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:

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Dutch language

Win-win: integrate into society + find a job more easily. 

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Non-EU/EEA students

Non-EU student? Specific rules apply to your situation.

What to do?

Start looking

How and where to find a job or an internship?

Tips + vacancies

What to arrange

Don’t forget: bank account, insurance, taxes, etc.

Not sexy, still important!

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Answers to all your questions about working in NL.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.

  • 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.  

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

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

  • 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!