Combining your studies with a part-time job


As bills don’t pay themselves, many students need additional sources of income.


Some students take on a part-time job. Others start up their own business or generate income from their hobby.

Three out of four bachelor’s students in the Netherlands combine their studies with work.


Research shows that students who work less than ten hours do better than students who work more. And they outperform students who don’t work at all.

(Source: Studiekeuze123)

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So, what’s it like for an international student to work on the side in Maastricht?


And how can you start your scientific career as a research assistant during your bachelor’s programme?


Scroll down for some answers from students.

Working in the Netherlands as an international student


Nicole: “Working in Maastricht means encountering many languages and different cultures, and exchanging knowledge and ideas from many perspectives. It’s a truly international  working environment.”


“When I joined the promotion team at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences two years ago, I was impressed by the warm welcome from all of my colleagues and their willingness to explain everything I needed to know to do my work. I integrated quickly and it didn’t take me long to feel familiar with my tasks, duties and responsibilities.”

Gain career-related experience by working as research assistant


Alex: “During the first-year course Body and Behaviour, I was always very active and interested in tutorials, and so my tutor asked me to participate in an fMRI study. After several discussions on the mechanisms of memory formation, I was invited to a meeting of the PALM (perception, attention, learning and memory) department. After a month, a new project started and I was offered the chance to become a research assistant.”


Benedikt: “I teamed up with several PhD students at the Maastricht European Private Law Institute and got invited to join the MEPL’s student fellowship. Two months into that fellowship, I became a research assistant for the institute.”

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