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International students and part-time jobs

As being an international student in the Netherlands, you might want to take a part-time job. It is important to take a number of legal issues into account as depending on your nationality there are some restrictions.

Only citizens from the EU/EEA (except Croatia) and Switzerland do not need a work permit to work in The Netherlands.

Citizens of all other countries need a work permit. Dutch immigration law restricts the number of hours international students may work (with a work permit). They may either do seasonal full-time work (only in June , July and August) or work part-time throughout the rest of the year, but no more than 10 hours per week.  It is up to the employer of the international student to apply for the work permit for the student.

Students who are in the Netherlands solely for study reasons can conclude a relatively cheap student medical insurance but as soon as a student starts a part-time job, he/she is an employee and immediately will have to take out the more expensive Dutch basic health care insurance.

Students are allowed to do a traineeship without a permit if the traineeship is part of the curriculum of the study program and they receive ECTS for the traineeship.

For more information, the following website may be helpful:

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