“Your talent is a seed; cultivate it, and in no time, you will harvest successMatshona Dhliwayo, Zimbabwean philosopher

If you are planning to study abroad, remember that living expenses, such as rent and food, should also be considered. Don’t let these things stop you from studying abroad though.  If you are very successful academically maybe you can get a partial scholarship which will help you tackle the cost of living. But, if not, here are 8 ways to earn money while studying abroad.

1. Work as a freelancer

As a self-employed person, you have more flexibility and can work according to your study schedule. In addition, you will gain concrete and valuable work experience before completing your study program. By doing this, you can also earn income while studying. There are a number of ways you can work as a freelancer. If you have a knack for graphics, you might do well with a graphic design job. Good photographers may be able to take pictures and sell them. If you are good at translating languages, you might want to try your hand at writing. Before you start, make sure you are familiar with the laws in your country. A freelancer can then establish a profile on websites such as Upwork or PeoplePerHour, through which he/she is put in touch with anyone who needs those services.

2. Find a part-time job

Having a part-time job is a great way to earn money while learning, and at the same time improving your language skills. A basic level in the local language is essential as this is a local job. It might be difficult at first, but it will get easier over time. Your more experienced classmates will likely give you some insider tips about local businesses you can apply to. Otherwise word of mouth can also guide you to the right place. A part-time job typically requires you to work 6 to 15 hours per week, which you may be able to do in between your studies. Be sure to be clear with your boss about your schedule so that they can be flexible during exam time.

3. Become a tutor

You may be stronger in some subjects because of the differences in education in your home country compared to the country where you are taking your university studies. As a result, there may be opportunities to earn money as a tutor. Check to see if there are tutoring opportunities at your university or even ask your professors if they need teaching assistants.

4. Babysitting

Another job that is easy to do and follow is babysitting, especially if you love children. It can be very lucrative! Many parents will pay a higher hourly rate than other part-time jobs, and they might even give you free snacks. Look for potential babysitter jobs on local job boards or Facebook groups.

5. Be a dog walker

A walker could make a good living taking care of animals. Getting a little exercise while exploring your new city, earning a little extra cash while getting to know your surroundings better, is attractive and can give you the extra cash you need to stay afloat. To market your services to the community, advertise your business on local job boards and Facebook groups.

6. Selling Old Books and Other Unnecessary Accessories

Students can even earn money by selling belongings that they no longer need on sites like eBay, Amazon, etc. Also, you can try to trade your goods by acquiring a cheap item on your own and selling it to your friends, family, coworkers or indeed anyone with the money to buy the item. Your course books are an investment that you might not benefit from after your semester is over. You can perhaps sell them to students who cannot afford brand new books or you may even be able to sell them to used book dealers.

7. Finding seasonal jobs

The flexibility of studying abroad allows for summer jobs or additional internships. Social networking sites have given people the opportunity to search for new jobs. Restaurants, employment agencies and summer camps need summer staff during the summer season. During the summer, you can search for internships by contacting reputable companies. Internships are a great way to gain experience and are generally remunerated. Even if the salary is low, gaining professional experiences like these can put to good use in the future.

8. Look for promotional jobs on campus

African students should also take advantage of campus jobs as sources of income. Find out about marketing companies, as they typically recruit volunteers for their events across the country. You can also search for jobs on your university or school campus. There aren’t a lot of good-paying jobs on campus, but you can easily get all the information you need before your job ends.


If you follow these tips, hopefully you will earn extra money overseas. It’s worth researching options before you go abroad to make sure you know about them and which options might work best for you.