In many countries there are very strict rules about whether international students can work whilst studying. For example students in Australia can work 40 hours per fortnight during semester and full time during the holidays.
Can international students work in China whilst studying? This is one of the most common question that students ask when they are considering studying in China. The purpose of education and further study in China is to find a job and a place in the job market, so it is understandable that this is important for students.
In July 2013 a new law came into effect
Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People’s Republic of China (Adopted at the 27th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Eleventh National People’s Congress on June 30, 2012)
Basically, if you are planning to work in China then it is acceptable as long as you get permission from your University and following the process.
According to an article by People’s daily in 2014, “Last year the government updated the current visa system and introduced some changes to the application process for a residence permit. For the first time, foreigners holding study residence permits were permitted 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 report says.
Working can be a great way to get additional experience and enhance your employability or find opportunities for after you graduate. It is your responsibility to check and ensure that you comply with all the latest requirements and updates as they can happen frequently.
There are a number of ways to find opportunities in your industry. Since China is a booming economy, many students find opportunities presenting themselves in a way that doesn’t happen in their home country. For example, international students at Central Academy of Drama are often scouted for roles in Chinese movies. Students at Beijing Language and Culture University are often asked to provide support for international companies who are localising their content etc. There is a lot of demand for English teachers in China, so if you are a native English speaker, you may find opportunities teaching English or tutoring one on one.
You can search for opportunities online by looking at adverts in University cafes, or through websites such as thebeijinger.com/classifieds if you are in Beijing, you can also attend networking events. Another way is to ask your University professors, because they will have industry links and can help to make an introduction. You can also try contacting companies yourself.
If you can speak Chinese this can greatly enhance your attractiveness for opportunities. So if you are planning to be in China for a while, it is a good idea to focus on learning Chinese at the start, and then you can put your Chinese skills to use in a practical setting later.