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Support for International Student

As an international student you can benefit from personalised support from Employability & Careers including expert 1-1 advice, tailored online resources and networking events.

As an international student it is important that you engage with us early on in your studies to develop your career plan and gain an understanding of the UK job market and recruitment timelines.

Student Circus: Graduate Jobs, Placement &  Internships

Student Circus

Student Circus is an online jobs platform specifically for International Students helping you connect with opportunities and employers who proactively recruit International Students.

You have unlimited access to thousands of filtered visa-enabled opportunities in the UK & handpicked opportunities in your home country, along with other resources on the platform.

How can you sign up?

Advice  Consultations

International students can benefit from one-to-one support from a dedicated Adviser through our advice consultations. We can help you with your career plans, job search strategy and anything else career-related. Our Adviser can also give you feedback on applications for the UK job market.

Please note that we cannot give visa advice.

Booking an Advice Consultation

International Students can access and book appointments via Handshake, all appointments are online for your convenience and with a dedicated Adviser.

When booking an advice appointment, you will be able to select the best date and time that suits you. Once your appointment has been confirmed, you will receive an email notification and joining instructions. You may be asked to register and create a profile before you can book an appointment.

Working in Northern Ireland & the UK

If you want to work in Northern Ireland & the UK during your studies or after graduation, you need to check your visa regulations.

We can't give you immigration advice personalised to your circumstances, but the information below can point you in the right direction.

What we can do is support your ambitions, whether that be finding experience opportunities whilst you study or if you are looking for work in the UK after you graduate.

  • Working during your studies

    If you're an international student on a Tier 4 student visa/Student route visa, you can do paid, unpaid or voluntary work up to 20 hours a week during term-time and your vacation restrictions will depend on your course structure.

    Please check out: UK Government Student Visa and NI Direct website for the most update information.

    At Ulster University, we offer all students the opportunity to undertake part-time work within the University via UUTemps. To find out more on UUTemps and how to sign up please click here.

  • Working in Northern Ireland & the UK after graduation

    If you're an international student looking to work in the UK after graduation, it's important you research the options and check the visa regulations.

    The Graduate Route visa was introduced in 2021, this allows International Graduates who attended Northern Ireland and UK Universities to stay in the country for a further two years while they search for a Graduate Job.

    Please check out: UK Government Graduate Visa for the most update information.

  • Other useful websites
    • UKCISA – the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is the UK's national advisory body serving the interests of international students and this link provides a useful summary of visa routes for international students.
    • Register of licensed sponsors: workers – List of organisations licensed to sponsor workers on the Worker and Temporary Worker immigration routes.
    • Applying for a National Insurance Number – you will need a National Insurance Number if you live in the United Kingdom (UK), have the right to work in the UK and you’re working, looking for work, or have an offer to start work.
    • Student Circus – visit their blog for the latest insights on hiring trends, employers, and visa updates.