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Colleges and Careers Abroad. - January 28th 2010, 08:24 AM

I plan on going to college in Italy or at least somewhere in Europe. Still not sure if I'm taking a year off or not, but I'm applying just in case. The thing is, my family is really low on money right now (according to my mom, but my dad said I would be able to go to college anywhere) so I would need to get a job. I'm really bad with all of this visa stuff, so what would I need to do in order to be able to work over there?


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Re: Colleges and Careers Abroad. - January 30th 2010, 04:16 AM

This can be difficult to do, as you will likely be in the country on a study/student visa already, that usually means you can only work on-campus or not at all - as it did for me coming from England, to Canada.

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Acquiring a work permit in Europe is a challenge. It will make you feel like you’re perpetually banging your head against a wall, as you’ll often find that you can’t be granted a work permit without a job, but at the same time, most companies won’t hire you without this document.

Key Aspects of a Work Permit

1) A work permit is a non-transferable legal document that allows a non-citizen to work in the country for a specific company.
2) Technically, it is illegal to enter the country to look for work without a permit. To get a permit, you must have a valid job offer.
3) The company that hires you must be able to prove that it has made an earnest effort to fill the position with an EU citizen. This is often the reason why foreigners have many opportunities in the TEFL field, but very few legal options within the service industry.

You can save yourself a lot of stress and anxiety by applying for a permit before you leave for Europe. This document is country specific and not applicable for the entire continent. The first step is to find a job that is willing to sponsor your application for a work permit.

Ideally, it will be the company that will be applying on your behalf. However, if they are unable (or unwilling) to deal with all the paperwork, you can also go through an immigration agency, such as www.workpermit.com

Remember to obtain the necessary documents from your home consulate, as well as check the employment regulations of the country in which you intend to work. A good resource is Yahoo’s directory of embassies and consulates all over the world.
You will have to check with a university/college you're interested in what you can and can't do work wise, and what scholarships, bursaries, etc you can apply for. They should be able to provide you with all the information you need, the International office at any college you do go to will be very helpful, they're there to make everything easier for you. It's what you pay those big international fees for!

Here's a list of European Union scholarships to help you further: http://www.eastchance.com/anunt_index.asp?q=eu,sch

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Re: Colleges and Careers Abroad. - January 30th 2010, 06:42 AM

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This can be difficult to do, as you will likely be in the country on a study/student visa already, that usually means you can only work on-campus or not at all - as it did for me coming from England, to Canada.

You will have to check with a university/college you're interested in what you can and can't do work wise, and what scholarships, bursaries, etc you can apply for. They should be able to provide you with all the information you need, the International office at any college you do go to will be very helpful, they're there to make everything easier for you. It's what you pay those big international fees for!

Here's a list of European Union scholarships to help you further: http://www.eastchance.com/anunt_index.asp?q=eu,sch

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Thank you so much, especially for the scholarships!


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Re: Colleges and Careers Abroad. - January 30th 2010, 11:15 AM

One thing I would do is check with what laws various countries have on immigration and such. Some countries are pretty hard-line while others are a lot more lenient. Plus each country and uni will offer its own range of scholorships too.
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