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International Students

Discover the support and resources available to you. Find the extra information you need as an international student.

What we offer

You can benefit from all of the careers resources and activities we offer. Use our service throughout your studies and for up to three years after you graduate.

This includes the following tailored support:

Use the information below to start exploring your options and applying for opportunities.

Working while studying

Working while studying is a great way to:

  • gain experience
  • earn extra money
  • develop your skills
  • practice your English
  • meet new people

If you've never worked in the UK before, the following information can help you get started.

Working in the UK after your studies

If you are thinking of working in the UK after your studies it might help to:

  • understand your visa options
  • know where and how to look for opportunities

Use the information below to help you get started.

Work for yourself

You are not able to be self-employed or engage in business activity while studying on a Student Visa.

After you graduate, the Graduate Route visa allows you to work self-employed in the UK. This lasts for 2 years after your studies, or 3 years for PhD graduates. There are some exceptions. For example, you cannot work as a professional sportsperson or coach.

Visit UKCISA for information about the different routes available.

If you're interested in working for yourself after you graduate, the Careers Service can support you in the following ways:

  • discover what makes a good business idea and how to come up with one
  • learn how to test and improve your business idea

Returning to your home country

Our 15 minute video on returning to your home country covers:

  • how to market your international experience
  • how to plan and research international opportunities and recruitment processes
  • what to expect when you return home and how to prepare for this


Use the following resources for information about finding work in your home country, or worldwide:

Making applications

International students face the same criteria as UK students when applying for work experience, jobs or courses.

It's important to think about what sets you apart from other applicants. For example:

  • being multi-lingual
  • commercial insight into your home country or regional markets
  • global perspective
  • previous work experience in your home country

China Career Gateway

Over 150,000 Chinese students were studying at UK universities in 2021/22. Every year many Chinese students will return to China after studying overseas.

After participating in China Career Gateway, I feel fulfilled and confident for my future career.

Previous China Career Gateway participant

How can you stand out from the competition?

Join our exclusive career development programme for Chinese students studying at Newcastle University.

China Career Gateway 2023/24 will be delivered as a six-week programme and will offer a combination of in-person and online sessions.

China Career Gateway aims to help you:

  • understand the graduate job market in the UK and China
  • learn how to make effective applications for graduate roles in the UK and China
  • connect with Newcastle University graduates. Hear about their experiences in finding employment in the UK and China after university

The 2023/24 programme will start with an in-person session week commencing 9th October.

By joining the programme you’ll get the opportunity to:

  • join live sessions to connect with Chinese alumni and employers
  • receive Newcastle University’s China Career Gateway certificate

The programme is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate Chinese students or students interested in working in China.

You must be registered as a Newcastle University student in academic year 2023/24 to access the content.

You can also look at content from the 2022/23 China Career Gateway programme.

You can also watch our 12 minute China Career Gateway video for Chinese students, which covers how to:

  • describe key features of the Chinese graduate labour market
  • sell your Newcastle University experience to a prospective Chinese employer on your CV
  • explain where to search for graduate job opportunities in China

International Student Pathway

Our International Student Pathway covers careers information you need to know about as an international student.

You'll find resources and activities that cover all stages of your journey, in one convenient place!

Key activities

The pathway can help you:

  • learn about National Insurance and working entitlement during your studies
  • discover where to find work experience and part-time job opportunities
  • understand how to write a UK-style CV and how to receive feedback on your applications
  • find out more about working in the UK after you graduate, with information on the Graduate, Skilled Worker and Start Up immigration routes
  • understand how the Careers Service can support you if you’re searching for opportunities outside the UK