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    Things Students Need to Know About Working in Italy
    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    Italy is a wonderful country to live in and pursue higher education. More and more international students are looking forward to moving to Italy to study in some of its finest universities. However, it is important for students to be familiar with the job scenario in the country. After all, a job is required to help pay at least a percentage of the finances required for the duration of their stay in the country.

    Necessity of Jobs

    Students require a job for various reasons. In some cases, the students will want to pursue certain jobs to gain work experience in their chosen field. Some students need jobs to ease the financial strains associated with studying in a foreign country. By working in Italy, international students can ensure that they get extra money to use in their daily expenses.

    It is a fact that the job opportunities will not be particularly rewarding financially for a student compared to a professional. The amount earned by the international students will not be enough to cover the tuition expenses. On an average, the hourly pay for international students in Italy is € 5 to € 15.

    Nonetheless, international students in Italy can make use of a number of employment opportunities to earn money. The students will need to ensure that they follow the applicable rules while getting work in the country. There are quite a few rules that govern the employment of international students in Italy.

    Rules for Students from European Union Countries

    International students whose native countries are a part of the European Union have a different set of rules governing their job opportunities. They do not require a work permit in order to get jobs and work in Italy. However, the working hours of the student should not be more than 20 hours per week. This is only applicable if the term at their universities is in session. On the other hand, the students are free to work fulltime during their vacations if they want.

    Rules for Students from Other Countries

    If the student is not from a country that is a part of the European Union, then there are different set of rules that need to be followed. Their working status is governed by different regulations.     First of all, the immigration authorities will place a restriction stamp on the passports of international students that are going to be studying in Italy for a long period of time.

    The presence of such a stamp means that the students will be limited in their job opportunities. They will not be able to work over 20 hours each week. They can only hold such jobs part-time when their university is in session. On the other hand, international students can work fulltime over the vacation and holiday periods.

    These international students are not allowed to become self-employed in Italy. They cannot own businesses nor are they allowed to represent Italy in sports in a professional capacity. If the course of the international students lasts less than 6 months, the immigration authorities will put a prohibition stamp on their passports. This bars the students from working in any capacity in Italy. International students who break these rules are liable to pay a fine of up to € 1,000.

    Job Opportunities for International Students

    It is not very difficult to get jobs in Italy. Knowledge of the Italian language can be helpful in getting jobs faster. Some of the jobs open for international students are given below.


    Assistants at trade fairs

    Call centre agents

    Jobs in the media sector

    Jobs in the IT sector

    University jobs such as library assistants

    Students can apply for a suitable job as per their interest, understanding and need.

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