Working while Studying in Netherlands: Part Time Work Options for Indian Students

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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Sep 30, 2022 13:34 IST

Part Time Work Options for Indian Students in Netherlands

The Netherlands provides excellent education and opportunities to students who are willing to study abroad. This country is the home of some top universities in the world as well as in Europe. The Netherlands gaining popularity among international students because of its quality education and diverse culture. Some of the top universities in the Netherlands rank among the oldest and best universities in the world and definitely in Europe. Every year, the country produces brilliant engineers and researchers from the top multi-national of the world.

To study in the Netherlands students required a sufficient budget as the average tuition fee for an international student ranges between 12000 to 20000 euros. Here, the term ‘Part-Time Work’ comes as not all students can get scholarships to complete their studies. Students are asked ‘Can they work while studying in the Netherlands?’ Well, the answer is yes, you can. This article attempts to answer the same while listing all you need to know.

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Checklist for Part-Time Work Permit in the Netherlands

Applicants who are willing to apply for a work permit in the Netherlands should take note of the following points:

  • International students are permitted to work part-time in the Netherlands between 10-16 hours weekly.
  • Part-time working students can earn up to 20 Euros per hour, which is almost INR 1,700.
  • Many part-time opportunities can be availed at the University level where students can volunteer for assistantship in the library, to lecturers, for tutoring, etc.
  • Not knowing the Dutch language is no barrier as English is used at administrative and educational levels.

Thus, students must not limit their options only to working in the Netherlands despite their EU/non-EU citizenship. Part-time jobs are just a beginning step towards better networking and being acquainted with the overall system of working.

Read more: Popular Job Sectors in the Netherlands

Part-Time Jobs in the Netherlands

Universities in the Netherlands offer part-time jobs to their students under the ‘Earn While you learn’ theme. Student’s first preference is to take get a part-time job at your university. Apart from this, there are some other part-time job opportunities in the Netherlands. Below we have mentioned several options where you can work a part-time job in the Netherlands. You can opt for these instead of part-time jobs in universities.

Cashier at Supermarket

Younger students can work as Cashier at shops and other stores in the Netherlands. Cashier at Supermarket is one of the most popular part-time jobs that offer around €6 (INR 519) per hour to students.

Hotel Receptionist

Another part-time job opportunity in the Netherlands is Hotel Receptionist. Students with good hospitality skills can apply for this job. The average pay lies around €10 (INR 865) per hour.


One of the most common and popular part-time jobs is Tutoring in the Netherlands. Students with strong communication skills are perfect for this kind of role. You can become a personal tutor, teach at small coaching or become a teaching assistant at your university.

Working while studying in Netherland

The Netherlands allows students to work part-time during their studies. Based on nationality, students can work up to sixteen hours a week with a work permit from their employer. National students are allowed to work in the Netherlands for as many hours as they choose while studying. Foreign students can work no more than sixteen hours a week outside of the summer period. They can work full-time in the months of June, July, and August. As a student, you can apply for and study while on private insurance.

However, if you choose to work while you study in the Netherlands, then the rules require you to have Public Healthcare Insurance. If you are working in the Netherlands, you need to contribute to social security and pay income tax. Scholarships may consider as your income and fall under tax liabilities. While many people are fluent in English and there are many English-taught programs, knowing the language would add to the many possibilities of finding relevant part-time jobs. In addition, most of the statutory forms and legal requirements are in Dutch. Post-study work permits for the Netherlands are more straightforward and add many advantages.

Also Read: Student Guide to the Netherlands


Q. Can Indian students work part-time in the Netherlands?

A. Indian students can work part-time in the Netherlands and earn up to INR 1,700 per hour. Based on their programs, students are allowed to work between 10-16 hours weekly.

Q. How much can I earn as a student in the Netherlands?

A. Students can earn between 6 and 10 euros per hour while working part-time in Netherland. However, they make much more during their Internships and industrial placements arranged by the Universities in the Netherlands for students

Q. What is the time duration of part-time work in the Netherland?

A. Students who work less than 36 hours and more than 12 a week are considered part-time workers in Netherland. In the Netherlands, one can legally work a maximum of 12 hours per shift and a maximum of 60 hours per week.

Q. Can we do a part-time job while studying in the Netherlands?

A. Yes, the Netherlands allows students to work part-time for a maximum of 16 hours per week. Technically students work for two hours a week alongside their studies. During holidays, students can work full time and earn a full-time payment.

Q. Which are the popular job sectors for part-time in the Netherland?

A. Engineering, IT Specialists, Health Care Specialists, Finance, Energy Sector, etc. are some major job sectors where students can work part-time in the Netherlands.

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Mrs Anthony

a year ago

I want details regarding sports psychology with a scholarship and is there a winter intake. My daughter is completing her UGC in May 2021. Please advise

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I want details about Ph.D research admission procedure scholarship part time job in Netherland

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Patel Bhumi

3 years ago

How i can apply for part time job in Netherlands and what will be minimum wages I would get ?

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

3 years ago

Dear Bhumi, Indians are not allowed to work part-time in the Netherlands while on a student visa. You need to take a work permit for it and only your employer can apply for it on your behalf.

3 years ago

Which sort of part time jobs are available and do those job employers raise requests for our work permit easily or are there any challenges? Please help.

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3 years ago

Completed MBA can I apply for work visa if so procedure and cost

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Swameeka Medhi

3 years ago

Hi Imran, please check here for details

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