Right to work for foreign students

French law

French law allows foreign students to work 964 hours a year, which is equivalent to 60% of the legal working time. It can only be a supplementary salary.
When working in France, whether or not you are a student or not, a legal minimum wage is guaranteed.
It is commonly referred to as the ‘Smic’ (minimum interprofessional growth wage).
It amounts to 10,03 € gross per hour in 2020. This salary is gross; you have to deduct the compulsory social security contributions (about 20%) to know what you really earn at the end, i.e. 8,03 € per hour. If you work 10 hours a week at minimum wage, you will earn about 80 € (‘net’).

Foreign students may exercise a salaried professional activity in France if this employment is held as an ancillary activity during their studies.

Students from a country of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland have free access to work in France.
Students from countries other than those mentioned above may work during their studies if they hold a long-stay visa valid as a student residence permit (‘VLS-TS’) or a residence permit bearing the mention ‘student’. Algerian students must apply for a temporary work permit.
The employer must declare their recruitment to the prefecture.
Please note that students who are on an apprenticeship contract or whose studies include part of paid work (e.g. doctoral students who receive a salary), students who have to work beyond the authorized duration and students holding a 6-month long-stay visa must apply for a temporary work permit.
For further information :

How to find a job

The ‘orientation stage emploi’ (OSE) department ose@univ-fcomte.fr provides information and support in the design of a personal and professional project, in the definition of an orientation or in the search for internships and jobs.
You can meet professional integration counsellors in Montbéliard and Belfort by making an appointment at the following address:
The OSE service provides you with job and internship offers via a continuously updated platform, as well as on the digital workspace of students at the University of Franche-Comté.
For further information :

  • The University of Franche Comté offers student employment contracts (‘CEE’: ‘Contrats Emplois Etudiants’) to participate in certain activities (reception, tutoring, computer support and assistance in the use of new technologies, support for library staff, professional integration assistance, scientific and sports cultural activities, support for disabled students and promotion of the training offer).
    If you wish to apply, go to the online application procedure from your “Digital Workspace” (ENT), tab ‘Contrats Etudiants’ (Student Contracts).
  • The Youth Information Bureau or BIJ (‘Bureau Information Jeunesse’) is another source for finding job offers. It regularly posts job offers for students (animation, catering, distribution). Seasonal agricultural work offers are posted from July to October.
    For further information:

Bij Belfort
3 rue Jules Vallès – 90000 Belfort
Tel: 03 84 90 11 11
E-Mail: ijbelfort@jeunes-bfc.fr
Internet site: www.ijbelfort.com

Bij Montbéliard Centre des Alliés
6, avenue des Alliés
25200 Montbéliard
Tel. 03 81 99 24 15

  • The CROUS Student Employment Service is at your disposal to help you:
    to look for job offers (washing dishes, serving meals, cleaning, reception…)
    to find a company
    to know how to write your CV and cover letter
    To prepare recruitment interviews
    To enhance your skills
    All ‘student employment contract’ offers are published on: www.jobaviz.fr