Student Pass issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA)
It is important to note here that students studying in the university/ institution which is not on the list of approved institutions are not eligible to work part-time or full-time both during the term and/ or vacation.
Please remember that during the term, a student must keep in mind that the work must be:
- Limited to a maximum of 16 hours a week
- Should be under the industrial attachment program conducted by your university or educational institute and contribute towards graduation requirements.
What students must understand here is even if you are studying in an approved university, if the university does not have an industrial attachment program (neither compulsory nor elective), then you are not eligible for part-time work.
Type of Part-Time Work Options
Unlike other countries, Singapore does not allow you to take up any work. Universities in Singapore have internships that are related to the course you are planning to study. A student can only opt for these related internships. Also, most of the universities have partnerships with industrial houses which would provide the students with a part-time working opportunity.
So, if you are planning to study in Singapore, make sure to check with the University if the program comes with industrial experience or not to determine if you would be able to work in the country.