How Can I Make Money While Studying Abroad?

When making the decision of pursuing higher education, a ton of factors need to be considered. The most important factor (at least in my opinion) is money. We often ask ourselves, “Can I afford it?” Going to study abroad is no different. In most cases, many can’t afford the travel expenses, the cost of living and transportation from and to the school while in a foreign country. This is where we come in. Just as if you were attending school in the U.S., you can work part-time while going to school.  

If you weren’t able to save enough money before leaving to study abroad, don’t worry, you still have options! 

Nanny or Babysitter

This tip may vary depending on where you choose to study abroad. Getting a nanny or babysitting gig will give you the chance to learn a new language and take care of wonderful kids that probably think you’re their best friend. Besides all the great new experience that comes with this gig, you can possibly receive room, board and a stipend from the family. This will ultimately decrease the cost of your living expenses while abroad.

Most families look for people who have some caretaker experience, so be sure to practice your care-taking abilities by taking care of a relative or family friend. To search for a ton of nanny and/or babysitting jobs, consider

Tutor Other Students in Your Program

We are all good at something whether it’s a hidden talent or enjoying mathematics. A lot of college students use social media to promote their “little business”. For instance, students use Snapchat, Facebook, and any other platform to advertise their barber skills, academic assistance opportunity along with other things.

Most schools offer an academic center to help those students struggling academically, be sure to ask the front desk person about any open opportunities for students interested in tutoring. If you’re studying for more than one semester, your teacher may ask you to be their assistant for the upcoming semester. If they don’t, don’t worry!

You can always go up to your favorite teacher and ask them if they are “interested in getting additional assistance with running their class next semester”. The worst that can happen is he or she saying “No, thank you”. If this isn’t your best option, then consider advertising your own services among your group of friends. 

Look for opportunities to teach English

As the global language of business, English is often envied around the world. While studying abroad there will be a lot of foreign language speakers that you can help learn English. At the same time, you may start picking up on the foreign language. Take advantage of this opportunity!

Search for students or families interested in learning English. Connecting with students, who are interested in learning English can be fairly easy. Consider advertising your services on campus or online. Hang posters or hand out business cards around campus or post on Facebook campus groups. If you have any difficulties connecting with students, consider using Italki, Udemy, and Verbling.  

Be a dog walker

This is (personally) my all-time favorite. If you love dogs as much as I do, then this would be the perfect job for you! Make a poster or ask dog owners in the park if they need a dog walker. Who knows? Maybe at the end of the day, you will have a large group of dogs needing your walking “expertise”.

Get creative, look for a freelance gig online

Technology plays a big role in our daily lives. Many companies offer freelance opportunities in editing, programming, website design, writing, etc. Freelance opportunities have gained a lot of recognition over the past few years because it allows people to work from the comfort of their homes. You can easily sit in your room before or after class and earn some money on your own terms. The pay relies on which company you choose to work for as well as the complexity/length of the project. Keep in mind Freelancer, Fiverr, We Work Remotely and/or Jobspresso when looking for the perfect side gig. 

Work at any local store or restaurant (if your visa allows it)

If your visa grants you permission to work part-time, take it! Search for work at a local restaurant, retail store or something fun on campus. Interacting with people in your workplace will increase your chances of becoming fluent in your host country’s language in no time. 

Note: These options are only available if your visa permits it. Therefore, check out the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) work permit from the country you plan to reside in before leaving the U.S.

Whatever you choose to do, remember that your academics should still be your top priority. Be sure to only spend 10 to 20 hours per week working any job you choose. Your job options are not limited to this list, but it’s a good place to start. I’m sure there are plenty of other jobs available for you, it all comes down to you conducting a thorough search. 

I hope this list was helpful and that you get the opportunity to make some money while studying abroad. Good luck on your next adventure, and have fun!