Jobs and working rights

Students in Norway often hold part-time jobs in order to make ends meet, it also a great place to practice Norwegian, meet new people and learn about the Norwegian culture.

Finding a part-time job

Many students are looking for a part-time job in order to supplement their budget. It might be hard to obtain as there are a limited amount of jobs available for students without knowledge of Norwegian. With no Norwegian skills, its most realistic to look for non-qualified jobs.

The main places to find vacant position:

  • (only in Norwegian)
  • (only in Norwegian)
  • Linkedin
  • Facebookgroups: jobs in Norway, Small jobs in oslo, jobs in Oslo

The Norwegian word for part-time work is deltidsstilling.

For students and newly graduated

Part time, full time, short term and trainee positions for students and newly graduated. They also provide advice for the job search process.

Go to (in Norwegian)

Go to Academic Work’s page for international applicants

Student Consulting

A Scandinavian recruitment agency for students and young professionals. Their webpage is in English, but job ads are mostly in Norwegian.

Go to Student Consulting’s list of jobs in Oslo


Job listing for students and newly graduated, run by the career center at the Kristiania University College. The site has an English version, though the ads are mainly in Norwegian.

Go to


A lagre career portal with job listings and articles. They also have protals for freelansers.

Go to (in Norwegian)

Here are some ideas to make it easier

  • Be sure to have an updated CV and application
  • Many of jobs are not annonced, ask in restaurants, shops etc if they have any avaiability
  • Deliver your CV in person if possible
  • Ask other students if they know of available possitions

Working rights with a student status in Norway

Go to Arbeidstilsynet for information of your right to have a written contract, minimum wage, working hours etc.

Be sure to check if and how much you are allowed to work with to your resident status. If you hold any kind of scholarship/grant you should also check if there are any regulations connected.

If you are unsure about your status you schould contact The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

EU/EEA citizens

Non-EU/EEA citizens

  • You can work up to 20 hours pr week during your first year of study. (How much you are allowed to work after your first years is depended on satisfactory progress in your studies)
  • You can work full-time during the holidays.
  • The part-time work permit has the same duration as the study permit.

Tax card

If you get a part-time job, you will need to apply for a tax deduction card with the Tax Administration. You do not need a Norwegian identicifaction number to get a tax card.

If you are staying in Oslo for one semester, or do not have a Norwegian identification number yet. You can use your job contract to apply for a tax card and that way get a Norwegian identification number. You can use this identification number to open a bank account. Smaller banks often have shorter processing time if you have a D Number as your ID number.

Staying in Norway after your studies

If you are looking for a permanent job i Norway after your studies be sure to look into career services offered by the institution where you study. It is smart to start applying for jobs early, and if you need a residence permit look into the requirements to stay in Norway after graduating.

Find information on the UDI website for infomation on staying in Norway after your studies as a job seeker.

Read more about how to find a job in Oslo