Every year many international students come to Norway to study for several higher education programs, including bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. Usually, international students studying in Norway try to manage their expenses by taking part-time jobs. However, there are specific rules students must follow while working part-time and in their studies. One of the prime requirements of doing a job, whether part-time or full-time, is that students must have some proficiency in Norwegian. This is necessary to converse freely in the work environment and specific social settings.
Requisites of Part-time jobs in Norway
There are different norms related to part-time jobs for students from EU/EEA countries and Non-EU/EEA countries. In Norway, the student residence permit does not allow them to take up employment. However, if you have a study permit, you can take up part-time jobs in Norway. Now, let’s discuss the rules for EU/EEA students and Non-EU/EEA students for part-time jobs.
Rules of part-time jobs for EU/EEA students:
Students coming from EU/EEA countries do not require a work permit. So, they can work freely in Norway after getting themselves registered with the police.
Rules of part-time jobs for Non-EU/EEA students:
Students coming from Non- EU/EEA countries are permitted to work only for 20 hours per week during their first year of study. If students desire to renew their study permit, they are still not entitled to continue working in part-time jobs in Norway. If Non-EU/EEA students want to work in Norway, they must renew their work permit. For this purpose, students must provide relevant documentation proving their satisfactory performance in their ongoing program of study.
Part-time jobs for students studying in Norway
Students must ensure that they apply to jobs nearby their university to save time and concentrate on their studies. Students can start by using for part-time positions within the university campus, as most of the university jobs are specially designed for students. You can become a writing advisor if you have polished English speaking skills. Moreover, you can assist in writing school programs. This job profile will further help you develop excellent writing and reading skills to take up online jobs like writer, editor, or proofreader. At the university campus, you can also land a job at the university gym and cafeteria. Now let’s discuss some other part-time jobs in Norway for students in 2022:
- Fitness Instructor: If you are a fitness freak, you can aim to work at a gym as a fitness instructor. You can take a few classes weekly as permitted work hours allowed. Moreover, you can also work as a fitness instructor on the university campus or at a regional gym.
- Cafeteria/restaurants/bars: You can work as a cook, waiter, hostess, or even as an artist in a cafeteria nearby your university campus. Remember that working at a cafe’ might require you to be fluent in the Norwegian language as you will be directly interacting with the customers.
- Software, hardware, and web development jobs: If you are a techie, you can start by taking up freelance work for IT companies worldwide. So you might not be fluent in the Norwegian language, but you must be fluent in English.
- Graphic Designer: You can start by designing flyers, posters, banners, marketing campaigns for companies in the vicinity and work as a freelance graphic designer.
- Driving: You can also earn part-time as a car or truck, or taxi driver.
Apart from the jobs mentioned earlier, students can take up part-time jobs as Warehouse workers, customer service associates, casino housekeepers, school workers, booksellers, cashiers, to name a few. But one must remember to establish the right amount of balance between studies and part-time jobs. Your studies must not be compromised at any cost due to your part-time work.