Working next to your studies abroad

If you decide to start working next to your studies abroad, then this may affect how you should arrange your health insurance. It is possible that your social insurance in the Netherlands will expire at the moment you’re earning an income abroad. In which case, you should obtain health insurance in that particular country, that starts on the day that you first receive your income.

Consequences of working next to your studies abroad

Please note that as of the first day you start to work, the legislation of the country where you are studying and working is in force. The precise rules and regulations depend on the duration of your stay, the nature of the job and the country of residence.

In the following countries your health insurance will expire immediately when you work next to your studies:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • The United States
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Uruguay
  • Chile
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Channel Islands
  • The Isle of Man
  • All treaty countries

If you decide to start working next to your studies in another country than the ones listed above, then your Dutch health insurance will not immediately expire. Your insurance will stay valid for three more months after your first workday. After this period you need to obtain a new health insurance in the country of residence.

Note:
When your family members relocate to the country where you are studying, these rules also apply to them and they will have the same rights and obligations. Therefore, they should also bear in mind that working in the country where you are studying may also have an impact on their health insurance.