BEST COUNTRIES TO WORK AND STUDY FOR NIGERIAN STUDENTS
Lots of students have always wished for the opportunity to study outside Nigeria, but they can’t.
It’s either they’re naive on how to go about it or they just don’t have the means to.
On the other hand, lots of people have traveled out; your neighbor next door might be working on his visa.
A man once said that the ambition of every Nigerian is to say that I miss Nigeria, yeah, that’s a bit hilarious, from my perspective.
But let’s cut the chase and be honest with ourselves here, if we all had the opportunity, most of us would love rich study abroad experience. However, have you ever stopped and asked yourself this question – “WHAT IS MY PLAN?”
What do you plan on doing when you step out of the shores and borders of your home? Yes we know that there are lots of opportunities out there but without plan, you may end up with regrets.
Lots of people in the past have been deceived and tricked, they’ve been misled and dragged into sticky situations but you don’t have to go through that.
So why don’t you grab a chilled bottle of coke and read this article.
What’s your purpose?
First, like I mentioned earlier, many want to leave Nigeria to search for greener pastures, but the question is, what do you do once you’ve gotten there? You need to have a plan for standard living in a foreign country.
Well, this might just be the article you need to turn things around for you.
Over the years, several avenues have come up to help students. I know we are all familiar with scholarships and how it has helped several individuals to make their fantasies actual realities but there has also been the emergence of what I refer to as work and study.
This is a way by which students can take care of their finances, working and studying has helped several students to cope with other demands while studying. It is important to note that apart from your tuition fees there are other expenses that you need to attend to. Such expenses include; accommodation, feeding, transportation, just to mention a few. I know that you might think is impossible for you to cope with all these expenses but don’t worry, there are countries that encourage working and studying. here is a list of the best countries to work and study for Nigerian students
UNITED STATES: Around 75,000 international students enter into American universities every year, despite the high cost of living and the fees people still come to the US. All you need is to get your F-1 visa, which is given to international students.
The F-1 has so many packages attached with it, students who use the F-1 visa can’t work for private organizations, but they can work for the university that they’ve been admitted into.
They are allowed around 19 hours of work per week during school hours and more than 30 hours of work per week during the vacation period, although there is an exemption to not being able to work for private institutions. You can only take on internship or work for private institutions after taking permission from certain organizations.
- Canada: The system of education in this country allows students to gather relevant work experience while studying in higher institution. Hence, it is an opportunity for international students to earn money from part time jobs. Even though you need to show that you have enough financial ability for your education before being granted visa, Canada students visa allow you to work for up to 20 hours a week. This golden opportunity can make you stand a better chance of getting job after your study and even position you for permanent residence status in Canada. Student jobs in Canada come in any of the ways highlighted below:
- Working off-campus: work for up to 20 hours during academic session and full time during breaks.
- Co-op/internships: Certain courses of study in Canada come with a form of work experience program called Co-op/internship. During this time, student work fulltime for a session or two as a part of their study requirement.
- On-campus jobs. Your school can also offer you on-campus jobs during your study period.
- FRANCE: The country is known for his beautiful sights and the romantic feeling through the air. It also has a good education system. However, most of their undergraduate classes are taken in French and those offered in English language can be expensive. As an international student in France, you will be able to work with both private institutions and the universities, but you need a residency card, you could say that it is similar to the F-1 visa; they don’t have much work restriction unlike the US.
- UNITED KINGDOM: The United Kingdom is a good place for international students to study and also work, you need a Tier 4 visa which is given to those who want to studying there for about 5 months. A work permit is what will enable you to work there for about 10-20 hours per week. This work permit is given to international students who are admitted into institutions that are funded with government funds.
- GERMANY: Though they speak an entirely different language (German), that doesn’t stop them from opening their borders to international students. International students are allowed 120 days to work, you’re also allowed to work in the institution you’ve been admitted in. To do so, you will need to get a permit. If you’re taking on a language course you will only be able to work during vacation periods alone.
As profitable as working and studying might seem it is important to know that you still need other aids to help you apart from working and studying, you need financial grants and scholarships; this would also increase your chances of getting your visa.
Getting an admission into a university is not enough; you need to be able to convince them that you can cope with the financial expenses there. A scholarship or a grant could boost your chances of getting a visa. Getting a visa is important but being able to sustain yourself once you get there is very important especially if your scholarship is not enough to see you through a semester.
However, working and studying makes you gain a wealth of experience, it helps you to know more about the country and create greater possibilities of being able to work in that country.
Most companies recruit not only outstanding individuals but those with good experience and those who know the topography of the labour market.
In conclusion, don’t let your knowledge end by just reading this article. Take the opportunities embedded in the countries highlighted and make the best use of the experience when you finally get it.