International Students And Work-Study Programs

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More and more students are starting to receive their education in another country. There are plenty of perks to being an international student. You get to learn about a new culture, you get to receive memorable life experiences, and you will likely learn a new language. Some international students can then take these experiences back home and apply them to their future, and some international students decide to stay and work in the foreign country after graduation.

Along with all the benefits and perks, there are also some disadvantages to being an international student. You are often taking a journey alone without any friends or family by your side. You are asked to start a life on your own in a new country, and it can be difficult for you to communicate with other people.

Another disadvantage to being an international student is finding the funds for your education. Many of the traditional college funding programs have gone under due to the economy, and those that do exist either want you to have an American cosigner (if applying in the US) or are government funded and wont’ be given to foreign students.

But you can easily find other ways to help pay for college through a work-study program at your school.

What is a work-study program?

A work-study program is designed to help college students work part-time while attending school. These jobs can be off campus or on campus and typically only require about 10-20 hours per week so they don’t interrupt the student’s academics. In most cases, a work-study program will provide the student with minimum wage, but it could be more depending on the job at hand.

How does a work-study program benefit an international student?

Work-study programs are extremely beneficial to international students for a variety of reasons. First, international students are working with student visas. There are laws regarding student visas. International student are not allowed to work off campus during their first year of school, making it hard for them to find work. With a work-study program, international students will be able to find jobs on campus to adhere to their student visa regulations.

Second, work-study programs can help international students earn experience. Many work-study programs try to place students in jobs that are close to their area of study, so an international student will be able to gain first hand experience of their job field. Since many employers are hesitant to hire international students, the work-study program gives international students a change to gain real experience without being discriminated against.

Finally, work-study programs can help international students pay for school. Because many international students cannot find loans, they are forced to pay for school themselves. A work-study program allows them to be able to work to earn money to pay for school. In some cases, the student can give their paycheck back to the school to pay for tuition, books or other expenses. The student can also keep the money and use it to pay for other school necessities on their own.

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Carman Navaro is a bilingual student adviser. Carman utilizes her skills as a translator and transcriptionist to help international students with documentation and to secure employment while attending school.

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