25 May 2020 | Category: Student life

Work in The Netherlands alongside your studies

By Ester

I grew up on the Catalan Pyrenees, where my heart belongs. I...

Living in The Netherlands can be quite expensive.  Therefore, it is good to think about finding a part-time job that can help with your expenses.

Do you live abroad and plan to move to The Netherlands? If you going to work in The Netherlands you are required to have healthcare insurance. As a rule, everyone who lives (for a long period of time) and/or works in The Netherlands is obligated to have health care insurance. The government calls it ‘Zorgverzekeringswet’ (Healthcare insurance law).

You can arrange this easily online. It might be complicated to understand Dutch web pages, in this case, you can always call the company. They’ll, for sure, attend you in English language.


Is it possible to work alongside your studies?

This is the most famous question. The answer is YES. You just need to organise yourself better and precisely. There are many jobs  open to student applicants, so take advantage of it!

However, it’s important that you use the free time wisely. Use the time that what you have constructively as this will help you balance your day job and your course work more effectively.

How much does it cost?

The basic one goes from €100-120. You can check affordable prices here. Take into account that the government can pay you back some money. It’s called Zorgtoeslag (healthcare allowance) and is a money allowance that the government pays you prior to your health insurance being paid out. The maximum pay out is €94/month, leaving you with less than €10 to pay (depending on your salary).

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Make sure you have organized your healthcare insurance in time

Once you moved to The Netherlands, you have 4 months after moving to take out an insurance policy. If you start working in The Netherlands you also have 4 months to arrange your healthcare insurance after starting your job.



It is important that you have valid healthcare insurance within 4 months after moving to The Netherlands.


It is necessary to have valid healthcare insurance within 4 months after the issue date of your residence permit. Moreover, you can only work if you have a work permit.  You can work for a maximum of 16 hours a week during the year, or full-time during the months of June, July and August.

Work on a self-employed basis

In combination with your studies, you are allowed to work in the Netherlands as a self-employed individual, as long as you continue to meet the requirements for your residence
permit for study. There is no limit to the amount of hours

that you are allowed to work as a self-employed individual. Also, you do not need a work permit. For more information you can visit the website of the reflective essay on writing (KVK).


Don’t hesitate to comment below if you have any questions!

By Ester

I grew up on the Catalan Pyrenees, where my heart belongs. I am currently enrolled on the MSc Food Technology program at Wageningen.
I could describe myself as a sunrise person underneath the restless and ever moving mind. I love running in the mountains, surrounded by nature and its beauty. I am passionate about learning, cooking, traveling and collecting plants to make handmade jewelry.

I live everyday as a new exploring adventure, step by step.

There are 4 comments.

  1. By: Zorgverzekeringslijn · 28-05-2020 at 08:06

    Nice article!

    All the information from the Dutch government you need to determine whether you need a Dutch basic health insurance:


    1. By: Ester · 28-05-2020 at 09:52

      Thank you so much!

  2. By: Lillia · 02-10-2020 at 20:04

    Hi, I will be attending WUR for a master’s degree in biotechnology from February 2021. I was wondering whether it would be possible for me to work alongside my studies ( Part-time off-campus or on-campus). I am a non-EU/EFTA student and I am limited to English only (I know slight french but that is quite insignificant). I would appreciate it if you provide me with your insights regarding this. Thank you.

    1. By: gomez033 · 13-10-2020 at 15:42

      Dear Lillia,

      Thank you for contacting us. I will send you a private email answering this question.

      Kind regards,

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