Question:(Last edited: Monday, 16 November 2020, 3:36 PM)
Health Insurance: I have received a letter from CAK. What should I do now?
If you have received a letter from the CAK (CAK - Centraal Administratiekantoor, is the government organisation that administers Dutch health insurance) that say that you are ‘not insured’, it means that you do not have health insurance with a Dutch health insurer.
Dutch basic/public health insurance is compulsory for people who work in the Netherlands. This health insurance is different from the International Insurance that international students have.
If you have a part-time job or if you are doing an internship for which you are paid at least as much as the Dutch minimum wage (click here for more information on the minimum wage), you are required to take out a Dutch basic/public health insurance. Even if you have not received a letter from CAK, you are strongly advised to take out the health insurance or risk getting a fine of €402.24. If you do receive the letter from CAK, please take action within the 3 months or any given period indicated in the letter.
However, if you work on a self-employed basis or if you have received the letter from CAK incorrectly (because you don't have a part-time job or paid internship), or if you are in doubt whether you really need to arrange for a Dutch basic/public health insurance for yourself, you can contact SVB and start the Wlz assessment (also called the SVB investigation). You can do so by following the instructions below: Keep in mind that it might take 6-8 weeks before you receive the outcome of the Wlz assessment. Therefore, take action immediately after receiving the letter from the CAK.
1) Contact the Sociale Verzekeringsbank (SVB) to request (free of charge) an investigation of your insurance position under the Wlz scheme. For this request, you can either do (A) or (B):
(A) Send by post: Complete the pdf document attached below Assessment of Wlz Insurance Position form (pdf) and send it together with all necessary documentary evidence to: SVB, Postbus 18607, 3501 CR Utrecht.
(B) Do it online. Click on this link Requesting an assessment of your Wlz insurance position online, and login using your DigiD. You can then submit your application quickly and easily.
2) Make a copy of the completed and signed 'Assessment of Wlz insurance position' form and send it immediately to the CAK as this proves that you have taken the necessary action.
3) If the SVB decision is that you are not to be insured (that means you don’t have to take the Dutch Health Insurance), send a copy of the decision from SVB to the CAK. Use this Contact Form and choose the option ‘regeling onverzekerden’. CAK will then close your file and you can continue with your international health insurance (AON ICS).
4) If the outcome of the
Wlz assessment states that you are to be insured with a Dutch public health
insurance, do so immediately within the time frame given by the CAK.
Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 10 March 2021, 2:46 PM)
Health:Where can I get help for mental health problems?
If you have mental health problems you can get support from your GP by making an appointment with them. They can provide treatment or refer you to other mental health professionals, depending on the nature of your problems and their complexity. Please check AON Complete+ for insurance coverage information.
On the other hand, there are some other institutions which offer free mental health services and support through chats and phone calls.
113 Suicide Prevention: It is the national Dutch suicide prevention centre financed mainly by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. Phone numbers are 113 and 0800 – 0113. The organization employs psychologists and psychiatrists and a large group of fully trained volunteers who provide round-the-clock confidential support through chats and phone calls, also in English.
The Listen Line: The organization has a call centre 24 hours a day, all year round. The telephone support service has existed for more than 60 years and the number is 088 0767 000. Also the chat service is available through their website every day of the week from 10:00 to 22:00. The assistance is non-binding and anonymous.MIND: The MIND Korrelatie is a national organization which provides anonymous and professional psychological assistance. The organization has a call centre (0900-1450), chat service on their website and e-mail support. They also offer WhatsApp support by chatting with a counsellor through 0613863803. Please check their website for the service hours of each service.
Question:(Last edited: Thursday, 18 June 2020, 9:29 AM)
Heating System: Is there a heating system available in my house?
Yes. Each Wittenborg Student Housing comes with a heating system installed. The temperature is set to 21 degrees celsius and this temperature must always be maintained. Please avoid unnecessary use of energy and gas as it may cause additional expenses for the university.
Help us in creating a more sustainable environment by avoiding unnecessary usage of energy and gas.
Question:(Last edited: Friday, 14 January 2022, 3:32 PM)
Helpdesk: How can I access the Helpdesk, If I have a query?
A ticketing system is used at Helpdesk and you can easily create a ticket for different types of issues that may incur. A direct link to the Helpdesk is available on your dashboard on Wittenborg-Online, alternatively you can click here.
Question:(Last edited: Thursday, 18 June 2020, 9:31 AM)
High School Diploma: Due to COVID-19, I might not receive my high school diploma. Does this have an impact on my application?
No, in most cases. Wittenborg understands that this is an exceptional situation we are currently in. We are aware that schools worldwide have postponed or cancelled high school final exams. Should you be unable to obtain your high school diploma, or you will receive a different statement of completion of your studies, please inform our Admissions Department at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how they can assist you further.
Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 11 November 2020, 2:13 PM)
Housing Moving Out: Can I move out of the student housing before the end of the package period?
You can move out of the Wittenborg student housing before the end of the package period but there will be no refund allowed in general.
Please refer to the student housing Rules and Regulations for further details or contact email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Question:(Last edited: Friday, 19 November 2021, 2:02 PM)
How to open a private Dutch bank account?
Before you go to open your bank account, you need to choose which bank suits your needs or principles. You should also take into account that most banks charge a yearly fee for having an account with them.
Biggest banks in the Netherlands
To open a private bank account in the Netherlands you will need to either make an appointment online, or simply walk into your nearest branch with all of your details.
To open a bank account in the Netherlands you will need the following: