January 15, 2005 at 3:58 am #30
I do not know if you knew this, but if you are an international student and you are also working in the Netherlands you might be eligable for extra money from the Dutch government through the IB-Group. Since you are working as well, this can mean that you get twice the money for only once the work 😉 I will try to explain it underneath here how it works:
Every Dutch student, who has been studying for less than 4 years, can apply for aid (money) from the Dutch government. This entails about €230,- per month for free (no obligations attached, except for the work). As an international student you can also apply for this, if you make an’contribution’ to or when you ‘participate’ in the Dutch economy as a worker.
However this has it limitations. For instance, I believe you need to be working at least 32 hours a month. And you need those 32 hours mentioned on paper, in a contract. This means that working as a temp does not count. You need a official contract, even when it is just for a few months, with a minimum amount of hours you will work.
Now why is this a problem? Well, first of all most Dutch employers will only hire people who can speak Dutch well. Secondly, you need to be an European citizen (EU) or have a working-permit. And finally, most employers also do not like to hire people for a fixed amount of hours in the beginning or any contract (which is considered to be the trail-period). Most employers will use an zero-hour-contract in the trail-period. What basically means that they can decide not to put you to work when they do not have enough work for you to do or when they are not satisfied with you as a worker. Which also means you do not get paid. This means that it can be really difficult to find an employer who is willing to put the 32 or more hours on any contract.
Is this all? Well, yes and no. If you are interested, then I can not stress enough how important it is to go to your local IB-Groep office and verify the information I wrote above here. Verify it, let them put it on a paper and make sure everything is alright by delivering all the requested papers at their doorstep. Because the IB-Groep will most likely not notify you (or too late) if any of the papers are missing or is filled in wrong. This means you can miss out on a lot of money. I’ve heard several stories of international students who tried to get the aid, but everytime ran into bureaucratic problems with the papers at IB-Groep. Let me just comfort you a little bit by telling you that you are not alone; most Dutch students also experience problems with this bureaucratic paperwork.
Also one thing which might be worth checking out when you are at the IB-Groep office is, when for example you have already been studying in the Netherlands for 3 months before you got a job, if you also can get the money for those first three months. Maybe you can, but do not count on it as it is more likely that you will not. But asking this never hurts 🙂
Finally, like I said before, do not pin me down on the numbers mentioned above here since I can not be 100% sure this still applies or is even accurate. To be sure, go to your local IB-Groep office and ask! The addresses for the local IB-Groep you can find on their website or you can ask directions at your mentor/study-advisor/university.
I hope you found this useful 🙂 If you have any updates on current regulations or problems you encountered when trying to apply for the aid or anything else related to this subject, please let us know by replying to this thread!January 26, 2007 at 5:15 pm #548
What about an intership? You are contributing to the economy. Isnt possible to apply in that case tooMarch 4, 2007 at 7:09 am #549
Would like to know how this endsMay 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm #1604
Thank you for this additional insight. I knew a little bit about receiving financial aid to study in Holland, but not much.
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