This section is to help you in deciding on what you can do after university. There are endless options to explore so we understand that this decision can be overwhelming!

Working in the Netherlands

Staying in the Netherlands to Work 

  • If you have an EU nationality, you don’t need a permit to work in the Netherlands.
  • If you are a graduate from Croatia or a country outside the EEA, you are allowed to spend one year in the Netherlands to find a job as a highly skilled migrant by getting an Orientation Year Permit
  • Application: you have to apply for a permit yourself for this “zoekjaar” at the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), either before the expiration date of your student residence permit up to three years after graduating if you wish to travel abroad first.
  • Costs and Validity: 192 euros
  • Extension not possible: This permit is valid for a maximum of 12 months, if you are unable to find a job within the Netherlands during this one year period you would have to leave the country or acquire another type of residence permit.

Career Options After Graduation

If you are going to graduate soon but have no idea what you’ll do as a career you can check out a video series of the  UvA-alumni talking about where you can end up after graduating: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM-mb7IpX4mq0Lmw5b6-9e2brxQvlPuGS

Becoming a Health Care or Clinical Psychologist:

In the Netherlands the title ‘psychologist’ is not statutorily protected. Anyone may use this title regardless of one’s training or work experience. When you graduate from a science based university you can use the title Master of Science in Psychology. However to be able to work in certain disciplines within psychology you often need additional registrations.

BIG means ‘Professions in the Healthcare of the Individual’ (Beroepen in de Individuele Gezondheidszorg.) The BIG-register is a governmental body that lists officially acknowledged providers of healthcare. Only BIG-registered professionals are legally authorised to use this protected title that stands for identifiable expertise and capability.

In order to get included in the BIG-register healthcare professionals need to have completed a course or training that is approved by the Dutch government.

You need post-graduate training to become a registered Health Care Psychologist ‘Gezondheidszorgpsycholoog’ (2 year program) or registered Clinical Psychologist ‘Klinisch Psycholoog’ (an additional 4 year program). Note that these most of these post-graduate programmes are offered in Dutch only.

You can read more about this subject on this link.

Becoming a Researcher:

Another career option you could consider after studying Psychology is to become an academician or a researcher. This option might be a bit more international friendly as becoming a Clinical Psychologist without practicing in the official language of a country you’re residing in is extremely difficult. The basic steps of adapting a research career is summarised below;

  1. Earn a bachelor’s degree
  2. Seek research opportunities
  3. Find work in the research field
  4. Apply to a doctoral program and earn your Ph.D
  5. Complete a post-doctoral fellowship
  6. Apply for appropriate licensure
  7. Research assistant
  8. Professor

Gap Year


One of the most fun things you can do during your gap year is to travel. There is nothing like living in a new country, exploring new cultures, and meeting with people from all around! Here we have listed some options that can be helpful for you while planning your year of travel.


Aiesec is the largest youth-led organization in the world. With their ‘Global Talent’ program, they provide internships abroad that help you discover your next step in life. The duration of our internships varies between short (6-12 weeks), mid (3-12 months) and long-term (1 – 1.5 years). As a bachelor student, you can gain experience in your field during your summer break and as a master student, they can help you to start your international career.

If you want to learn more about the details you can check out the VSPA Vacancy Bank!

Year Out Group (YOG)

Year Out Group (YOG) is an association of approved gap year providing organizations most of which are registered in the UK.  At least one of the principal activities of each of these organizations is the provision of well-structured gap year programs in the UK or overseas.

You can check out their website to choose from the various destinations they have like Africa, Asia, and Australia.


BUNAC are experts in work abroad programs and have extensive experience in offering work and travel experiences around the world to students and young people globally. They offer assistance in various different types of traveling:

Internships Abroad

Summer in the States

Working Holidays

Career Breaks and Volunteering

Choosing a Master

Do you want to continue your studies by doing a Masters’s?

SSPN made a great Masterguide summarizing all of the programs offered in the Netherlands:

Masterguide SSPN 2020-2021

Of course, you can choose to go abroad to continue your studies but then you have to decide where you want to go so sadly we can’t help you with that. But here are some tips for choosing a masters;

  • Take inventory of your passions and motivations.
  • Do your research and explore your options.
  • Keep your career goals in mind.
  • Make sure the program fits your lifestyle.
  • Consider your finances.
  • Talk to admissions advisors, students, and alumni.
  • Network with faculty.

Take Off is there to help students improve their CV and give them the opportunity to prepare for the future.

Are you looking to improve your CV by studying abroad or joining the Programme Committee? Then you’re in luck because we’ve gathered all the information about ways to upgrade your resume that are offered by the UvA!

Job Board

The UvA also has a job board that is always updated and includes many different opportunities for both internationals and Dutch people. You can filter the language of the job you’re looking for and see every detail of the job in the respective descriptions.

You can access the UvA Job Board through this link.

Carrer Center

The UvA Student Careers Center offers services that are available to all UvA students from all degree programs. They can help you to examine which degree programme and career is right for you.

Key subjects include:

  • Study choice or switching degree programmes
  • Choosing a Master’s
  • CV checks
  • Cover letter checks
  • Insight into your qualities, interests and motivation
  • Interview practice
  • Getting more out of LinkedIn
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Exploring the job market

If you would like to discuss another subject related to your studies or future career you can contact the Career Center via this e-mail studentcareerscentre@uva.nl or you can join their online help desk. You can click this link it will lead you to a waiting room in Zoom. When it’s your turn, you will be admitted to the room to ask your questions.

Choosing a Master

SSPN made a great Masterguide for all specializations available in the Netherlands:

Masterguide SSPN 2020-2021

Take Off is there to help students improve their CV and give them the opportunity to prepare themselves for the future.

Do you want to develop yourself to the fullest while studying psychology? Lucky you, because here you can get information on different workshops and classes you can follow!

Study Abroad

The UvA offers two workshops to help you with the process of studying abroad. The current topics they offer workshops and training courses on are:

Check the UvA Corsizio for more information and a complete and updated overview.

Career Orientation

The UvA offers multiple workshops to help you with your career orientation. The current topics they offer workshops and training courses on are:

Check the UvA Corsizio for more information and a complete and updated overview.

Psychological Support

The UvA offers multiple workshops to offer any form of psychological support.   The current topics they offer workshops and training courses on are:

Check the UvA Corsizio for more information and a complete and updated overview

Study Skills

The UvA offers multiple workshops to help you develop your study skills. The current topics they offer workshops and training courses on are:

Compact weekly workshops (every two months)

  • Smart reading skills (1 hour)
  • How to process the study material (1 hour)
  • Smart planning: the basics (1 hour)
  • Tips for exams (1 hour)

Occasional workshops

  • Jumpstart your thesis (2 x 2,5 hours)
  • Smart planning: extended (2 hours)
  • Study skills: the Dutch approach (2 hours)

For more information and the updated overview, see the UvA Corsizio.