EU Nationals & EFTA Countries
Nationals of the EU-member states Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or from EFTA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are work permit exempt. They may work in Belgium on the strength of a national passport or identity card and are employed in the same way as a Belgian student. They are allowed to work 38h/week.
Nationals from the EU-member states Bulgaria and Romania need to apply for a work permit C card when they intend to work during the academic year. This rule applies during the transition period until 31 December 2011. They will be employed in the same manner as non-EU students (see regulations below).
Non-EU students should apply for a work permit C card when they intend to work during their studies. They are allowed to work 20 hours a week (strictly limited!) in their spare time (= when no lectures are going on). During the holiday periods (Christmas break, Easter break, summer break) they do not need a work permit and they can work unlimited (= max. 38 hours a week).
Students with dual nationality who hold the other nationality of an EU or EFTA country are work permit exempt as well.
More information can be obtained through the International Relations Office.