Can I Work While I Study Abroad?

startup-photosThis guest post originally appeared on the GoToStudy blog. GoToStudy specializes in helping overseas students find the their ideal university and course, and connecting them with consulting agencies that can guide them to their goal.

This is a common question from prospective international students. Working while studying provides a useful source of income, and it can also be a great way to make new friends, improve your language skills, and acquire some solid general work experience.

However, the rules and conditions for international student employment are complex and they change frequently. Governments may change their policies in reaction to local employment conditions or the mood of the electorate. For example, it was recently announced that the UK government will cancel work rights for students on certain visas.

If you’re interested in working while studying abroad, here is a general overview, provided by GoToStudy, of the requirements and restrictions in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the U.S. Remember to check the government websites for the most updated policies before pursuing any type of employment.

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Tips for Success on the TOEFL Writing Section

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a standardized assessment of English-language proficiency, can be an intimidating obstacle for international students. The last section of the test, the writing section, is particularly challenging because it requires more than just reading well in English.

The writing section is divided into two parts. In the first part, integrated writing, you will be asked to read a passage and listen to a lecture on the same topic, then write an essay that combines information from both of these sources. In the second section, independent writing, you will be asked to write an essay based upon personal experience.

It may be daunting to take an exam in a different language, but you can succeed with a little focus and a lot of preparation. Here are some tips for how to succeed on the TOEFL writing section.

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11 Tips Students Must Read Before Applying for a UK Tier 4 Visa

photo-1429216967620-ece20ff3a5f9This guest post originally appeared on the GoToStudy blog. GoToStudy specializes in helping overseas students find the their ideal university and course, and connecting them with consulting agencies that can guide them to their goal.

You’ve chosen to attend a university or college in the UK and you’ve been accepted to a course of study. Congratulations! Now it’s time to apply for your UK study visa.

You’re eligible to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and meet the eligibility requirements. You can’t apply for the Tier 4 visa until you receive your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) from your UK institution, but you can get all of your application forms and paperwork ready to go in advance.

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Flywire Friday: This Week’s Top News for International Students – October 23, 2015


Here’s what we read this week:

A new Common Application? A coalition of 80 U.S. colleges and universities recently announced the creation of a free, online college application system, which will be launched next summer. The Atlantic outlines the new system and discusses how it might change the admissions odds for prospective students.

Halloweiner? Pumpkin Drop? Scare Fair? How is your campus celebrating Halloween next weekend? U.S. News shares some of the crazy Halloween traditions held on college campuses around the U.S.

Thinking about applying to grad school in the U.S.? Career aspirations are likely the most important factor in your decision-making process. According to a recent report by World Education Services, summarized in the PIE News, career prospects are the most important factors for international students applying to graduate schools in the U.S. Other major factors are the school’s reputation and cost.

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Photo Essay Contest Winner Reflects on International Education in the U.S.

Manisha-Shrestha-450Flywire was proud to sponsor a recent Photo Essay Contest for Northwest Missouri State University’s Intercultural Festival, which was held in conjunction with International Education Week and Hispanic Heritage Month. International students were invited to submit a photo and brief essay explaining the importance and impact of an international education in the United States.

The first place prize went to Manisha Shrestha, for her beautiful photo of a campus pond at night and the accompanying essay titled “Reflection”. Manisha composed her submission while looking out over the pond and thinking about the struggle, hard work, and overall life experience of an international student.

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Flywire Friday: Trending News for International Students – October 16, 2015


Here’s what we read this week:

Are you prepared to talk your way into college? Barron’s reports that U.S. colleges are adding video interviews to the list of application requirements for Chinese students in an attempt to cut down on the number of fraudulent applications. It’s likely that this trend will soon apply to all international students, so start getting camera ready!

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5 Common Cultural Challenges for International Students


The move to university is a challenging one for many students, and for those going to college in a foreign country, the obstacles are even greater. Unfamiliar customs, new languages, strange foods – it can all become overwhelming.

Here are some of the common challenges you can expect to face as an international student, and some tips to help you overcome them.

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Flywire Friday: The Week’s Key Headlines for International Students – October 9, 2015


Last week we kicked off a new blog series, Flywire Friday, and we’re back this week to bring you our favorite news of the week for international students.

Here’s what we’re reading:

U.S. colleges want to make their Chinese students more comfortable. The Associated Press reports that colleges including Purdue University and The University of Illinois are working closely with domestic students and faculty to better integrate Chinese students into American college life, following a huge rise in overall U.S. college enrollment from China. We hope they’ll soon expand their focus to all international populations!

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Tips for Taking Effective Classroom Notes in Your Second Language

It’s no secret that good notes are one of the keys to good grades. Effective note-taking – especially when taking classes taught in a language other than your own – can be critical to your academic success. Doing this requires great focus and discipline, but there are some ways to make note-taking just a bit easier. Here are five suggested note-taking tips.

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Flywire Friday: Top News of the Week for International Students – October 2, 2015

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We’re excited to introduce a new feature on the blog: Flywire Friday! Each Friday, we’ll bring you a quick download of some recent news that may impact international students, and we’ll even summarize it for you!

Here’s what we read this week:

Did your college make the cut? U.S. News identified the 10 universities that offer international students the most financial aid. These schools offer international students an average award of $54,718 per school year. That’s some serious money!

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