BM86: Resolution Paper on Work Limitations for Non-EU  Undergraduate International Students 

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The European Students’ Union (ESU) and the Student Union of Latvia (LSA) express 3 their concern regarding the current limitations on work hours for non-EU bachelor 4 international students. This resolution outlines the negative consequences of the 20- 5 hour workweek restriction during semesters and proposes its removal. 

Current Situation 

Currently, non-EU bachelor international students in Latvia are restricted to working 8 a maximum of 20 hours per week during semesters, while the limit is lifted to 40 9 hours during semester breaks. 

 Negative Consequences of the Limitation Financial Strain: The 20-hour limit makes it difficult for non-EU bachelor international students to financially support themselves, especially considering the rising inflation rate. This can lead to financial hardship and force them to prioritize work over studies, negatively impacting academic performance. 

Internship and Experience Disadvantage: The limitation was reported to have hindered students’ ability to gain valuable internship and practical experience in their field of study. This not only limits their professional development but also disadvantages them in the job market after graduation. 

Company Workfow Mismatch: Companies often find it impractical to hire part-time employees for only 20 hours a week, as it disrupts workfow integration with other employees. 

Undeclared Work and Remote Work: Students may resort to undeclared work or remote work outside of Latvia due to the limitation, posing legal and fnancial risks. 

Discouragement of Further Studies: The difficulty in managing finances while studying can discourage students from pursuing further education, such as master’s programs. 

Benefits of Lifting the Limitation Financial Independence: Increased work hours would allow students to support themselves financially, reducing the burden on personal savings and family support. 

Enhanced Educational Experience: Financial stability achieved through increased work hours would enable students to focus more on their studies, leading to a better overall educational experience. 

Improved Employability: Gaining practical experience through internships and part-time jobs strengthens students’ resumes and makes them more competitive in the job market. 

Positive Reinforcement: The ability to combine work and studies effectively can incentivize students to continue their education in programs like master’s degrees.  

Supporting Student Union of Latvia’s proposals:  ESU supports the proposal of the Student Union of Latvia to remove the 20-hour workweek limitation for non-EU bachelor international students during semesters. We believe this change will: 

  • Improve the financial well-being of international students. 
  • Enhance their educational experience by allowing them to gain valuable practical experience. 
  • Make them more competitive in the job market upon graduation. 
  • Encourage them to pursue further studies in Latvia. 


The current limitation on work hours for non-EU bachelor international students creates unnecessary burdens and disadvantages. ESU and LSA urge relevant authorities to consider the negative impacts and remove this limitation. By allowing students to work more freely, we can create a more supportive learning environment and foster a more successful future for international students in Latvia.


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