Besides the obvious advantage of earning money, a full or part time job can help you to integrate easier into the Dutch society.
How do you find a workplace?
- Through an uitzendbureau, which is a recruitment agency. You can search for agencies specialised in student jobs.
- Through the recruitment agency of the International Student Office of your university
- On your own, leaving your CV at places which display vacancy announcements.
- on websites with useful information:
Even though English is spoken by the majority of people in the Netherlands, you must take into consideration the language requirements that might exist in your domain of activity. Often, dutch speakers have an advantage, but this might vary depending on the field.
Being an EU citizen, romanians do not require a work permit, so the employment process is more simple.
Having a BSN (Burgerservicenummer) is mandatory. Also, dutch basic health insurance is necessary for all residents and employees in the Netherlands.
It is necessary to pay an annual income tax. Some student scholarships are also considered income and they will be included in your annual income.
in your free time, you can join a student associations for various volunteering activities. In the Netherlands this is very popular and the opportunities are wide. You can choose the student association from your university, professional ones (ELSA-European Law Students’ Association, AISEC) or social ones (fraternity, sorority).
For those who search volunteering activities outside university, LSRS NL is one of the associations you can join. From organising cultural, business or social events, social media or external relations and partnerships to personal development, teamwork and leadership, we offer you the full package. Find out more here or if you're already convinced, find out how you can apply here!
- Internships, competitions and other opportunities
If you are in the Netherlands for your Bachelor or Masters studies, you must know that apart from mandatory courses, you also have to do a graduation project. Depending on your field of studies, you have the possibility of spending between 3-10 months working on your project.
Some private companies offer paid internships or various benefits, especially for international students (free accommodation or travel allowance). For Research Masters Programmes, the report of the project must be structured like an article you can further publish in a scientific journal.
Another way in which you can spend your free time, if you want to make some money or simply want to give something back to the society is to take part in scientific experiments. In general, each university uses a platform (Sona System) on which you can follow all the experiments happening at the moment, procedures used, time and payment methods. This platform allows you to register as “subject” in a database and assigns you a unique number you will further use when registering for an experiment.