Need help financing your studies? Want a little bit of extra cash to spend at the weekend? Or maybe you just want to get some valuable work experience? This page is the first place to look. We show you the stress-free way to find the perfect part time job alongside your studies. On this page you can find the best sources for finding jobs and other practical information. In the meantime, you can start to think about what kind of job you would like to do and how much free time you have to work alongside your studies.

Do I have to speak Dutch?

No. Of course, international students are in a different position from Dutch students. If you do not speak Dutch, certain jobs will be impossible for you. Even if you speak some Dutch, the job may require the fluency of a native speaker. However, even without Dutch there are a huge amount of opportunities for international students.

Nevertheless, learning some basics can help impress employers and integrate more fully into the community. In your first year of study (bachelor or master) you are eligible to take part in a free Dutch Course offered by the university. If you are a third year bachelors or a masters student you are also offered a free German course. Certain conditions apply. 

Finding a job

Our favourite starting point is the Maastricht University Vacancy Board, which advertises a massive number of student jobs, graduate jobs, internships and more in a variety of different fields of work. 

Another place to look is for paid student jobs within the university. Alternatively, InterUM Studentjobs is specifically concerned with providing motivated students with knowledge intensive jobs which they can undertake alongside their studies. 

Maastricht University recommends looking for work through a temping agency (uitzendingbureau), who create a profile with you and then help you find a job suitable to your skills. As soon as the agency has found a suitable job they will contact you and invite you to come by to discuss details and eventually sign a contract. The job agency will act as your employer and match you to companies that need temporary and flexible workers. Just search online for “Uitzendingbureau Maastricht” to find all the job agencies you can apply to.

Finally, bars and restaurants often need an extra pair of hands to help with waiting, bartending, cooking or cleaning. Check the map for all the restaurants and bars in Maastricht. 


Internships are a fantastic way to gain work experience in your field of study. In some degree programs, internships are part of your curriculum. Even if your degree does not offer an internship component, it is still possible to arrange one yourself. The first point of contact regarding internships should be your faculty. Most faculties will have an internship office or a study advisor who can help you with information on practicalities and requirements, as well as a vacancy board listing all internship positions related to the University, or specifically offered to students of your University by different businesses.

International students with a non-EU/EEA nationality who are doing a traineeship as part of their studies in the Netherlands do not need a work permit. However, there must be a trainee/internship agreement between the employer, the trainee and the host institution.

Get Involved

Get involved in student initiatives, projects and voluntary work. These can be valuable means of improving your résumé and a rewarding use of your time. Visit our community section for an overview of all the student initiatives you could take part in. In some cases, this might require a considerable investment of your time and can cause a delay in your studies. Visit this site to find out if you are eligible for an administrative grant or extra months for studying. Bear in mind, these positions are usually unpaid (although they look great on your CV).

Interested in entrepreneurship? Take a look at the Maastricht centre for entrepreneurship, which provides support and education to start-ups and young ventures. You can also attend the Maastricht Entrepreneurship Week; an annual event which brings together over 200 students and entrepreneurs for a week of activities and lectures.

Practical information

As soon as you have an official employment contract, you need to take out Dutch health insurance. Our section on health insurance covers everything you need to know about insurance in the Netherlands.

For students of the EU and Switzerland, you do not need work permit in order to take up a part-time job. For students of Croatia, transitional rules still apply so you still need a work permit. Students from Japan do not need a work permit, but they do need a residence permit.

If you come from any other country, you will need a work permit. You cannot apply for a work permit yourself; it is something your employer has to do for you. Furthermore, immigration laws restrict the number of hours you can work each week. You may either work seasonal full-time employment or part-time throughout the year (maximum 10 hours per week). You cannot do both.

If you work you will also be required to pay income tax. Your Dutch income for the year is added up and you have to pay tax on the total. A scholarship that you receive can be counted as income and added to the total. For more information about this complicated issue, you may contact the human resource department of your employer or the Tax & Customs Administration’s inquiry desk for individuals (Belastingdienst particulieren). The telephone number is 0800-0543, or visit their website.

Tips and advice

The Online Career library (see section below for more info) provides a huge number of resources and tips. Here you can find a number of example résumés and CVs to give you an idea of what to expect.

Your CV is the first chance to show yourself to prospective employers. Keep it simple but make yourself stand out from the crowd. Download this document for tips on writing a good CV. Writing an application letter can be a fantastic opportunity to show your motivation and talents; this page gives you some advice.

In terms of the interview, make sure you prepare well. First impressions make a big difference. Make sure you dress appropriately and introduce yourself. Also be aware of your body language during an interview. Come prepared. This means thinking about some of the questions that you might be asked and doing some research into the role that you are applying to.

Further information sources

The Online Career Library – an essential tool to help with jobs. Provided by the university, it gives you hundreds of resources to get you started, such as vacancies, video interviews with experienced professionals, tips for writing a CV, guides for working in particular countries and much more. You have to login using your student ID and password to gain access.

UM Career Services – supports students in preparing for their future careers by bringing students into contact with the labour market and providing training, information, workshops and more. Through them, you can also book career guidance to help give you direction.

The Maastricht University vacancy database – lists student jobs, graduate jobs, volunteering, internships and more.

The university page on working during studying – gives a broad overview of rules/regulations and jobs options for students.

Student Jobs Maastricht and Jobs for students in Maastricht are two Facebook groups you can look at to help find a vacancy.

UCM internship opportunities – advertises internships and jobs related to the University College Maastricht field of study.



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