International Student Support
Loughborough Careers Network was voted the best university careers service for international students in the 2017 International and UK Student Barometer – a survey of student views at 211 universities in the UK and overseas. Our skilled and experienced team are available to help you both explore your career options and apply for opportunities, whether in the UK or in another country.
Support for international students
Accessing advice and guidance from Careers Network can make you feel more confident with your career direction and more employable too. In addition, for careers specific queries related to being an international student, you can contact Nilesh Kavia or Humera Hodgkinson.
You can also keep up to date with the latest information, news and events on the International Student Careers Blog. The Working Abroad page also has information about finding jobs in different countries, including where to find vacancies.
Preparing for employment
The documents below are about how to best use your time at university to prepare you for future employment.
Working during your studies
Working part-time whilst at university is a great way to develop your skills and experience as well as developing confidence and cultural awareness. Our PDFs offer advice on finding work as well as information regarding work and visas:
Our Find jobs and opportunities page also has advice on finding work while you are a student.
Careers Online is the University’s own vacancy system. On this we advertise over 7000 graduate jobs, placements, internships, part-time work and voluntary roles a year; this includes vacancies from over 70 countries across a range of sectors.
*PLEASE NOTE - whilst we do our utmost to evaluate each role advertised via Careers Online please assess each opportunity carefully and consider whether or not your personal circumstances will be affected by taking up said opportunity. Whilst we have made every effort to check the roles advertised, we cannot always guarantee their authenticity*
Finding a graduate job outside the UK
As a Loughborough student, there are resources that can help you find opportunities in your home country, including Careers Online which has opportunities from many employers internationally. For more information, read the PDF below:
Finding a graduate job in the UK
Understanding the job search ‘culture’ of a new country can take time. Please see the below PDFs for more information:
You can also attend Careers Events to develop your job-searching skills, including events specifically for international students.
Our Make applications page has information and advice on how to make strong applications for opportunities in the UK, including our guidebook:
This guidebook has a section specifically for international students, including how to discuss permission to work in the UK with employers.
Visas for working in the UK
Work Permission for Non-EEA Nationals
Find out about permission to work in the UK both during and after your studies if you are an international student from outside the European Economic Area (non-EEA National).
- Permission to work during your studies for Non-EAA Nationals
- Permission to work after your studies for Non-EAA Nationals
- UK Work Experience under Tier 5 for non-EEA Nationals
There are various Visa options available for working in the UK after graduation. The list below highlights the options available.
Freeths Solicitors gave a presentation explaining these different visas. Below are the slides from the presentation:
Tier 1 - Starting or investing in a business
Tier 2 - Working as an employee after graduation
The government also run a Tier 2 Priority Service.
Tier 5 - Working for a temporary period after graduation
- Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange
- Temporary Worker – International Agreement
- Temporary Worker – Charity Worker
- Temporary Worker – Creative and sporting
- Temporary Worker – Religious Worker
- Youth Mobility Scheme
Work Permission for EEA Nationals
Find out about permission to work in the UK both during and after your studies if you are an international student from within the European Economic Area (EEA).
Free immigration solicitor's advice
International students can access free legal advice from a leading solicitors firm specialising in immigration law. Appointments are available for students, researchers and employers to discuss job related immigration queries.
Appointment priority will be given, in the following order, to selected students and researchers who are in the recruitment process with an employer (e.g. Tier 2 General applications):
- Students in discussions with an employer about a job application, job offer/interview or graduate entrepreneurs (Finalists, Master’s and PhD Students).
- Employers wishing to employ non-EEA students or researchers under Tier 2 General visa.
- A complex work-related immigration query which is not covered by the guide Permission to work after your studies for Non-EEA Nationals (above).
- Research staff with a job offer/interview.
Free one-to-one immigration solicitor appointments, where you meet a solicitor in person for immigration advice related to job applications, is available twice a year in April and November. Places are limited, so please apply as soon as possible.
Email a completed Application for solicitor IN PERSON appointment, along with your CV, to email@example.com.
Over the telephone
Free one-to-one immigration solicitor appointments, where you can speak to a solicitor on the telephone for immigration advice, is available, at any time of the year, for students, researchers and employers who meet the eligibility criteria above.
Email a completed Application for solicitor TELEPHONE appointment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Graduate Profiles
To read career stories from a selection of international Loughborough graduates, scroll down to the bottom of our Graduate Profiles page.
Information for employers
The below information can help both students wishing to speak to employers about visas and employers wanting to better understand the process of hiring an international student.
- Recruiting International Students Information for non-EEA Students
- Recruiting International Students Information for Employers
The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) have also created a guide to recruiting international graduates, including information on visas.
Employers can also request an appointment with Paragon Law immigration solicitors to discuss any queries they may have, please see the section above ‘Free Immigration Solicitor’s Advice’ on how to do this.