Freer movement within Europe for foreign students

Non-EU students were previously allowed to work 10 hours per week but can now work a total of 16 hours per week while studying. The possibilities for taking part in an internship after graduation have also been expanded. These changes – which took place on 23 May 2018 – are the result of a new EU Directive, which is intended to facilitate the intra-EU mobility of international students and researchers.

TWV still required

International students who are not from within the EU may work a maximum of 16 hours per work during the academic year. However, these students are still required to obtain a special work permit for foreign employees (Tewerkstellingsvergunning or TWV).

Internship opportunities expanded

Non-EU students who are studying abroad and want to pursue an internship in the Netherlands must have a diploma from a research university or university of applied sciences to take part in an internship of up to one year with a Dutch employer to gain work experience.

This is, however, on the condition that they apply for a TWV or combined residence and work permit (GVVA) within two years of graduating. An internship agreement, including a description of the internship programme setting out the learning components of the internship, must also be submitted. In addition, the internship must be relevant to the student's completed degree programme.