Working in the Netherlands

As an international student at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, you are allowed to have a part-time job during your studies. Keep in mind though, that you might not find a job straight away.

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Also, certain regulations apply, so be sure to check these first. These regulations might also apply if you undertake an internship or volunteer work in the Netherlands. Different rules apply for students from different countries, so check yours below.

Which rules apply to me?

If you are a student from outside the EU and hold a residence permit in the Netherlands for study purposes, you are allowed to work next to your studies. You are allowed to work a maximum of ten hours per week, and full-time in the summer months (June to August).

Your employer must arrange a work permit for you. If your employer requires a declaration confirming your student status, please contact the International Office.

You are allowed to work as many hours as you like. You do not require a work permit.

If you are a student from Croatia, EU regulations do not yet apply. You will need to arrange a 'work study' permit through your employer in the same way as non-EU students.

If you are an exchange student and need a work permit, please keep in mind that this could take a few months to arrange, so it could come too late to be of use to you.

Working in the Netherlands after your graduation

If you want to stay and look for a job in the Netherlands after graduating from HU, there are different possibilities depending on your nationality. You may be eligible to stay in the Netherlands for a maximum of twelve months while you look for a job as a highly skilled migrant.

If you are a student from an EU country and you consider staying in the Netherlands after your graduation, it is recommended you voluntarily register at the Dutch Immigration Service (IND) when arriving in the country. If you then live in the Netherlands for more than five years, you will be able to apply for permanent residency for EU citizens. Please refer to Study in Holland for more information about working after your studies in the Netherlands.