The University of Bolton has a large number of international students from across the world, who bring with them a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience. Not only do they provide unique global perspectives, they can also diversify your workforce to give you a competitive edge.

Here are some of the benefits that international students can bring:

  • Language skills
  • Cultural awareness
  • Knowledge of UK and overseas business
  • Overseas contacts and networks
  • Business and technical skills
  • Creating a diverse workforce

Students during their studies

A Tier 4 student visa allows most international students to work part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week) during term time and full time during the holidays.

However, they must not fill a full time permanent vacancy or work as self employed or as an entertainer or sportsperson.

During their studies they can undertake a course related work experience placement or internship from a UK employer, provided it is approved by the University, and it does not take up more than 50% of the total duration of the course.

From March 2010, international students studying below degree level, but not students on foundation degree courses, are only permitted to work a maximum of 10 hours a week during term time and full time during the holidays.

Students who have recently completed their studies

It is possible for companies wishing to employ international graduates to apply to become sponsors under the Tier 2 sponsorship arrangements. This is a complicated area of legislation, on which we are unable to give advice. Further information and guidance is available at: and from specialist solicitors.