Best Part Time Jobs in France for International Students

Best Part Time Jobs in France for International Students

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Anumika Bahukhandi
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 00:15 IST

Studying in France is a captivating thought while planning to study abroad. However, studying and living there is an expensive affair. In order to manage the expenses, international students can take up part-time jobs in France. And with so much to see and do in the country, a little extra money can be a great advantage to any student. The article will throw light on the part-time jobs available for international students in France, ways to get them and the compensation offered.

Best Part Time Jobs in France for International Students

Overseas students can work in cafes, call centres, and restaurants and can even provide tuition classes. Part-time job roles such as that of library assistants, research assistants, etc., are also offered by a few universities on campus 

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Benefits of Part-Time Jobs in France

Given below are some of the benefits of having a part-time job in France:

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  • Exposure: As an international student, you are going to get exposure while doing part-time jobs in France. You are going to learn a lot about business, culture, and finances in France. This experience will help you enhance your resume and your market value will increase once you graduate.
  • Extra Earnings: Earning that extra income through a part-time job will help you cover your cost of living and offset some part of the tuition fee for studying abroad.
  • Skill Development: It is a fact that when you are doing a part-time job in France, you are going to carve out a niche for yourself and learn about so many different things. Additionally, you are going to develop new skills while doing any part-time job in France.
  • Networking: While doing a part-time job in France, you are going to get the opportunity to network. You are going to build new relationships with great people while doing the part-time job.

Ways to Get Part-Time Jobs in France

In order to get part-time opportunities in France, you can follow any of the ways given below:

  • You can inquire from the university about the jobs that are available for international students. Almost all the good institutes have a dedicated career centre which can help them find suitable part-time on-campus and off-campus jobs. One can also approach them and ask for help with resume writing as well as job interviews.
  • Confirm the job positions from your seniors and professors. They will guide you to the best positions available in different fields.
  • Also, you can check the newspapers and bulletin boards of your university.
  • You can check for the jobs around your neighbourhood online over the job portals.
  • France has multiple job firms which can assist you in getting placed into a part-time job as per your qualifications, interests and skills.
  • Direct applications may also be sent to companies which hold their interest by students searching for part-time opportunities

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Part-Time Jobs in France: Rules and Regulations

When you decide to Study in France, you are bound to wonder about the many rules regarding the part-time work options in France for International Students. Hence, before we list out the many possibilities open, here’s what the laws suggest and how much you can earn while studying in France. 

  1. An international student from outside of the European Union, which is what Indian students are, can work for a maximum of 964 hours in any given year provided,
    1. The university they are working for does not have any objection to the same
    2. The student has a valid residency permit
    3. Students need not obtain temporary employment authorisation, Autorisation Provisoire de Travail (APT - Temporary Work Permit) anymore. The residency permit has an inbuilt clause for the same.
  2. All students in France, including the students enrolled in the first year of university as well as students enrolled in a language program, are eligible to work in France.
  3. Your job schedule should not interfere with your studies and program structure at the concerned university
  4. The minimum wage rule applies to all working students. The minimum hourly wage rate is set at €10.57 per hour (before taxes). After reducing the same, the student makes somewhere around €8.61 per hour.
  5. Cumulatively, a student can earn somewhere around €7900 per year or just above INR 6 lakhs a year. Though this is not enough to compensate for the high cost of living, it is surely a handy pocket allowance.
  6. Those who are pursuing a 6-month program are allowed to work for 472 hours.
  7. A student can also apply for and get employment at the university s/he is studying in or at any other higher institute/ university. Students at a university are offered a contract for one year that covers the period of 1 September through 31 August. The time is split in the manner
    1. Maximum of 670 hours in the period between 1 September and 30 June (part-time)
    2. Up to 300 hours between July 1 and August 31 (full-time)

It is important to remember that some courses might have an in-built internship. These programs usually do not allow students to take up part-time work. Irrespective of the laws, if the program does not permit a student to work part-time, they cannot work. It is, hence, important to check with the University regarding the same.

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Part-Time Jobs in France for International Students

A lot of part-time job options will be there in France for international students. There are different divisions of jobs that have been listed below:

University Part-Time Jobs: In order to gain some extra earnings, French universities offer a number of part-time jobs to international students. The part-time jobs that a student can take up at the university are at the Administrative office, library, bookstore, cafeteria, tech support, and as a campus guide.

Assistantship: At times, many professors in French universities enrol bright and deserving students under their mentorship by employing them part-time. By doing so, international students can earn as well as get some knowledge. These jobs are usually open to master's/ research scholars. The job includes assisting the professors which could include taking tutorials, assisting in the research, writing the literature, etc.

