Part-time work

Many international students hold part-time jobs when studying in Norway. It is a good way to learn and practise your Norwegian, and increase your budget. You should, however, be aware that there are restrictions on how much you can work beside being a full time student. 

Generally, a student residence permit does not cover the right to take employment in Norway. However, if you are granted a study permit, you are automatically also granted permission to work part-time. 

  • EU/EEA students do not need a work permit, and can work in Norway after they have registered with the police. 
  • Non-EU/EEA students can work 20 hours pr week during their first year of study. Beware that when renewing the study permit the part-time work permit is not automatically renewed. To renew the work permit the students have to document satisfactory progress in their studies. Please consult your institution.
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Learn Norwegian!

Regardless of whether you are looking for a full-time or a part-time job it is important to know Norwegian. Although most Norwegian┬┤s English skills are quite good most employers will prefer employees with a certain level of Norwegians, and in many cases a certain proficiency in Norwegian is required. Therefore, the best advice we can give you is to learn Norwegian as soon as possible.