Looking to Work while Being an International Student in Norway?
Life in Norway can be expensive for students, and therefore taking a part-time job could be a solution to ease life in Norway. There are however a couple of things and practicalities that international students in Norway need to keep in mind before finding a job.
First of all, there is a clear division between what students coming from the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) and students coming from outside of the EU and EEA can and cannot do:
EU/EEA Students – Are not required to obtain a student residence permit, and are allowed to work both full-time and part in Norway after they have registered with the police. Please keep in mind that all EU/EEA students that are planning on staying in Norway for more than 3 months have to register with the police.
Non-EU/EEA Students – Are allowed to work up to 20 hours pr week during their first year of study. This “work permit” comes automatically when international students obtain their student residence permits to stay in Norway. During the holidays non-EU/EEA students are allowed to work full-time. To read more about the process of obtaining a student residence permit, please click here.
However, please keep in mind that for second and third year students, that when you renew your student residence permit, the part-time work permit is not automatically renewed, and students are required to provide documentation of satisfactory progress in their studies in order to continue to work part-time.
In order to better understand the practicalities around finding a job in Norway as an international student, as well as where to find a job, the following websites could be a useful starting point:
Finn.no – Vacancy database (Nb: Only in Norwegian).