Practical information


In Utrecht, students of all backgrounds have the opportunity to build and strengthen their professional experiences alongside their studies. This can be inside or outside the university network. Here, you can find information on where to start looking for a student job and which types of jobs are open to you.

Platforms to search for job opportunities within Utrecht University

  • JobTeaser: JobTeaser is Utrecht University's job portal, and it is designed to make your job and internship search quick and simple by helping you browse through vacancies in the university.
  • Topselect: Topselect is another platform that frequently updates members about openings for short-term jobs within the university. This is also where you can expect to sign your contract once you are accepted for a position in the university.
  • Social media: Occasionally, the Utrecht University social media platforms post job opportunities in various university departments. Check the Utrecht University Instagram and the Warm Welcome Instagram for regular updates!

Student jobs outside of Utrecht University

There are also opportunities to work outside the university in areas such as hospitality, food or grocery delivery, logistics, tutoring, and internships. Platforms such as Student Mobility, TaskHero, Glassdoor, LinkedIn, Zenjob, and FlexJobs can help you find job postings in these areas and more. There are also opportunities to get to know different companies that offer internships or traineeships in workshops hosted by study associations. You may also expect to find vacancies in the boards of these associations. 


Depending on your nationality, the regulations around working in the Netherlands differ.

  • If you are a citizen of the European Union, the EEA, or Switzerland:
    You do not require a work permit in order to work. You also do not have any work restrictions or limitations regarding the hours or time period you work. In other words, you may work as any Dutch citizen can.
  • If you are a citizen of another country:
    You require a work permit in order to work. With a work permit, you may take up part-time employment with a maximum of 16 hours per week in the academic year or you may work full-time throughout the months of June, July, and August. Keep in mind that you do not need a work permit for doing an internship as part of your study.

To read more about this topic, please consult further information on the government website of the Netherlands.

UU Career Services

If you require guidance regarding your future career path or professional skills, you may contact the UU Career Services. They are dedicated to offering personal coaching on areas such as your CV or Linkedin profile and hosting workshops that can help you strengthen your career profile. 

Dutch Language and Culture Course

Are you interested in learning the Dutch language and culture prior to or during your studies in Utrecht? There are several course options available to you, as an international student at UU! 

Getting to Know (the) Dutch Language and Culture Course 

This pre-arrival, beginner course offered by the Warm Welcome team provides international students with the unique chance to learn Dutch for free and certified. There are two versions of this course: moderated or self-study. In the moderated version, students will be guided by e-moderators who will answer your questions, host interactive activities, share cultural tips and insights, and motivate you to stay on track with the course. In the self-study version, students will follow the course on their own pace. 

ESN Dutch Language Courses

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) provides Dutch courses at both beginner and intermediate levels, for students with little to some background in Dutch, respectively. These classes are taught by volunteers, cost €8, and cover practical phrases concerning different themes such as introducing yourself and navigating. For more information about these courses, refer to ESN Utrecht for the Dutch language course. 

Babel and Utrecht Summer School Dutch Language Courses 

Utrecht Summer School provides intensive, group Dutch classes on location at Babel, in the Utrecht city centre. The classes cover the four skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking while also focusing on grammar, vocabulary, and cross-cultural communication. These courses take place in the summer months of July and August, include accommodation and social activities, and cost €155,00. 

To help you identify your current language level, they also offer a free levelling test to help you choose the language course that best suits you. To read more, visit the page about Dutch Summer Courses

International Neighbour Group Dutch Language Courses 

If you are a PhD candidate at Utrecht University, you can participate in the Dutch courses offered by the International Neighbour group twice a year, from October until February and from March until July. The courses are taught by volunteers, have different levels, and are usually taught at 19:00 or 19:30 in the city centre. For more information, visit this page about Dutch language classes

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