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2021-11-16 22:52:42

TOP tips how to stay abroad after studying

TOP tips how to stay abroad after studying

In order to change the country of residence, you can get an education in another country, and after that there is an opportunity to get work experience abroad and even a residence permit. In the article, we will talk about four countries with a loyal migration policy in which you can get a quality education, and give some tips on how to find a job after graduation.


United Kingdom

In the UK, from 1 July 2021, international students can apply for work and residence for up to 2 years after graduation. Before that, it was possible to stay in the country for only 4 months. According to the plans of the UK government, such a step should attract 600 thousand international students by 2030.

These rules apply to all graduates who have received a bachelor's or master's degree, regardless of the field of education. Those who have received a doctoral degree have the right to reside in the UK for 3 years.

At the time of application, students may not be employed, there are no special requirements for the minimum wage and type of work. Continuous experience is not required, work can be changed or take a break.


In Canada, after completing Optional Practical Training (OPT), students in STEM specialties (mathematics, engineering, technology, science) can apply for continuing their studies and extend the visa for 2 years. Compared to Europe and the United States, Canada's immigration policy is more flexible.

During the academic year, students can work 20 hours a week, during the holidays - 40 hours. In the first six months after graduation, approximately 87% of graduates get a job.

After graduation within 180 days, you can apply and get a work permit in the country for another 3 years. Students can apply for permanent residence under any regional or federal program for students in universities in the country after a year of work.


To undergo an internship under the OPT program, graduates of American universities can live in the country for 1 year: for this, within 60 days after graduation, you must apply and find a job in your specialty.

At the end of the OPT period, you must either apply for a temporary work visa or leave the United States. To apply for a visa, you need an employer who is ready to be your sponsor. After that, you will receive the right to issue a permanent residence permit.


In terms of the number of foreign students, Australia ranks 3rd in the world: every year about 250 thousand foreigners come to the country.

Under the terms of the student visa, international students are entitled to work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and indefinitely during the holidays.

After graduation, you can get a temporary work visa of the graduate and stay in the country for 1.5-4 years, depending on the program of study.

If you decide to enter a regional university in Australia, you will get the right to live in the country for another 1-2 years and work - the period depends on the location of the university and your residence. The visa is issued after the expiration of the first.

The chances of finding a job in Australia are quite high: in 2019, 87% of undergraduate graduates were employed, of which 72% were able to find a job within 4 months after receiving a diploma.

Whichever country you choose, there are a few tips to help you find a job after graduation:

  1. Practice while studying

Most foreign universities provide mandatory internships, work on projects together with various companies. This is a great opportunity to gain work experience already during your studies, to increase your chances of employment.

  1. Choose your university and program of study carefully

It is important to understand how much the profession is in demand, what features the program has. Pay attention to the university's indicator for the employment of graduates. If the university has a career center, it will help you find a job.

  1. Make useful acquaintances

Use all the opportunities for networking. This can be part-time work during studies, study projects, extracurricular activities, internships and simple communication with teachers, students and graduates. Many believe that this is almost the most important value of studying abroad.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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