In the Netherlands most students find their side-job through personal networks. A lot of vacancies are never even published in job portals. So, the first step in your search for a job should be to ask around and let everyone know what you are looking for.
First things first: don’t forget to take your study time into account. The workload differs per programme, so before you start looking find out if a side job is even possible for you.
Find a job or internship
To give you an idea of the possibilities, see below for some examples of jobs international students are employed in.
- Working in retail, a restaurant, hotel or café is traditionally a popular side job for students in the Netherlands. And Dutch is not always a requirement!
- Not all vacancies are published, so just ask at your favorite place if they are hiring.
- Jobs as a telephone interviewer/market researcher in different languages. A platform offering these types of jobs is Global Data Collection Company B.V..
- For vacancies for full-time and part-time jobs in the start-up sector, consider joining the Facebook group “Rotterdam start up jobs".
As an international student you are free to turn your skills into profit and start a business in the Netherlands while you study.
And there is good news for non-EU students; for starting and running your own business a work permit is not required, and there are no restrictions regarding the number of working hours, as long as you continue to meet the conditions of your residence permit. For example, your business activities should not negatively affect your study progress.
Get support in starting your business
The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) supports first-time and more experienced entrepreneurs through various workshop and events.
Registering your business
Everyone starting a business in the Netherlands must register at the Chamber of Commerce.
Photo: don't hesitate to visit your favorite Food Plaza company to inquire about a possible side-job.
Take care of the practicalities!
Bank account, taxes, insurance, etc.
Leer Nederlands (learn Dutch)
Raise the odds of finding a job in the Netherlands.