All international students are required by law to have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their stay in the Netherlands. Please check before you come to the Netherlands whether your insurance will cover the complete period of your stay abroad, and what type of coverage it consists of.
If you are in the Netherlands for study purposes only, you can take out Private health insurance or European Health Insurance (EHIC). If you start a (part-time) job or if you start an internship that pays at least the Dutch minimum wage, you are required to take out a Dutch basic health insurance.
Several private insurance companies offer sufficient coverage for international students, such as:
Please make sure your insurance covers you for the entire period of your stay in the Netherlands.
The website Zorgwijzer.nl (in English) allows you to compare the policies offered by the different insurance companies in the Netherlands.
As a student at the University of Amsterdam, you can make use of the special student deals that some health care providers offer.
If you do not have an address yet and you wish to purchase a health insurance, with AON Student Insurance you can initially register with the address of UvA Student Services:
UvA Student Services, P.O. Box 15832, 1001 NH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Please note that this address is for initial registration purposes only. UvA Student Services does not forward any postal mail received by AON, so you need to adjust the registered address as soon as you have arrived in the Netherlands.
You are required to take out a Dutch basic health insurance if you start a (part-time) job or if you start an internship that pays at least the Dutch minimum wage.