Duvet days could be a thing of the past for students if you’re off to study abroad in any of these countries. Working alongside your studies is on the rise, and it’s showing no sign of slowing down.
Ever since tuition fees went up in 2012, more and more students have been taking on part time work to supplement their loans. The number is estimated to have risen to a whopping 77 per cent.
But according to OECD figures from that year, the United Kingdom is lagging behind the rest of the world quite considerably.
Check out the figures for these five countries who lead the league in working students.
1. Netherlands – 63.8%
The land of bicycles tops the list of hardest working undergrads. Almost two-thirds of them punch the clock as well as swotting up in lectures. They’re putting us to shame!
2. Australia – 63.1%
Down under they aren’t too shabby either coming second to Holland by just 0.7 per cent. Although if life-guards and surfing instructors are included we want a recount, because we’d snap up one of those beach jobs in a second if they were going. Beach times are better than campus times. Fact.
3. Canada – 57.8%
The weather might get a bit chilly north of the US border, but the students’ desire to earn a little cash sure isn’t running cold. Over half of them squeeze in a job alongside their studies.
4. United States – 57.1%
There seems to be a pattern developing here within the richer nations of the world, and it doesn’t stop the further you head down the standings. In at fourth is the star spangled banner of America, home of the free and those that need to work to get an education…
5. Denmark – 55.9%
The Scandinavians get in on the act at number five only 1.2 per cent behind our friends across the pond. A popular destination for studying abroad, it makes sense that Denmark sees so many students in employment.
The full list:
Netherlands – 63.8%
Australia – 63.1%
Canada – 57.8%
USA – 57.1%
Denmark – 55.9%
Norway – 54.9%
Germany – 53.4%
Austria – 51.1%
UK – 47.7%
Estonia – 41.4%