Working as a Bulgarian Student in Europe: What You Need to Know About Work Permits

As more and more students choose to study abroad, many are also interested in working while pursuing their education. Nevertheless, international students often have a lot of questions about the process, including whether it's possible, how to do it if a work permit is needed, the number of hours allowed, and how much can I make.

These questions are not trivial, as they show that the topic is important to students.

To help answer these questions, conducted a study and provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

Some countries may also require that the student has already secured a job offer before applying for a work permit.

24,794 students from Bulgaria studied abroad in the last academic year (according to UNESCO)

Let's find out how the regulations in some of the top European study destinations stand:

  • Germany is also a popular destination for international students, ranked #2 in Europe for accessing higher quality teaching and #3 in Europe for achieving career goals. As of 2021/22, 416,437 international students have studied in Germany. 

International students are allowed to work in Germany, with the option to work full-time for up to 120 days or part-time for 240 half-days without requiring a work permit. Additionally, the minimum wage in Germany is €12 per hour.

  • Switzerland is a highly-ranked destination for international students seeking personal and career development. It is ranked #5 in the world and #3 in Europe for personal development, as well as #1 in Europe for achieving career goals. In the 2022 academic year, 74,440 international students studied in Switzerland.


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