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Practical information about part-time work

Master UIT Arctic Norway

General information

If you are an international student looking for work in Norway you might find this information useful.

This is an introduction to how you can find vacant temporary positions in Norway. You will also find links to websites that provide more information, please see under "RIGHTS AND DUTIES".

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


    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.
    • Be prepared before communicating with potential employers, read up on tax, work permit and make sure you have a Norwegian bank account. Read more in the attachement.
    • 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.
    • Types of part-time jobs: tourist guide, gardening, waiter/cook/dishwasher (restaurants, bars & coffee shops), cleaning, newspaper delivary, warehouse work, etc.
    • Job Portals:,,,,, EURES
    • 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.
    • You need a tax deduction card to work in Norway – and you need a job contract to get a tax deduction card. Request a tax deduction card from the Tax Office by bringing your Residence Card/Registration Certificate and your job contract to their office. Your employer will expect you to have a Norwegian bank account. Use the website "Work in Norway" from NAV to find updated information.
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