Studying abroad is always exciting, no matter how old you are or what you’re studying. After all, you’re learning from the university of life and broadening your mind by meeting new people, discovering new places and immersing yourself in new cultures.
Unfortunately, it can also be expensive. On top of the usual living costs, you’ll need to come up with some money to be able to fully experience your new country. Tourism costs money, and it’s difficult to see everything you want to see when there’s nothing inside your wallet.
That’s why it can be a good idea to earn some extra money while you’re studying abroad, but at the same time you’ll need to make sure that you’re not accidentally breaking the law. Check your visa before you start sending out your CV.
If your visa allows you to work, you’re ready to get started. Here are just a few different ways to make money while you’re studying in a foreign country.
1. Become a tutor
One great way to earn money is to pass on your knowledge to the next generation. Consider taking on the role of tutor by teaching your mother tongue to local kids. You can often find people looking for tutors in local papers and message boards, as well as on social networking sites. You can also advertise your own services in the same places.
Babysitting doesn’t necessarily pay well, but it’s often good enough if you’re just trying to earn a little spending money. Better still, it gives you a chance to catch up with some studying after the kids are asleep, and it can also help you to pick up the local language. Again, you can find these opportunities in local newspapers and online classified ads.
3. Help tourists
Use online forums and discussion sites to hook up with tourists from your home country and offer your services as a tour guide. You’ll be able to offer the best of both worlds by offering a taste of the local culture with a homely twist – and once you start to build up your reputation, you’ll find that people are coming to you through word of mouth. You won’t have to go out and find them anymore.
4. Help at the university
Universities are so much more than simple learning institutions. Ask around at bars, restaurants, shops and libraries on campus to see if there’s any work going, or approach specific departments and offer your services as an assistant. Even if the jobs don’t pay well, they’ll look great on your CV when it comes to graduation.
5. Get a part time job
This one is similar to the last tip except you’ll have to go out into the local community. Keep your eyes peeled in supermarkets, shops and restaurants and look online for part-time gigs that you can handle with your grasp of the language and current skillsets.
6. Write essays
If you’ve got a way with words, you may be able to find work as an academic essay writer. There are plenty of companies out there, like aussiewritings.com, which are taking on writers to meet the demand – and it means you get to boost your written skills and learn something new while earning some cash to spend as you travel the country.
Freelancing isn’t for everyone, but if you have a skill that’s in demand and the skills to pitch to clients and get the work done, it’s a great way to earn some extra money. Try sites like Fiverr, PeoplePerHour and Upwork to get started and remember that you haven’t lost anything if nothing comes of it – but that it could also lay the foundation for a new career once you graduate.
8. Work as an affiliate
Many companies offer cash rewards to people who bring in new customers. An example of this is Amazon, which pays bloggers a small fee every time one of their readers clicks through and makes a purchase. But you may also be able to work as an affiliate at local businesses such as nightclubs by receiving a commission for every person you bring in on a Friday night.
By now, you should have a good idea of how earning some extra income while working abroad can help you to make the most of your time in a different country.
Of course, you’ll still want to familiarise yourself with potential pitfalls. For instance, you’ll want to check your visa to see how many hours you’re legally allowed to work, and you’ll also want to familiarise yourself with taxation laws in case you’re expected to pay levies on your income.
That said, every job is different, and some jobs – such as freelancing – are exempt. Everyone’s situation is different, and you’ll need to carry out some research to find out what works best for you. Good luck.
About author: Olivia is a journalist who is always ready to experience new things and share this experience with others. She is passionate about art and writing. Therefore, she usually spends time writing new articles or travelling around the world. Follow Olivia on Facebook and Twitter.