Students are allowed to take a holiday after studying for at least 8 weeks and with at least 80% attendance. Students can take up to 1/3 of the time that they have already studied. For example, after 9 weeks students can have 3 weeks holiday, and after 12 weeks, they can have 4 weeks holiday. Holidays must be booked at least 3 days in advance and will depend on their attendance.
Holidays may be granted outside these conditions in cases of extenuating circumstances. In that case students should provide proof.
Student holiday periods from 1st January 2015 – understanding the new rules. Changes coming in from January under a new government policy will standardise the holiday periods in which international students can work for all types of course – from English Language to PhD. Students on English programmes in particular have been used to very flexible holiday periods in the past and will need to consider what the changes will mean.
From 1 September, 2016 non-EU/EEA International Students students will be allowed to work full-time (40 hours) during the months of June, July, August, and September as well as for one month from 15 December to 15 January. Previously full-time work had been allowed in May but not in September.
Immigration’s website: http://migre.me/uynPx
At all other times, the current term-time limit of 20 working hours per week will apply.
Students who expected to have a period of working holiday in early 2016 after their classes may need to rethink their plans.