Work while you study

Looking to gain work experience through a part-time job or internship during your studies in Rotterdam? We love the initiative to work on your career. You’ll boost your CV, while learning more about Dutch society and earning extra money.
However, as an international student your position is different than that from Dutch students.

Pro-tip: do not rely on the income of a side-job to cover your studies and living expenses.
Before coming here to study at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), make a financial budget plan.

Mainly, as an international student you should be prepared for:

  • Employers are usually looking for people who speak and/or understand Dutch;
  • Non-EU/EEA students face specific legal restrictions concerning the number of hours they are allowed to work;
  • Non-EU/EEA students need to get a work permit through their employer. Employers can consider this to be a hassle.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Am I allowed to work or do an internship in the Netherlands as an international student?

Yes, you are allowed to work in the Netherlands next to your studies, or do an internship. If you have a non-EU/EEA nationality, certain restrictions and requirements are in place. Students with an EU/EEA nationality have free access to the Dutch labour market.

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Is it mandatory to learn Dutch if I want to work in the Netherlands?

It's not mandatory to learn Dutch, but it will greatly improve your chances of finding a job. Many employers won't hire you if you're unable to understand and/or speak the Dutch language at a fair level. Jobs where English is the main working language are in the minority.  

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If I start a job in the Netherlands, is a basic public healthcare insurance really necessary?

Yes, if you do not take out basic public healthcare insurance you can get a fine.

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Can the university help me find a side-job?

We cannot help you find a job, but we have compiled an overview of common student jobs and how to find them.

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Am I eligible for a DUO student finance loan?

If you are an EU/EEA student working alongside your studies, you might be eligible for a student finance loan from DUO. Be advised: loans will need to be paid back with interest!