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Cooperative Programs:

In Canada, language schools offer "Study + Work Experience/Internship" programs. But it’s important that you understand that these "Study + Work Experience" programs are cooperative programs, which means there is a period of studying followed by a period of work experience/internship and the duration of the work experience cannot exceed the duration of the studies. For example, if you study during 3 months, you cannot work for more than 3 months after, if you study during 6 months, you cannot work for more than 6 months after, etc.. So you won’t study and work the same day, and it is not a financing program that allows you to pay your studies with the remuneration of the work experience/internship: you first study during a certain amount of weeks and then you start the work experience/internship, because in Canada it is not permitted to study and work at the same time.

These kinds of programs in Canada will allow you to apply for a work visa, necessary for the work experience/internship part of the program.

Language schools offer these programs with or without a placement service (you can look for a host company by yourself or for an additional cost the school can look for a company and arrange interviews for you).

Also, in order to start the work/internship part of the program you will need to have reached an upper-intermediate level in English or French (if you are interested we will send you an English/French test in order to evaluate your level, that would be the first step).

In England, language schools offer study + work programs, but they are open to European citizens only.

Note: in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, language schools also offer cooperative programs, but they only arrange UNPAID internships.

 

 

Working and Studying at the same time:

If you are not interested in a cooperative program because you want to study and work at the same time, maybe it will be interesting for you to know that:

- In IRELAND, the study permit allows to work up to 20 hours per week in the condition that you register for a full-time English course (15 hours/week) of at least 25 weeks. Also, if you register for a 25 weeks’ course of 15 hours/week you will be able to stay up to one year in Ireland: during the first 25 weeks you have to study English at least 15 hours/week and you can work part-time (up to 20 hours/week), and the rest of the year don’t have to study and you can work up to 40 hours/week.

English courses in Ireland

 

- In SOUTH AFRICA, the study permit allows to work up to 20 hours per week in the condition that you register for a full-time English course of more than 90 days. But you can only work while you are studying, so if you stop studying to take a vacation then you cannot work legally anymore.

English school in South Africa

 

- In AUSTRALIA, the study permit allows to work up to 20 hours per week. But you have to be registered in a full-time English course (minimum 20 hours/week) and you cannot start working until your course has started.

English school in Australia

 

- In NEW ZEALAND, the study permit allows to work up to 20 hours per week in the condition that you register for a full-time English course (minimum 20 hours/week) of at least 14 weeks.

English courses in New Zealand

 

- In FRANCE, with a student visa you will be allowed to work up to 964 hours per year (60% of the legal annual work time).

French courses in France

 

So these are not really "Study + Work" programs in the sense that the job has nothing to do with the school, it is the student's responsibility to find a job if he wants to work.

IMPORTANT: for any of these countries, you will still have to prove to immigration services that you have access to enough money to sustain yourself for the duration of your stay in the country (because it can never be guaranteed that you will find a job for sure). Also it is important you understand that the jobs international students usually find while studying abroad are entry-level positions in restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, etc.