Careers Planning for International Students

Below are some important resources and areas of advice specifically for international students in addition to all of the general information on the main Career Planning pages.


Work Experience | Working in the UK International Career Cv & Application Careers Consultant 

Career Events Postgraduate Studies Language Support | Society Student profiles |

Work Experience During Study

As a graduate you certainly need a strong academic record, but work experience is also crucial. You can gain transferable skills and commercial awareness from internships, part-time jobs and voluntary activities, and employers expect to see evidence of this in addition to great academic performance. Moreover, 'an 8 week internship at PwC' sometimes sounds more impressive that '85% in Sequences and Series' to potential employers.

There are a few things you need to be aware of when organising work experience as an international student.

  • Most international students are able to work for up to 20 hrs per week and full time during vacations (there are regulations surrounding “vacation periods” for postgrads). For the latest information please see the Advice Team’s Working During Your Studies web pages.
  • You don't want to end up paying more tax than you should, did you know that international students working in the UK need a National Insurance number? Learn more about Tax and National Insurance on the Careers Service Find a Job page on Tax and NI.

Finding Work after Graduation

Working in the UK

It's well-known that one of the main challenges facing international students is the work visa. There are generally four visa options for those who want to work in the UK after graduation. More information about these can be found via the following links:

Tier 1 - Graduate Entrepreneur - for starting a business in the UK
Tier 2 - Employer sponsored visa
Tier 4 - Doctoral Extension Scheme for PhD students
Tier 5 - Short term career related experience in the UK

Each option has its own pros and cons. For Tier 2, you can extend your stay and no labour market test is needed, however, you’ll need the sponsorship certificate and have to pass the points-based assessment, which includes a minimum salary. The new Tier 5 may sound more attractive as there are no employer and salary requirements, but the drawback is having to leave the UK afterwards. This Further Advice and Help page will direct you to the appropriate contacts and services for more detailed guidance on Visas and Immigration.

For detailed information on finding a job here after graduation and further help and advice, visit the Careers Service pages on Working in the UK After Study.

International Careers

Alternatively, you may wish to return home or work in another country after graduation. Be proactive and keep in touch with global job markets whilst still in the UK and maximise your experience as a UK student- international employers will want to see how studying in the UK has developed your skills and English Language fluency.

Familiarise yourself with global employers and adapt your CV for the relevant country or company. You can read more about working and finding vacancies in a variety of countries on the following pages:

  • Going Global – login to CareersLink and read their country -specific careers guides and job postings. CareersLink is available to students for a further 2 years after graduation.
  • Work and Study Overseas - these Careers Service pages include detailed information on working in over 20 different regions and the main companies and industries you will find there.
  • AGCAS Country Guides for International Students - these offer practical advice to international students who have chosen to return to their home country to look for work. Each country guide includes key facts about current trends and jobs, advice about seeking employment, hints and tips for making a successful application, and helpful information sources.

CVs and Applications

Have you adapted your CV to the format and style which UK employers demand? UK employers will be interested to know how your existing skills and previous work experience are relevant to their business and to the position for which you are applying.

Do you want to learn how to explain relevant experience in a certain field and show your related knowledge and motivations? Explore UK styles and successful strategies with our CV support for international students.

Careers Consultant - Karen Butterworth

Meet with The School of Mathematics, Careers Consultant Karen Butterworth. If you need advice on a job application or updating your CV, book an appointment with Karen.

To book appointments visit CareersLink, ‘make an appointment’ and look for Maths Alan Turing Appointments. 

Postgraduate Study

If you are considering postgraduate study, the University offers a number of Postgraduate Research Programmes. The School of Maths' Fees and Funding page includes information and advice for international students. The School has a number of Overseas School Scholarship Awards. These awards normally constitute the tuition fees and are awarded competitively. The scholarships are initially awarded for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

If you are looking into studying elsewhere, you can visit the Postgraduate Study Fair held at Manchester Central in November, which is attended by over 90 institutions from both the UK and abroad.

Events and Networking

There are many opportunities you can take advantage of as an international student here at The University of Manchester. Be proactive - attend events, workshops and careers fairs to familiarise yourself with global job markets and employers. Find out how you can boost your chances of success both in the UK and globally.

  • Make the most of CareersLink - the wide range of events and opportunities you will find there are updated every day.
  • There are specialist job fairs right here on campus, including the China Recruitment Fair in October and the Pakistan Job Fair in June.
  • Don't underestimate the importance of social media. If you're looking for a job back home, the following LinkedIn groups enable students to connect with alumni and prospective recruiters and organisations online.

Africa Manchester Graduate Network
China Manchester Graduate Network
India Manchester Graduate Network
Pakistan Manchester Graduate Network

Language Support

The University language centre provides a range of support classes and tutorials for Manchester students who may need support with their English language. To register for the support session you will need to complete the online diagnostic test and once completed it will guide you whether you need to attend these sessions or not.  The classes are free of charge for University students and usually begin during ythe second week of October. Take a look at the website for detailed information regarding the support classes; timetables and registration links will be updated at the start of September.


The University has students from all over the world and there are several organisations and societies to ensure you make the most of your time in the UK. The International society organises various events and activities for all international students. The Student Union also has several societies run by students from the Chinese Students and Scholars Association to Manchester Mauritian Society

International student profiles‌

Sophia Xing

Summer Intern
Bank of China, London

John Zhang


 International Student Employability Intern, Careers Service

Alice Can Fan

Alice is studying Actuarial Science and Mathematics.

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