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Career prospects and visa benefits

20 April 2017

International students have access to post-study work visas and job opportunities upon graduation in Holland and Ireland.

Students launch successful international careers from the International Study Centre in Holland or at University College Dublin (UCD). By choosing one of our Dutch progression universities or UCD, students can apply to stay and work in the country where they studied. This gives them access to fantastic opportunities with leading employers.

The Orientation Year for Graduates Seeking Employment allows students to spend up to one year looking for work in Holland. Once they have found a job, they can stay as long as they have that job.

Holland’s industries are growing fast. Key sectors offer great employment opportunities for students, and large Dutch multinational companies include:

  • Philips
  • KLM
  • Shell
  • ING Bank
  • Unilever.

International students don’t need a UKVI to study in Holland. They can also travel freely throughout Europe with the Schengen visa.


Non-EU/EEA citizens are eligible for the Third Level Graduate Scheme. This allows successful UCD graduates to work in Ireland for 12 months. Studying at UCD connects students with global business and career opportunities.

Top multinational companies based in Ireland include:

  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Pfizer
  • KPMG
  • LinkedIn.

‘Before I came to Ireland I was not this confident. I was pretty uncertain about my future and I didn’t know where I was going. Now I’ve found a job in Ireland, I know what I’m going to do in the future. Dublin and especially UCD and ISC study definitely changed my life. It made me a better person.’

Emma from China
Studied the International Foundation Year in Business, Economics and Social Sciences.Progressed to University College Dublin to study BComm Commerce.
Now working at Smith Education in Dublin

Helping students get ahead in their career

 We recognise the need for students to feel ready for life beyond their academic studies. That’s why our CareerAhead service is now part of all our academic programmes at the Holland International Study Centre and UCD International Study Centre. It prepares students to become confident, skilled and employable graduates.

Read more about our International Study Centres at UCD and in Holland:

UCD International Study Centre

Holland International Study Centre

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