As a UT student, you can benefit from a wide range of healthcare institutions and services on our campus.
At the UT campus, you can find a dentist, physiotherapist, and psychologist, among others. If you want to make use of healthcare in the Netherlands, you need to have health insurance and arrange for a general practitioner (GP).
As an international student, you will experience health care in the Netherlands differently from what you are used to in your own country. But don't worry, it is only organised differently, you will always find and get the healthcare you need.
Firstly, you need to make sure you are properly insured during your stay in the Netherlands. By law, you are required to have health insurance. Your personal situation will determine which type of insurance you need.
Secondly, when you arrive in the Netherlands, you should register with a local General Practitioner (GP) or local family doctor practice (huisarts in Dutch). This person is your first point of contact for healthcare in the Netherlands, only with his or her referral you can access medical specialists, hospital tests, and prescription drugs.
How to choose a GP?
You can choose a local practice yourself. For example, you can register with the GP located on campus (independent from UT). Or you can decide to register with other practices in the cities of Enschede or Hengelo (‘Midden Twente’). You can see an overview of GPs on the LHV website, search for a GP on Zorgkaart Nederland, or visit the city hall of your municipality. But please be aware, it may be difficult to find a suitable GP (other than the campus GP), as nearby practices may not be taking new patients. We advise you to register with a GP practice as soon as possible after your move.
In the event of a life-threatening situation, you should call 112 for an ambulance, the police or the fire brigade! If you are on the UT campus, you should call (053 489) 2222.
Within the Dutch healthcare system, you may face situations completely different from those you are used to in your own country. Here are a few examples.
If you have personal circumstances or are experiencing personal problems that are affecting your studies or your well-being, feel free to talk to our advisers and counsellors from SACC.
Check out more information about well-being and mental health at our well-being page.