Finding a part-time job in the NL
Finding a part-time job is easier said than done. It is important to take a few practical and the legal issues into account. Depending on your nationality you can work for only a limited number of hours per week and only if the employer has applied for a work permit for you. Feel free to ask for advice from the International Student Adviser.
- Do I need to speak Dutch to take this job?
- Do I have enough time in my study schedule?
- Could this job add to my career or will it help me only financially?
- Is my potential employer familiar with the most up-to-date regulations for hiring foreign citizens?
- Does the compulsory health insurance cost more than the income from my part-time job?
The following questions will help you determine which regulation applies to you when reading the need-to-know regulations explaining the legal issues for working while studying (source: Nuffic)
Do I need health insurance?
When you take a part-time job you are obliged to take out the Dutch basic health care insurance.
Do I need a social fiscal-number?
When you take a part-time job you are obliged to obtain a BSN number at the Town Hall.
Do I need a work permit?
Students from outside the EU/EEA need a work permit and have two options if they want to work while studying: either no more than 10 hours / week year-round, or full-time during the months of June, July and August. Students from EU/EEA can work in the Netherlands. Different rules apply for students from Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania.
More about work permits
- Can I apply for the health care allowance to help me cover the costs of the Dutch basic health insurance? Check this out on the Dutch Tax authorities website !
Contact the International Student Adviser
Location: Student Centre Plexus, PITSstop, Kaiserstraat 25.
Contact the student job agencies in Leiden
1. For students staying in the Netherlands for more than 9 months.
2. Social Security number to be obtained at the Leiden tax department or town hall.
Non - EU / EER students must have a valid residence permit and must also pay for their own work permit.
Luba (in Dutch)
Kort Rapenburg 10
2311 GC Leiden
SUSA (in Dutch)
2312 BW LEIDEN
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