NON EU-EEA students

NON EU-EEA students

This section of our website is for students from non-EU/EEA countries who are registered in a full-time BSc or MSc programme at RSM and who would like to do an internship in the Netherlands or work in the Netherlands. It describes opportunities for gaining work experience through an internship or job during or after your studies in the Netherlands.

Students who are nationals from the EU/EEA (excluding Croatia), Switzerland and Japan are free to live and work in Netherlands without restrictions, but students with a non-EU/EEA nationality should be aware of the following regulations.

  • Non-EU/EAA students can do an internship if it is

    • a compulsory element of the curriculum;
    • supported by an academic coach;
    • results in the award of  study credits.

      These regulations apply to three internship trajectories:

    • The third year bachelor internship which counts for 15 ECTS or study credits.
    • The MSc International Management/CEMS internship which is a compulsory element of the programme but does not result in ECTS or study credits.
    • The optional elective in MSc SCM, MI and BIM programmes called a company project and worth 6 ECTS, which can be used for an internship.


    In these three cases the procedure is very smooth. A representative of the company, a representative of RSM Career Services, and the student sign a standard trainee agreement provided by the Dutch government. The company does not need to apply for a work permit (TWV tewerkstellingsvergunning) for you so there are no additional formalities with which to comply.

  • As a student from a non-EU/EEA country, you can gain work experience in the Netherlands in the form of a (side) job, though the company has to request a work permit (TWV) for you. There’s more information on the Study in Holland website.

    A work permit enables non-EU/EEA students to either work for a maximum of 10 hours a week or work full-time during the summer months of June, July and August.

    Your employer must apply for your work permit. It generally takes about five weeks to receive the permit so the application must be made well in advance.



  • If you are an RSM student or RSM graduate from a non-EU/EEA country and want to do an internship or find a job in the Netherlands, you can apply to do an 'orientation year' (zoekjaar). An orientation year permit allows graduates free access to the Dutch labour market and is valid for a maximum of one year. Using an orientation year means employers do not need to apply for a work permit for you. Please note that you can only apply for an orientation year after you have graduated, or when you can prove that you will graduate soon. There’s more information available about this process through the following link.

    If your employment position continues after the end of your orientation year, you must apply for another type of residence permit from the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service, IND.

  • There are limited opportunities for non-EU/EEA students doing a study exchange at RSM to work during their studies. Please see the section Working during studies.

  • RSM Career Services cannot keep track of all international work and study rules and regulations, but you can always visit our office for advice. We do know that some countries such as France, Belgium, Germany and Spain prefer that students’ internship contracts are signed by the school. Ask us for more information about internships and work abroad.