Part-Time Work Options for International Students Studying in France

Work options for international students in France

Studying in France might seem to be an affordable affair especially since the tuition fee for most courses is reasonably priced. However, earning a few extra bucks is always helpful because there is so much to do and see in & around France while you study there! (Also read: 8 Places you Must Visit while you Study in France.)

Indian and other international students in France need to know this  - you have every right to work while you are studying in France, as long as you meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. The university or French institute you're studying in, should be part of the national student health-care plan (Sécurité sociale)
  2. If you're not a national of one of the EU countries, then you must also possess a valid residency permit (Also read: All about getting a Student Visa for France)
  3. All students are allowed to work part-time in France, even if you're in the 1st year of your program or are pursuing a language course.
  4. You are allowed to work only 964 hours annually i.e. 20 hours per week. In case you are in a 6 month program, then you are allowed 472 work hours.
  5. The national minimum hourly wage (SMIC) of France is 9.67 Euros per hour, so even if you are a part-time worker, you are eligible to get paid according to this hourly SMIC.
  6. As an international student working part-time in France while studying, you are no longer needed to possess an authorization for temporary employment (known as APT, Autorisation Provisoire de Travail) which was the norm earlier.
  7. Your job schedule must not interfere with your studies and program plan.

Types of jobs available for Indian/ international students in France

Studying abroad, especially in a country like France, requires you to save up enough money to spend on not just your educational expenses but also on exploring the beautiful country that France is.An international student from outside of European Union, can work for a maximum of 964 hours in any given year. The minimum hourly wage rate is set at €9.61 per hour (before taxes). After reducing the same, the student makes somewhere around €7.67 per hour.Here a few types of part-time work that you can consider while you are enrolled as a student in any of the universities or institutes in France:

1. Restaurant Jobs

You can get a job at the restaurants to work as an apprentice under the head chef if you like cooking or sit at the cash counter and take care of the cash transactions.

2. Jobs at universities

Most universities would have part-time jobs available for international students in the following areas: work for university's marketing team, help out with new batch of students, assisting physically disables students, work with the university social/ cultural team for main events etc. University job contracts usually don't extend beyond 1 year and allow 670 working hours between 1 Sep & 30 June and 300 hours between 1 Jul & 31 Aug.

2. Babysitting/ Nanny jobs

Looking after young children after their school hours for a couple of hours is a good job option especially if you're looking to brush up your French speaking skills. A lot of families in France are now eager to hire English-speaking nannies/ babysitters so that their kids can also pick up good English. You can look for such jobs through agencies like Repertoire de Gaspard or websites like or through which you can earn anywhere between 10-20 Euros per hour

3. English teaching jobs

You can easily get a tutor job teaching English in France especially if you possess a good and valid TOEFL score. You can sign up with an English teaching academy & offer your services. Some universities in France also have English tutor requirements. You ca also try to offer private teaching classes. Average income can vary between 900 - 1300 Euros per month.

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