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In the previous blog I have written about travelling and its costs. This post is about opportunities for working in the Netherlands. At the end of that post I have promised to reveal a secret not that many foreign students know. We finally got here and it’s time to tell the secret all of you!
Working in the Netherlands
If you are a European Union citizen there are no legal barriers to get a job. The biggest barrier (can be) is the Dutch language. If you wish to work, you can find a job without speaking Dutch because the whole country speaks English here. Working in a restaurant or in a bar can be a good start and a job can be found in Amsterdam for sure.
Here comes the secret
The Dients Uitvoering Onderweijs (DUO), the Dutch ministry of culture and education, offers extra money monthly and free travelling in the whole country to all of those Dutch students who do any kind of higher education! As I said it is only for Dutch students. However, if you are from any European Union country and you work 56 hours per month you can be entitled for the same “gift”. In most higher educations, the schedules lets you work besides your studies, most of the Dutch students work besides their studies. Mostly, you will have classes 3 or maximum of 4 times a week and I don’t want to say that you should miss classes, but not all of the classes are mandatory. So besides school you have for sure 56 hours to work. If you make a quick calculation that is 14 hours a week, which is doable besides school! If you are a full time European Union student, who works 56 hours per month (legally!!!), tyou can receive the following advantages:
- You can apply for the so-called studiefinanciering (which is basically the money you get from DUO, which in the year of 2015 is roughly 291 euros per month.
- If your parents aren’t making the Dutch average, which 2.500 euros per month you also receive an additional 263 euros per month so all together you receive 554 euros per month.
- As an addition, you receive a free travelling card, which you can use in the whole Netherlands. If you have it, you need to decide on if you want to do it on weekdays only or weekends only. Whatever you decide, lets say you decide you use it on the weekdays as you are a student, you can still travel on the weekends with 40% off. To top it, if your parents of friends visiting you, you can take 3 of your friends with you all the time with 40% off on each travel!
If you work 56 hours per month that means that you can earn around 10 euros per hour in the Netherlands. All together it makes around 560 euros for working and another 554 for studying, which is 1114 euros, plus you travel for free. Such a great system, isn’t it??
You need to be aware if you apply for studiefinanciering than you HAVE TO graduate. If you do so, than the money was a “gift” but if you don’t you have to pay all the money back! Another good thing is that you can get studiefinanciering for 4 whole years and you have 10 years to graduate. If you can’t do a 4-year studies in 10 years than you have to pay all the money back. For more information please click here.
What extra money can you get?
When you apply for a study program you can choose if you wish to pay the tuition fee in once or in installments. Whatever you choose you can always apply for tuition fee loan. As the studiefinanciering is a “gift” the tuition fee loan is something that you have to pay back. After you graduate you have 15 years to do so! The tuition fee loan can only be the same amount of money that you pay for school. So it the tuition fee is 2,000 euros than you can get a maximum of 2,000 euros as a tuituion fee loan, but as I said you need to pay that back later on. A good thing is with the tuition fee loan that anybody (who studies) can apply for that. You don’t need to work any hours in order to be able to get the loan!
Next week another important topic will be discussed, maybe the most important one. The nightlife and partying in the Netherlands, as it is an important factor for young people! Don’t miss it out!
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