International students have the right to work in France if they have a residency permit and are enrolled in an institution that participates in the student health plan of the French social protection system (Sécurité Sociale). Even first-time visitors to France and students enrolled in the first year of postsecondary education enjoy the right to work.

The work week in France (annually averaged) is 35 hours. French law allows international students to work no more than 884 hours in a given year. That translates to half-time employment (19.5 hours per week) during the academic year and full-time during vacations.

EduFrance, along with French educators and policymakers, does not believe that full-time work is consistent with student status.

Supplementing your income by working while studying is a common practice.

You won’t be able to meet all of your expenses by working half-time, but you should be able to earn extra spending money.

The minimum hourly wage in France (known as the SMIC, for salaire minimum interprofessionnel de croissance) is 7,61 Euros gross, that is, before withholding of mandatory social-benefit taxes, which come to approximately 20 percent of the gross payment.

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Dernière modification : 10/03/2006

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