How can I find a part-time job in Switzerland as a foreign student?

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Working part-time in Switzerland

As a foreign student in Switzerland, it is possible to work part-time to finance your studies or gain work experience. Here are a few tips to help you find a part-time job in Switzerland :

Check your residence permit

As a foreign student, check whether you have the right to work in Switzerland and whether you need a work permit to work part-time. Requirements vary depending on your nationality and the length of your stay. Residence permit : This permit is generally issued by the Swiss migration authorities when you enrol in a higher education establishment.

Limits on working hours

Foreign students are allowed to work during their studies, but there are restrictions on the number of hours they can work. In general, foreign students can work part-time up to a maximum of 15 to 20 hours a week during school terms, and full-time during university holidays.

Check job vacancies online

Many websites such as,, and many others publish part-time job vacancies in Switzerland. You can also check job vacancies on the websites of companies in your field of study or on professional social networks such as LinkedIn.

Visit your student support office

Most Swiss universities and colleges have a student support office that can help you find a part-time job. You can contact them for advice and information on available jobs.

Apply directly to companies

If you are interested in a particular company, you can send an unsolicited application for a part-time job. Tailor your application to the company and the position you are applying for.

Look for jobs in your field of study

By working in your field of study, you can gain valuable work experience while earning money. Check out job offers in your field and apply for the jobs that interest you.

"En somme, en vérifiant votre permis de travail, en consultant les offres d'emploi en ligne, en visitant votre bureau d'aide aux étudiants, en recherchant des emplois dans votre domaine d'études, en postulant directement auprès des entreprises et en étant flexible, vous pouvez trouver un emploi à temps partiel en Suisse."