Find out everything you need to know about working during your studies or after you leave Sussex, including visa requirements, how to apply for jobs, and where to get careers support and advice.

Getting a National Insurance number

As well as the right visa, if you haven’t worked in the UK before, you'll also need a National Insurance (NI) number.

You can apply online. If you find a job before your NI number arrives, you should still be able to start work as long as you can prove your right to work in the UK.

Working with a visitor visa

You cannot work in the UK if you hold a visitor visa. You must hold a valid working visa to earn money in the UK.

Find out about the different visas people can get if they’re studying or working at Sussex.

Careers support and advice 

You can receive information and guidance from our careers team online via Ask a Question. You can send us your CV or applications for written feedback. 

Look out for our specific workshops and events for international students, covering finding and applying for jobs in the UK, visas and returning home. You can also find recordings of any sessions that we run.

We also offer 20-minute appointments with a Careers Consultant. This can be in person, by phone or via Zoom. You can make an appointment via CareerHub. Advance appointments can be booked up to two weeks ahead and on-the-day appointments can be booked from 9am each weekday.

You can get help with:

  • applications
  • career exploration
  • finding work experience and placements
  • graduate opportunities
  • further study
  • interview preparation. 

Term dates

See our academic year dates to check your study schedule.