04 January 2024

Balancing work and studies can be a challenging but rewarding endeavour. For international students in Singapore, working part-time offers an opportunity to gain real-world work experience and manage personal finances while studying. However, it's crucial to understand the local regulations and restrictions governing student employment.


Qualifying for Part-Time Work

International students can undertake part-time work in Singapore if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Valid student visa: To work part-time, students must be in Singapore on a valid student visa.

  2. Minimum age: Students must be at least 14 years old.

  3. School's policy: Students must be enrolled in a school that allows part-time work. Not all institutions permit students to engage in part-time employment, so it is crucial to check on the institution you are enrolling with. 

  4. Not an exchange student: Students enrolled as exchange students in a school are typically not allowed to work part-time.


Infographic about Working Part-Time in Singapore as an International Student. 


Institutions That Permit Part-Time Work

It's essential to note that Singapore imposes restrictions on the schools where students are permitted to do part-time work. Permitted schools include local polytechnics and junior colleges, selected international schools, and public universities such as the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and Singapore Management University (SMU). A select few private universities, such as SP Jain School of Global Management and INSEAD, also fall under this category. You may check the full list of institutions via the government website (linked here).


Working Hours

Singapore also imposes restrictions on working hours for international students. During the school semester, students are permitted to work up to 16 hours per week or partake in an industrial attachment programme conducted by their educational institution. During vacation periods, there are no time restrictions, offering more flexibility.


Job Opportunities

To explore part-time job opportunities, you may want to check out websites like Jobs Central, GrabJobs, and FastJobs.

While the cost of living for international students in Singapore is affordable, working part-time in Singapore is a great opportunity for international students to gain real-world experiences, but it is important to keep in mind the rules and regulations. Learn more about how to budget towards studying in Singapore with Flying Chalks’ article “The Real Cost of Studying in Singapore: A Comprehensive Breakdown”. 

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