Visas and advice
Careers and employment
Whether you need advice on working during your degree or want help developing your long-term career prospects, the University of Westminster has the facilities to guide you.
Working during your degree
Whether you are looking for work experience in your field or pocket money, the University of Westminster's Career Development Centre will help you identify part-time work that fits your abilities and your schedule. This may include internships, volunteering or any other work related to your degree, helping you further your career prospects and gain experience in your chosen field.
Working in the UK
The Career Development Centre has experience in supporting international students in employment and further study.
Your right to work
For information about your right to work, visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs website.
If you’re in the UK on a short-term study visa, you won’t be allowed to work in the UK at all.
If you have a Tier 4 (General) student visa, you need to make sure that you follow the visa work rules, otherwise you may breach your visa conditions. This is a serious offence and you would not be allowed to stay in the UK.
If you work in the UK, you’ll need a National Insurance number. Visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs website for more details on getting a National Insurance number.
Undergraduate students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) on a Tier 4 Visa must not work over 20 hours (as stated on the Visa) during term time due to Visa restrictions but can work up to 35 hours during vacation weeks or outside of term time. Postgraduate students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) on a Tier 4 Visa must not work over 20 hours (as stated on the Visa) during the year – they can only work up to 35 hours during the vacation breaks (Christmas and Easter), unless on a credit-bearing placement. Both the above include paid/unpaid work and/or regular volunteering and non-credit bearing placements.
In addition to the excellent part-time work opportunities available in London, our students run consultancies, businesses and organisations, which give you first-hand experience of real-life projects before you even graduate.
Career advice and advancement
Westminster's Career Development Centre will help you to define and achieve your career objectives. We will support you in finding work both during and after your studies.
The University's London location makes it ideally placed to work with leading employers to develop professionally relevant courses. Many of our programmes include internships that allow you to gain UK work experience. Relevant, cutting-edge course content, industry-standard equipment and teaching by leading practitioners give you the edge in an increasingly competitive job market.
Some of the many organisations we work with across a variety of courses include:
- The African Education Trust
- The BBC
- The Financial Times
- French Connection
- Ralph Lauren
- Rolls Royce
- Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Our international alumni network
Westminster has a wide network of highly successful alumni who are currently demonstrating the value of a Westminster degree all over the world.