Non-EU Students Can Now Work 16 Hours a Week
More good news for non-EU students studying in the Netherlands! As of this week, they are allowed to work 16 hours a week, instead of only 10.
The change was effected in Dutch legislation on Wednesday. It follows an EU-directive from 2016 intended to stimulate the mobility of international students and researchers in Europe.
The Netherlands will implement an EU directive that will make student mobility for non-EU students within Europe considerably easier. This also means that non-EU students who are going to an EU partner university to study for a year or less (within the framework of an exchange or mobility programme) do not need to apply for a residence permit from the country they are going. For instance, non-EU students at Wittenborg will not need a special permit if they want to study at its Vienna campus.
Before Wednesday students from outside the EU were only allowed to work 10 hours a week in the Netherlands alongside their studies. Now they can work 6 hours extra.
However, the student's employer still needs to apply for a work permit from the UWV. Students doing an internship as part of their study programme do not need a work permit, but their host institution and employer do need to sign an internship agreement. You can read more about the conditions for working alongside your studies on the Study in Holland website.
In further good news, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) also announced a drop in study permit fees for non-EU students at the start of May.
by James Wittenborg