International Students

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.

BREXIT – check this page, maintained by our International Student Support Team for updates about Brexit and how it may affect you


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. 


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 International Student Support team. They are based in the McCance building.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides information for International and UK students.   They have also written a useful blog post about Tier 4 work conditions

The University is keen to support graduates we have identified as having world class innovative ideas or entrepreneurial skills. Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network (SEN) works with staff, students and alumni to realise their entrepreneurial potential. SEN community members who have registered their business idea and have been actively working towards completion of a full business plan, including credible financial projections, and are making regular use of the SEN support and facilities available may be provided with the opportunity to be endorsed by the University to apply for a Start-Up Visa. A range of entrepreneurial support and guidance is available from SEN via the Enterprise Team at the Enterprise Hub on Level 6 of the Graham Hills Building.

Register with SEN here.

If you are hoping to work in the UK on graduation please download this guide for employers: AGCAS Recruiting International Graduates Leaflet August 2018


Proposed 'Post-study Work'/Graduate Route - updated 11 September 2019

To date the University has no fine detail of the proposed Post Study Work visa other than what is currently being discussed in the news and on the UK Government webpagesThe International Student Support Team cannot currently advise on this visa type but will be keeping a close eye on developments and will send out a communication when there is further information to share.  It is likely to be implemented for academic session 20/21 at the earliest.


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.

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.

Remember that you can ask at the Careers Service reception for a NARIC lookup to get a general comparison of your school qualifications.


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 Goinglobal 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.

Download our leaflet Careers Support for International Students - seminars and events detailing the support we provide.

Look at the Careers Advice for international students from TARGETjobs

The British Council have developed a free four-week online course (MOOC) on English in the Workplace covering the language of applying for jobs, interviews, starting a new job and working with new colleagues.

The Prepare2GetAhead e-learning resource gives an introduction to career planning for students and provides a step-by-step approach to enable students to develop and create their own career plan. The resource aims to help students to make the most of their time at university and to explore options that interest them, as well as gain relevant skills and experiences.

The Innovate2GetAhead e-learning resource provides students with an introduction to innovation skills and developing an innovative mind-set. It is aimed at all students, as the activities and case studies can be applied to students looking to go on and work for organisations; for students wishing to develop their own family business and for students looking to start or develop their own business.

Try LockIn China, a tool for exploring the labour market and job opportunities in China (Login to MyCareer required)