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The Careers Service receives many enquiries from our international students who want to work during their studies or to work in the UK after graduating. For European students and graduates EEA regulations makes this straightforward. However this is not the case for non-Europeans.

Working During Your Studies

For information about working in the UK on this website.

Some students also find they need help with their English skills the British Council has some useful information.   Futurelearn have also launched a free online course English for the Workplace


Getting work experience in the UK will strengthen your CV and make you more attractive to employers in the UK or your home country. Target Jobs has produced some useful information and suggestions about how to gain experience during your studies. 


Immigration and Employer Regulations

To explore the option of living and working in Scotland use the Talent Scotland website. For information on working in the UK, try the UK Government website.
On campus we have information and advice available to international students through our Advice team. The are based in the McCance building. For information on working in the UK from the careers service team.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides information for International and UK students.

Tier 1 Graduate Entreprenur visas

Download our international students guide foremployers about Recruiting international graduates

Jobsearch and Graduate Recruitment

UKCISA has current information on working after your studies that explains some of the schemes that are likely to be of particular relevance to students at the end of their studies.

Target Jobs has information for international students on working in the UK and is a good resource for researching UK graduate employers.

If you would like to set up a business in the UK you can apply under the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa scheme. If you are interested in going down this route we advise you to make contact with the Enterprise Hub and engage with the resources they offer. The Start-up Manager will be able to discuss the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route with you. 

The Careers Service website has information on working in the UK including information on Tax and National Insurance.

Employer information can be very useful when researching the labour market and identifying which companies and organisations you may wish to apply to for employment.

For more information about different job sectors in the UK take a look at the Prospects website.

Inside Careers provides a useful summary of qualification comparisions and dealing with UCAS points.   Remember that you can ask at the Careers Service reception for a NARIC lookup to get a general comparison of your school qualifications.


Watch our Google Hangout on essential pre-arrival information for international students about the UK application process.  (total duration 22mins)

Google hangout video transcript

International Jobsearch

GradLink UK is the specialist careers website for international students and graduates who have or are studying at universities in the UK and currently includes specific sections for China, Africa, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Canada and Bangladesh. Each section includes vacancies, graduate profiles, employer contacts, in-depth advice and news.

A useful resource for information on living and working in many countries along with jobsearch facilities in many more can be found on the Going Global website.

Using Employer information resources on this website can allow you to explore the job market and also identify possible employers. Our Resource Centre, based on level 6 of the Livingstone tower, holds a number of key sources of information on jobsearch in the UK and beyond.

For opportunities in Europe try the Graduate Jobs in Europe website for graduate training schemes and EURES for jobs within the European Commission area.

Prospects has vacancies in the UK and worldwide with a section on working abroad and country profiles which contain information on working and studying in a number of countries.

Targetjobs also provides useful and reliable country profiles written by AGCAS.

Asia Career Week is designed to highlight graduate and internship opportunities with companies who look to hire internationally educated students. Webinars from the October 2016 event are now available for you to watch or download.

Manchester University Careers Service have posted a webinar on the Visa options for Chinese students in the UK.

Careers support for International Students

Download our Leaflet for international students detailing the support we provide.


Look at the Careers Advice for international students from TARGETjobs



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International Alumni Profiles

A searchable database of International Alumni from the University of Strathclyde can be found here

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