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The Faculty of Economics and Business hosts international students from all around the world. They total over 1,500 students, representing every continent. The largest groups come from Germany and China. Our international students are highly motivated to gain work experience in the Netherlands. This is often because they want to start a career here after graduating. If your company has international ambitions, our international students can make an important contribution. In addition, their expertise, combined with an enormous sense of ambition and determination, can be hugely beneficial to your company. The degree programmes in Finance, Supply Chain Management and Technology & Operations, for example, attract large numbers of international students.

Since 2016, international (non-EU/EEA) students have been allowed to do internships in the Netherlands without needing a work permit. The internship must be relevant to the Dutch degree programme that the international student is following and must correspond with a clear learning plan.

Nuffic agreement

Nuffic agreement

If you appoint an international internship student from a non-EU country, you must sign a so-called Nuffic agreement. This constitutes a guarantee that the aim of the internship is to acquire work experience and that it is not disguised employment. Your company, the international non-EU student and the University of Groningen will all sign this agreement. The only circumstance in which the University of Groningen will not sign a Nuffic agreement is when a student is doing a voluntary internship that is not part of a course unit.

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