Work as a Student in Italy - A Complete Guide for Internationals

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Meridean Overseas

Updated On 04 February 2023 & Read Time 6 minutes



A well-said quote by J.K. Rowling– “The world is full of wonderful things you haven’t seen yet. Don’t ever give up on the chance of seeing them.” The perks of visiting historic sites, exploring the rich culture, and eating delicious food along with quality education might have convinced you to study in Italy. Let us tell you that a study-abroad journey is the most enjoyable and crucial part of your life. Make sure you gain the most memorable experience while studying abroad.

It’s not only about education and the grades you score but also about how you overcome real-life challenges and manage your things while studying abroad. One of the most challenging things that you might face while studying in Italy is a language barrier and cultural differences. Generally, in Italy, localities use their native language only, which might not be friendlier for you. Coming from an Indian background, where you were being pampered and taken care of everything, and then moving to a completely different environment that is not even familiar to you is itself an overwhelming thing. But you must not forget that- “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”.

Work While Studying in Italy

One of the great ways to explore and indulge yourself in a multicultural environment is to work while studying in Italy. An Italian student visa allows you to work part-time alongside your studies for up to 20 hours per week during the regular course curriculum. Whereas you are allowed to work for up to 40 hours per week and earn some extra bucks during breaks. Well, the most beneficial fact about an Italian student visa is that it allows you to travel to 27 other countries in Europe. Yes, you heard it right; since Italy is included in the Schengen countries of Europe, you can easily work or travel to other countries which are part of the Schengen visa, including Germany, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Finland, and the Netherlands.

Coming back to working while being a student in Italy, doing a part-time job in Italy is a brilliant way to make money for your education. Well, another concern that you have is finding part-time job options in Italy. Let me be a little honest here, finding a part-time job in Italy is a little difficult task initially if you are not aware of the Italian language. Well, don’t worry, have a strong command over the English language and start finding jobs. Once you gather your courage and start finding, you’ll be surprised to know that there are ample numbers of jobs from which you will be able to make money for your expenses.

Part-time Job Salary in Italy

Now, you must have been curious about knowing what the average part-time job salary in Italy for international students is. Let us tell you that the average part-time job salary for international students in Italy is between 10 euros to 15 euros per hour. So, if we do the math, a student can earn between 800 euros to 1200 euros per month in Italy. Another question that will definitely pop up in your mind is whether the part-time job salary is enough to manage your cost of studying and living in Italy. Let me tell you the average cost of living in Italy is around 400 euros to 600 euros per month. If we compare the average cost of living with part-time income, international students can easily bear their living expenses in Italy through part-time job income. In fact, they’ll be able to save some extra bucks as well.

How to Find Part-time Jobs in Italy?

First of all, let me tell you that no job is petty or small; everything is respected equally. The thing which matters is your hard work and dedication towards your work. While finding or applying for a job, make sure you grab the opportunity without thinking that it is a petty thing to do. Doing a part-time job will help you upskill your knowledge and abilities regarding the field. Always remember, what we learn with pleasure we never forget.

Some of the points to finding part-time jobs in Italy as international students are mentioned below.

  • If you are aware of the basic Italian language, then you can work in local bars, restaurants, and clubs.

  • One of the easiest jobs to do is distributing newspapers, local magazines, and pamphlets. For this, you can contact newspaper distributors near your area and offer door-to-door services of newspapers for localities.

  • If you are a master’s or PhD student, then you can get engaged and earn through research and teaching assistant jobs, which is an on-campus part-time job.

  • Apart from this, if you have a good command of English, then you can easily find an ample number of teaching job opportunities. Since most of the localities only know the Italian language, the country has a huge demand for English tutors.

  • If you find it difficult to communicate with people, an online part-time job is an amazing option. You can find various online jobs through apps like linked in, Indeed, Snagajob, Upwork, and Craigslist.

  • STEM students can find part-time jobs in fields where they can’t only function and showcase their skills or what they’ve been taught in the classroom but they also gain real-time experience, which will prepare them for a successful career.

  • During the winter season, Italy attracts a large number of tourists as it has mountainous cities where tourists can enjoy skiing, trekking, etc. So if you love to explore and talk to different people working in a tourist agency as a guide is a good option.

Are you really passionate about studying abroad in Italy? Contact our expert counsellors at any branch of Meridean Overseas Education Consultants (MOEC). You can also take free online counselling sessions through our website. Our expert education counsellors will provide you with the best guidance and support for the admission and visa process. For more information or any queries, you can mail us at or call us at our toll-free no. 1800-1230-00011.

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