1. Work-study program and salary
First of all, the administrative measures for work-study in higher education institutions, namely “the time for students to participate in work-study shall not exceed 8 hours per week and 40 hours per month in principle”, and “the time for students to participate in work-study shall not exceed 16 hours per week and 80 hours per month in principle during winter and summer vacations. During the winter and summer vacations, students can participate in work-study for no more than 16 hours per week and no more than 80 hours per month. In terms of treatment, the standard of treatment for international students and Chinese students is similar whether they work and study on campus or off campus, not lower than the local minimum living standard or minimum wage standard.
2. Work-study program in the field
Only international students who have been at their current school for at least one year of continuous study are eligible to participate in off-campus work-study activities, which means that new students are not eligible to participate in off-campus work-study activities.
Also, the measure mentions that only international students with “more than six months of valid residency remaining” can participate in off-campus work-study activities, which means that many international students with short-term study visas/residence permits are also restricted from participating in off-campus work-study activities.
In addition, the geographic scope of work-study is limited to the municipality where the school is located.
It is important to note that these measures do not restrict or provide guidance on off-campus work-study positions, types of employers, industries, or occupational qualifications.
It should be reminded that if your work-study activities exceeds the time and scope of the law, you will face the risk and punishment of “illegal employment”, such as fines, detention, or even deportation. Therefore, it is important that we comply with the law when engaging in work-study activities.