If you are a student or doing an internship

If you are an international student in the Netherlands, including from the former Dutch Antilles or Aruba, you will probably not be insured under the Wlz scheme. If you are a Dutch student who is going to study in another country, you will remain insured under the Wlz scheme while you are away.

If you start doing paid work in the country where you are studying (this includes paid internships), your insurance under the Wlz scheme may change.

Choose the option that best describes your situation

If you have come to the Netherlands as an international student, you will not be insured under the Wlz scheme. This is also true even if you are registered as living at an address in the Netherlands.

You are regarded as a student if you are following a course of study that:

  • is provided under expert guidance and supervision
  • prepares you for a final exam, for which a diploma is awarded
  • ensures that you are able to work in the occupation you are being educated or trained for

In addition, we check whether you spend at least 19 hours a week on your course of study. This includes practical classes and optional course activities, class hours, homework hours and travelling time to and from your place of study.

If you start working alongside your studies

If you start doing a job on the side, or an internship or voluntary work for which you get paid, you will probably become insured under the Wlz scheme.

If you are going to study outside the Netherlands, you will remain insured under the Wlz scheme while you are away. This is true whether or not you are still registered as living at an address in the Netherlands.

If you start working outside the Netherlands alongside your studies, and you get paid for your work, your insurance under the Wlz scheme may well change.