Check: Cost of Living in France for Indian Students

Off-Campus Part-Time Jobs in France for International Students

Besides having part-time job options available on campus, there will be ample of options for part-time jobs off-campus as well. Some of the off-campus jobs that students can take up are:

  • Cashier
  • Customer Service
  • Translator
  • Personal Tutor
  • Driver
  • Babysitter

Part-Time Job Salary in France for International Students

According to the field or a part-time job that students will opt for, they can get a minimum hourly wage of 7.61 EUR. Some of the jobs and their average salaries are given below:


Average Pay Per Hour

Private Tutor

20-27 EUR / hour

Teaching Assistant

21 EUR / hour

Uber Driver

20 EUR / hour


21-27 EUR / hour


15 EUR / hour


10 EUR / hour

So, take your pick. Whether it is a job at the mall, or the supermarket or indeed the corner café, no matter which you choose, you are sure to live the famous French life. These jobs are a great opportunity for students to improve their language skills, network with locals, and also earn that extra pocket allowance to enjoy their time in one of the prettiest countries in the world. Furthermore, with improved Post Study Work Permits for Indian students, Universities in France offer an added advantage to study abroad aspirants.

Read More: How International Students can study in France for free?


Q. Can international students do part-time jobs in France?

A. Yes, overseas students pursuing higher education in France are allowed to do part-time jobs, provided they fulfil the set conditions. They can pick up employment and work for a maximum of 964 hours every year (20 hours per week) during term time and full-time during vacations. In order to be considered eligible for part-time work, students should be holding a valid student visa as well as a residence permit. Please keep in mind that searching for a job in France can be a bit difficult as many employers require individuals who know French. So it will be a good idea if you enhance your French language proficiency before applying for a job.

Q. What are the part-time jobs in France for international students?

A. France offers multiple part-time employment opportunities for overseas students pursuing higher education there. You can be a language tutor if you're fluent in your native language or any other language and provide tuition to French locals who are willing to learn the same. If you love kids and are responsible you may babysit the children of families who require help with the same. There are also various cafes, hotels, and bars in the country which are in need of part-time staff or workers, especially during the busy tourist season. Apart from these, there are many other options available that one can explore.

Q. How much minimum wage in France an international student can earn per hour?

A. SMIC or Salaire Minimum Interprofessionnel de Croissance is the term for minimum wage for employees in France. In January 2023, it was €10.25 gross per hour. Employers are supposed to give atleast this much amount to their workers irrespective of their experience or age. If you're an overseas student in France, you can take up part-time employment and can expect to obtain atleast the SMIC rate every hour. Which industry are you working in will also decide your compensation. So, those in retail and hospitality might obtain a bit more than the minimum wage.

Q. Can I work more than 20 hours on a student visa in France?

A. As mentioned earlier, overseas students from outside Switzerland, the European Union, and European Economic Area can take up employment for a maximum of 964 hours every year, i.e 20 hours every week. But there are some exceptions as well. So, if you're an international student who is in France for atleast two years and have been pursuing higher education for atleast one year, you might be permitted to work for more than 20 hours every week. In such a case you will have to get your visa status changes from a student visa to a work visa or temporary residence permit for jobs that allow compensation.

Q. How can I find a part-time job in France?

A. There are a lot of ways to find a part-time job in France. You can confirm the part-time job openings at your university. On top of this, you can ask about the research assistantship or graduate assistantship with your university and apply for that. You can also contact your professors/mentors and confirm the part-time job options. France also has various websites such as Indeed, Monster, Pole Emploi, etc., which can help you with your job hunt. You can create your profile on these websites and set your requirements as well. You may also seek help from your classmates, who may be locals, and learn about the available job options.

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3 weeks ago

Dear sir now I am in france Lyon. I need part time job in Lyon

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vicky kumawat

2 years ago

Hey, anyone for Sept intake 2021 for France, Looking for room mate, as i am going France with student loan, So we can just help each other out.

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Amarjeet Sharma

2 years ago

I will be coming in jan 2022 in paris

Hii! Is it necessary to know french language to get part time job as a student in Paris ?

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Piyush Kohli

2 years ago

Hi Ashfiya, it is not mandatory, however, it is always good to know the regional language.



2 years ago

Hello I'm a student pursuing bachelor's degree in arts from my local university and belong from a lower class family of India and i wanna study for post graduation in an European country and honestly want to explore too but i don't know how.

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Piyush Kohli

2 years ago

Hi Sumiran, you can refer to the below URL and check out the eligibility criteria for the list of scholarships available for studying master's in humanities:


Hritik Pandey

2 years ago

Sir I'm in 12th class with pcb and I want to study bachelors in hospitality and tourism management in France .So what is the process for applying french universities and how many years I can work in france after completing my study there?

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Piyush Kohli

2 years ago

Hi Hritik, please refer to the below URL and check out the list of universities offering hospitality courses in France: Refer to the below URLs and learn about the application process in France:


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