As an EU citizen you have the right to live, work and study in another EU country.
The Schengen Zone
Within the ‘Schengen area‘ there are generally no identification checks at internal borders and includes the following countries:
The free movement of persons is a fundamental right guaranteed by the EU to its citizens. It entitles every EU citizen to travel, work and live in any EU country without special formalities. Schengen cooperation enhances this freedom by enabling citizens to cross internal borders without being subjected to border checks. The border-free Schengen Area guarantees free movement to more than 400 million EU citizens, as well as to many non-EU nationals, businessmen, tourists or other persons legally present on the EU territory..
If you are denied boarding, your flight was cancelled, you experienced long delays or your baggage is lost, you may be entitled to compensation under EU law and you can complain to the relevant enforcement body. For more information click here.
When travelling within the EU, if you suddenly fall ill or have an accident in another EU country, you are entitled to immediate healthcare. For this, you need the European Health Insurance Card, which you should obtain from your home country before departure. This applies only to short periods abroad. Call 112 to access the emergency services in any EU country!
Working & Retirement
You have the right to work and retire in any EU country and receive the same treatment as nationals of the country.
Important current restrictions
Please note: during a transitional period of a maximum period of seven years, workers from some of the states which recently joined the EU may face restrictions on access to the labour markets of the previous Member States (EU-15), whilst workers of the EU-15 may face reciprocal restrictions in some of the new Member States. There are also limitations on the access by citizens of new EU countriesto unemployment benefits in an EU country other than their own.
Your Europe provides information on Living, Working & Travelling in Europe.
If you are unemployed, you have the right to live in an EU country for ‘a reasonable period’ of time to look for a job – mostly six months (but check this for the particular country). This can also be extended.
Information about Careers and Internships in Europe
European Union: Work for the European Union
European Commission:European Personnel Selection Office
EU Traineeships [‘Stage’]
Arboreus: Online EU Training
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) offers opportunities to volunteer in another country in Europe or elsewhere in the world. EVS is open to all young people aged 18-30. Activities are unpaid, but all costs are covered.
SALTO YOUTH for youth work and training resources
Careers and Jobs in Europe
Information on jobs and learning opportunities throughout Europe
EUROPASS: Opening doors to learning and working in Europe
How to create your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Language Passport
ENIC-NARIC: Recognition of academic and professional qualifications Information on education systems, national centres to contact, and procedures for recognition
EUROPA: Work and retirement in the European Union
Your rights under EU law to work in other member countries; Overview of regulated professions by country; Your social security rights; Right of residence; etc.
European Youth portal: Working
Information and opportunities for young people across Europe
Youth: Studying, volunteering and getting involved in Europe
PLOTEUS: Portal on Learning Opportunities and Qualifications in Europe
EURYDICE: Education systems and policies in Europe
Study in Europe: Search opportunities to study in other Universities
ERASMUS+ Opportunities to study, volunteer and work abroad
ERASMUS+ Online Linguistic Support: Help to improve language to work or study abroad
Youth Exchanges: For groups of youth to carry out joint projects
Voice of Young People: age 13+ to link with youth policy makers
EURES provides information on jobs and learning opportunities in Europe
Youth on the Move: Study, learn, train, work abroad
European Youth Portal: Links and resources for working, volunteering, studying, rights, health and more..
EU Supporting Languages and Language Diversity: Funding, Tools and resources
European Day of Languages: At the initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September