Working while you study

Domestic students

There are many benefits to working part-time while studying:
  • Earn money
  • Gain valuable experience and skills in the workplace
  • Enhance your employability when you graduate


We recommend that you work no more than 15 hours a week while studying full-time. This will still give you time to study, socialise and take part in university life.

Need employability support?

The AUT Employability & Careers team can help you develop your CV, interview, networking and job search skills through:

  • Workshops
  • One on one sessions
  • AUT Edge Award

CareerHub website - see our full range of services


International students

As an international student at AUT you may be able to work while you are studying. Check your visa – it will show if and when you are allowed to work while you are studying in New Zealand. If you work when you’re not allowed to, you’ll be in breach of your visa condition and may have to leave New Zealand.

Working in New Zealand

Helping you find a job while you study at AUT

AUT Employability and Careers service

Useful websites for international students

Jobs you can't do

International students can't:

  • Be self-employed - you must work as an employee with an employment agreement; not as an independent contractor
  • Provide commercial sexual services - please contact us if you have any questions about this


Contact the AUT Student Hub


Last updated: 29-Nov-2016 9.51am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.