Keele Careers and Employability offers the same information and guidance services to international students as it does to local students. As an international student, there may be restrictions on the amount and type of work you can do while studying. Here you should know why international students should study at Keele university.
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Students Should Study at Keele
You can use the service at any stage of your degree or postgraduate studies. Visit study in UK consultants for information on our appointment times or visit Career Hub to book sessions online.
There is also a Careers Fact Sheet for International Students and Diversity and Equal Opportunity Fact Sheets.
Career And Employability
We discuss a variety of topics with international students at Keele.
- Availability of work experience during your time as a student.
- Job opportunities in the UK after your studies.
- Research and application for postgraduate studies in the UK.
Please note: Under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (Part V), Keele Careers and Employability is not authorized to offer advice on immigration matters. Keele University UK is “providing basic info a individual can act on or referring that person to an proper guidance provider”.
Working Keele in The UK After Your Studies
Skilled worker visa
The skilled worker visa for people coming to the UK with a skilled job offer. The employer must be on the UK Border Agency’s list of approved sponsors. This is the main option for students seeking employment in the UK after graduation. Students must have a job with an employer before their student visa expires.
The Skilled Worker visa allows employers to recruit people from outside the UK to work. Employers do this by issuing a certificate of sponsorship to a job seeker. The sponsorship certificate includes a reference number which must be quoted when the person applies for the visa at the UK Border Agency.
Applicants must have:
- A valid sponsorship certificate provided by an approved sponsor.
- A minimum wage – how much depends on the type of work you do
- doing a job that is on the list of eligible occupations
- English skills
- Savings money to meet your needs and application fees. How much will depend on a few factors. Read more here Skilled worker visa: how much does it cost.
Working In the UK During Your Studies
Many international students are allowed to work in the UK while studying. You should check your passport to see if any restrictions apply to you. Also, there are a numeral of issues you may need to deliberate:
The type of stamp you have in your passport that indicates whether you can work while in the UK.
If you are authorized to work, you will be able to work up to 20 hours a week during school terms and an unlimited number of hours during holidays.
You can also complete an internship as part of a “work-study diploma” and take part in an internship program with an employer.
Visa Information Sources
The home office
This department is responsible for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime policy and counter-terrorism and works to ensure visible, responsive and accountable policing in the UK.
The Council for International Education (UKCISA)
Founded in 1968, UKCISA is an independent organization which seeks to protect the interests of UK students wishing to study abroad as well as the interests of international students wishing to study in the UK. The UKCISA website provides factsheets for students wishing to work in the UK while studying or after studying. Students can also phone the UKCISA advice line on 020 7788 9214. It is open from 1pm to 4pm Monday to Friday.
Immigration and visa information for the UK and other countries.
Support for international students
Advice and guidance on a variety of student issues.
Keele Students’ Union ASK Center
ASK Center counsellors are qualified to provide immigration and visa advice. As a result, Keele Students‘ Union ASK Center are members of UKCISA. Also, which means they have access to a variety of resources and information.
Education Abroad Consultants consist of career representatives from 15 University Career Services across the Midlands working to support international students. They work together to provide the best possible advice, events and resources to help you as an international student. Visit Education Consultants Abroad.