Students from EU countries who want to claim Dutch student grants, must work at least 32 hours per month. In principle, traineeship hours do not count.
Labour party MP Tanja Jadnanansing had asked state secretary Zijlstra to make trainees exempt from this compulsory work requirement, but the latter is against the idea.
European students in the Netherlands must first apply for student grants in their own country, the state secretary wrote to parliament. Only when they work 32 hours a month, European regulations state that they qualify for the status of ‘migrating employees’ and may be eligible for student grants.
He points out, however, that in certain cases, the Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs (DUO) regards traineeships as work, provided there is a valid labour contract and the student is doing a real job for a regular salary.