Can I Work While Studying In China?

“Can I work while studying in China?” This is a common question many international students ask when they start their university applications.

According to Chinese government regulations, international students who are holders of study residence permits are allowed to take part-time jobs or internships outside the campus as long as they obtain approval from their academic institutions and the entry and exit administrative authorities.

The Chinese Ministry of Education reported that this move aims to attract more overseas students to enroll in Chinese universities.

What do I need to start working in China?

To work part-time in China, you have to obtain an internship visa. The visa has to be sponsored by an authorised educational institution.

How to Apply for an Internship Visa

After securing an internship, you can start processing your internship visa application.

Step 1: Get in touch with the university you are studying at, they will give you the forms and instructions. Each university, and city has slightly different procedure. Normally its quite simple to fill it out.

Step 2: Complete the internship visa application form. You will need the company you will do your internship at to sign, stamp, and give their business license to your university.

Step 3: Once you complete your visa documents and it has been approved by your university, submit them to the public security bureau in your city.

Step 4Pay the application fee. About 400 RMB.

Step 5: Pick up your internship visa after 5 to 7 working days. Your student visa will be replaced by a new internship visa.

What are some part-time jobs I can apply for in China?

Normally it is to work in a company part time, it is better if it is related to your major. You are not allowed to work in other companies other than approved by your visa. You are allowed to receive payment when you have an internship visa.

You can find jobs on a few websites:


You can also search jobs at China Admissions here

We hope this is helpful for you!

Content crafter at China Admissions with nine years of professional writing experience. Fil-Chinese who honors my heritage every day. On a fascinating journey exploring China and tracing my ancestry. See China through my lens.
Christine Chiu

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