A normal student in Norway spend approximately 37,5 hour every week on studies and lectures. At the same time, almost half of the students at UiA have a part time job after school and during weekends. It is possible yet challenging to find a part time job while being an international student in Kristiansand and Grimstad. It is important to have realistic expectations and understand the importance of thorough preparation to increase your chances in the local job market.
Norwegian language or another Scandinavian language is often a prerequisite for obtaining a job in Norway. However, some positions – e.g in the hotel and restaurant industry, accept English as language skills. Keep in mind that also basic language skills will improve your options
Be creative and think carefully about what you can offer a potential employer. Maybe you can contribute also with your cultural and language knowledge within an internationally focused company.
EU/EEA students do not need a work permit, and can work in Norway after they have registered with the police. EU/EEA students must register with the police within 3 months after arrival in Norway.
Non-EU/EEA students can work 20 hours per week during their first year of study. When granted the first student residence permit in Norway, students 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.
When renewing the residence permit, the part-time work permit is not automatically renewed, and students must document satisfactory progress in their studies in order to continue to work part-time.
Where can I find a part job?
Many part-time positions will be advertised in various web-based portals.
It is no secret that network can be helpful when finding vacancies. We encourage you to attend various mingling events and get to know both international and Norwegian students, faculty and guests from various companies.
When applying for a job in Norway you normally include both focused CV and cover letter. Our job search guide in Norwegian or English will provide more information about the job search process.
If you would like to send open job applications, you should know this is quite common also in Norway. We recommend you to prepare yourself so you can approach specific employers.
Previous working experience (full-time, part-time or voluntary), education, positions of responsibility, previous achievements and personal skills are all important. Our experience tells us that also so-called "non-relevant" experience can be more valuable when applying for jobs in Norway. "Highlight your skills" and focus on your potential contribution when communicating with potential employers.
Here are some key points:
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.