We all know that being a student in Northern Europe means too many times running out of money and trying to find all kinds of solutions for paying the rent without starving yourself. But It’s time to stop living solely off our parent’s money and start being rebel and free! that’s why we’ve created a very easy and informative guide to help you find jobs as students in Scandinavia.
1. Language requirements isn’t really a big deal
Fortunately, the Scandinavian region is one of the parts of Europe where almost everyone speaks English, and to know their local language is just an extra, not a mandatory job requirement. So, if and when you decide to go and get a job, don’t worry about your lack of Swedish, Danish, or Icelandic knowledge, because nobody will care, honestly.
2. You can apply to a job specifically fitted for your studies
First of all, if you have a degree that’s already hard enough, you should reconsider having a job during your studies. Although you say you can sustain a job and have the perfect life, while also studying, and even have a social life, this isn’t the case. A part-time job for a student, with only 20 hours a week, is the norm for students, but you can also apply for a casual job, which basically has a “choose your own adventure”-type of timetable.
3. Clear legislation for your employment
The European Union has strict rules on students working. Besides finding out if your student visa or residence permit allows you to work, you should also have a quick read of the legally-allowed hours you may work. Literally, working more than 20 hours a week can get you and your employer in a lot of trouble.
Here are some helpful tips about the legal number of working hours in each Scandinavian country is:
- Universities in Sweden don’t have an official limitation for international students, but it’s frowned upon if you neglect your schoolwork, which should take a total of 40 hours a week (reading, writing, and working on assignments).
- In Norway, students must apply for a working permit, if they’re not from the EU, and have to work for up to 20 hours per week. European students can work for up to three months without applying for a work permit, but the 20-hour limit is available for them, as well.
- Finland’s working rules are lax for EU students, letting them work as many hours they wish, without a working permit. For non-EU, however, you can only work up to 25 hours per week, and only as part of your practical training within your degree.
- Danish universities allow students from the European Union to go wild and work as much as they wish, but they allow the rest of the international students to work only 20 hours a week.
- In Iceland, students from EU can work without first requiring a permit, while other international students have to apply for one. And, if my math is correct, students may only work 16 hours/week.
4. You can calculate what salary you will get
A high salary is a very debatable term. What can be considered a huge salary in Poland can only afford you a loaf of bread in New Zealand, and, while you would consider it insane otherwise, you would like to know that teachers can be paid in vodka in Russia. I am dead serious!
Still, in order to get an appropriate feeling of the fairness of a salary, you should know the living costs in the Northern European countries. For each country, student salaries for part-time jobs can be:
- For Sweden, between 730 and 1000 EUR/month
- For Denmark, between 800 and 960 EUR/month
- For Finland, between 560 and 840 EUR/month
- For Norway, around 850 EUR/month
5. You can start by searching for an employer
Instead of searching what jobs would suit you, you can always try first searching for companies, and then seeing what internships and positions they have vacant.
Working and studying can be achieved easily, as long as your time management skills are on point and your determination to become the best in your field is accompanied with a desire to grow and gain as much experience as early as possible.