Last Updated on March 17, 2021 by Rubayet Al Sami

So working in Finland as a student, what kind of restrictions are there and who do these restrictions apply to? So this depends on whether or not you are a citizen of a European Union or a European economic area country.

So students that are EU or EEA citizens are allowed to work in Finland without restrictions during their studies as a part of their right to live and work freely within other European Union countries. However, if you are not an EU or a citizen, you can work within certain restrictions if you have been granted a residence permit for your studies.

Working in Finland as a Student

Working in Finland as a Student

So basically there are three different rules that define how much you can work.

First, if your job consists of practical training or diploma work, that is a part of your degree. You can work without restrictions even during the academic year when lessons are given.

However, the second rule dictates that if your job does not consist of practical training or diploma work as a part of your degree, you are limited to work for twenty-five hours per week on average during terms when lessons are given.

So do note that the number of working hours is not restricted on a weekly basis, but this twenty-five-hour restriction is calculated per term. In other words, you can work on average twenty-five hours per week during the entire autumn term and then again during the entire spring term.

So moving on, according to the third rule set up by the Finnish Immigration Service during holidays, meaning summer and Christmas holidays, non-European Union and non-European economic area students can work full time like everyone else without any hourly restrictions.

So the exact dates for these holidays might depend a bit on your school and their academic calendar. But in general, as I mentioned in this video, summer holidays are held between the first week of June and the last week of August. While the Christmas holidays usually run from the second to last week of December until the end of the first week of January.

This means that you can work without restrictions for roughly 12 weeks during the summer and three weeks during Christmas time.

So keeping these restrictions in mind, you must understand that even though you are allowed to work while studying, your studies must progress at a normal pace and your work may not slow them down. So this means that you must complete at least forty-five credits per academic year to retain or extend your residence permit in Finland.

So the Finnish Immigration Service explicitly states that your work is not an acceptable reason for not being able to keep up with school according to the normative pace.

So even if you have to work due to personal financial reasons, you still have to pass your courses if you want to continue residing in Finland.

All right. So these are the rules that you need to keep in mind when applying for work in Finland as a student. Finally, I just want to reiterate this. In this case, I wasn’t clear enough.

The aforementioned work restrictions only apply to students who are not citizens of EU or EEA states. So just to repeat this one more time, citizens of the European Union and European Economic Area countries can work without restrictions in Finland while studying for a bachelor’s or a master’s level degree.

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Hi, I'm Rubayet Al Sami, founder of StudyConnexion. A website that provides authentic information about the Study Abroad and Careers.