Work and study

Lots of students like to work a few hours a week to earn some extra cash for essentials or fun stuff. It's a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and learn more about Dutch culture. Some jobs require you to speak Dutch. But with the current high demand for workers, many places are more flexible about language skills nowadays.

Some important things to keep in mind:

  • Having a part time job could work well for you. But it's important not to depend on it as your main source of income because it’s not a guarantee you find something.
  • If you work in the Netherlands, you're required to have Dutch healthcare insurance. This means that your European EHIC Card or international student insurance is not allowed once you start working.
  • This also applies if you get paid for your internship and the amount you receive is higher than the Dutch minimum wage.
  • European (EEA) students can work fulltime. Non-EU students can work a maximum of 16 hours a week during the academic year, or work fulltime in the months of June, July and August. Your employer should apply for a work permit.