You are a student or doing an internship

If you have come to the Netherlands to study here, you will probably not be insured under the Long-term Care Act (Wlz). However, if you are a student from one of the BES countries or from Aruba, Curaçao or Sint Maarten and you have been staying here or plan to stay here for a number of years, you may well be insured under the Wlz scheme.

If you want to know whether you are insured, you can request an assessment.

You do paid work or a paid internship

If you start doing paid work in the country where you are studying, or a paid internship, your insurance under the Wlz scheme may change.

Select the situation that applies to you and read more about your insurance position.

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.

By ‘studying’, we mean that you are doing a course of study which:

  • 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, time spent in class and doing homework, and travelling time to and from your place of study.

If you start working in the Netherlands 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 applies regardless of whether 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.