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Should international students work in their first year of study?

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    Institute of Technology Carlow

    Institute of Technology Carlow

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    Although students are entitled to work under the terms of their Irish residence permit, they can work up to 20 hours per week during term and 40 hours per week during holidays. We don't really recommend it. We prefer that the students study and focus on their studies. There's a lot of pressure in that regard. So our recommendation is that you don't work and study, but if you have to do that, you can.

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    California State University, San Bernardino

    California State University, San Bernardino

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    So should you get a student worker position in your first semester at the university, every student is different. For some students who've had that experience from high school or previous university studies of balancing work and academic responsibilities, they find that that balance really helps them keep their focus in both areas. Only you will be the best judge to know whether you want to take on that responsibility early in your studies. Always remember to keep your academic studies as your top priority.

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