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Practical information about part-time work

Part Time Work UiT

General information

EU/EEA students: You don't need a work permit and you can work in Norway after you have registered with the Police.

Non-EU/EEA students: You can work 20 hours per week during your first year of study. When granted your Study Permit (temporary Student Residency), you are granted a permit to work 20 hours per week and full-time work during the holidays. The part-time work permit has the same duration as the study permit.

Find more information about the regulations for students on the webpage of the Immigration authorities (Utlendingsdirektoratet UDI): UDI: Part-time work for students


    It is possible yet challenging to find a part-time job while being an international student at UiT. Although international students are granted a work permit to seek part-time jobs, students are strongly advised not to completely depend on part-time jobs to fund their stay while studying. Moreover, you must not exceed the permitted number of working hours. This can have negative impact on your academic performance and can also lead to immigration-related repercussions.

    NB! Applications to renew your Student Permit and work permit at the local Police station must include (and are dependant on) the Study Progression Report issued by your respective faculty confirming your student status and study progress. Students must document satisfactory progress in their studies in order to continue to work part-time.

    • It is important to have realistic expectations and understand the importance of thorough preparation to increase your chances in the local job market. If you´re here for several years, it seems to be easier to find a job compared with "visitors" staying just a few months.
    • Best practice: Ask fellow students! It is up to you and your creativity. You have to promote yourself to them.  In other words: do your “homework” and research on where the different employers are located.
    • It is no secret that networks can be helpful to find available jobs. We encourage you to attend various mingling events and get to know both international and Norwegian students.
    • Print out copies of your CV, dress up in a presentable outfit and pay the different employers a visit. Ask to speak with the manager and present yourself in a nice and polite way.
    • In Norway, the employers for unqualified jobs value flexibility (the ability to step in for work at short notice and working both daytime and evenings), efficiency and a happy mood. So attend with a big smile and positive attitude!
    • Unqualified jobs where you don't need to interact with Norwegian-speaking customers – e.g in the hotel bar, laundries, cleaning and restaurant industry, accept English language skills.
    • The employers that choose to advertise job vacancies usually do so in Norwegian. It is not common to advertise part-time jobs in any other language.
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