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Question:

In-Company Training/Work Placement/Internship: My In-Company Training or Work Placement is terminated or suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What can I do?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 26 August 2020, 3:29 PM)
Answer:

Please fill in this FORM. One of the External Relations & Work Placement team members will provide you with advice by email within 3 working days.


Question:

Insurance Coverage: What medical costs does my health insurance cover?

(Last edited: Friday, 24 April 2020, 3:04 PM)
Answer:

Examples of insurances students might need during their stay in the Netherlands besides medical insurance:  

  • Emergency costs and repatriation (e.g. in the event of unexpectedly having to return to your home country)
  • Private liability (e.g. a bike accident damaging a car in the process)
  • Home contents and personal property, including baggage (e.g. theft from your room, loss of suitcase during a trip)
  • Accidents (e.g. disability through an accident)
  • Legal aid (e.g. conflict with a landlord)  
Note 

If students are not or no longer eligible for Dutch Basic Healthcare Insurance and still a student, a complete insurance package is available via www.aonstudentinsurance.com.


Question:

Insurance Reimbursements: How can I get reimbursements from my insurance for my medical expenses?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 2:51 PM)
Answer:

International students have to pay for their medical bills before they can approach the insurance company for reimbursements. This means that for all medical appointments, students have to pay for it first, then, they can submit request for reimbursements (or claims) at the insurance company's website. Make sure you have the receipt for the payment of your medical bills. You may need to upload this receipt as proof of payment.

For AON insurance, paid bills can be reimbursed at the website: https://www.aonstudentinsurance.com/students/en/claims/.



Question:

Insurance: If I have arranged a Dutch basic health insurance for myself, how do I cancel the current AON insurance arranged by Wittenborg?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 19 August 2020, 2:45 PM)
Answer:

If your current AON insurance has been arranged by Wittenborg and you have now arranged insurance by yourself, we can cancel the AON insurance for you upon your request. This request will only be taken into consideration if you can provide proof that your new insurance has already started. Please fill in this webform, so that our Registrar Department can cancel your current AON insurance. The results of this form are processed every Monday and Thursday of the week. You will receive a confirmation of cancellation of your insurance by email. If you inform us of the cancellation of your insurance before the expiry date, you might be entitled to a refund based on the time remaining before the expiry. You can download the refund form (interactive Word Document) attached below to this FAQ, complete it, and upload it along with your new insurance certificate in the webform.



Question:

Insurance: If I work as a freelancer, do I still need to change my student health insurance?

(Last edited: Monday, 8 June 2020, 2:45 PM)
Answer:

If your monthly earning is above 150 euros then you need to change your Dutch student health insurance.


Question:

Insurance: Is it compulsory to have health insurance during my study in the Netherlands?

(Last edited: Monday, 31 August 2020, 3:03 PM)
Answer:

Health insurance is compulsory for every person who lives or works in the Netherlands. You are obliged to take out standard health insurance to cover the cost of, for example, consulting a general practitioner, hospital treatment and prescription medication. 

If you are studying here, you can take the AON student insurance. The university will normally arrange this for you upon your application to study at Wittenborg. In case you do not have an insurance, you can contact our registrar's office at registrar@wittenborg.eu and we can help to arrange it for you.

You are required to have a Dutch public health insurance if you have an income from a (part-time) job or internship. You can find more information here: https://www.studyinholland.nl/plan-your-stay/insurance



Question:

Insurance: Will I be fined for not having a health insurance while staying in the Netherlands?

(Last edited: Monday, 20 April 2020, 11:17 AM)
Answer:

Yes, non-compliance with this Dutch law means students may be fined by the Centraal Administratiekantoor (CAK). Depending on the period of being uninsured, fines can run into several hundreds of euro.  

Note: 

If students receive a letter from CAK which states that they need Dutch health insurance because of their income, they must act on it, even if the statement is incorrect. If students need help with these issues, frontdesk@wittenborg.eu or registrar@wittenborg.eu can assist in this matter. 



Question:

Insurance: WIll I still need insurance after my graduation?

(Last edited: Friday, 19 June 2020, 11:17 AM)
Answer:

If a student has graduated recently or will graduate soon and will continue to stay in the Netherlands as a 'zoekjaar' (search year) student, a new insurance policy can be applied via the insurance website.

Please note that: 

  •  The new insurance policy must start within 3 years after graduation.
  •  Students must have had an Aon student insurance for at least six consecutive months.
  •  If students apply for the ICS insurance, select home country and destination country (the Netherlands) and select Search year student at Student’s situation

Please note that purchasing this insurance is only possible if students have a "search-year permit". Aon may ask for proof of the search year permit or a pending application for one.

The search-year permit is a permit for a maximum period of one year, to enable students to look for a job in the Netherlands after completion of studies. If students find a paid job or internship in the Netherlands, they will need to take out a public Dutch Basic Healthcare Insurance. 



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Internship and Part-Time Jobs: Is there any difference between internships and part-time jobs?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 25 August 2020, 6:53 AM)
Answer:

An internship is a compulsory module and is an essential part of your study programme, while a part-time job is an additional extracurricular option. You will be assigned a company supervisor who will monitor your progress throughout the internet. The company supervisor will update the Work Placement Coordinator of your progress from time to time. You will also be assessed at the end of your internship and the grade will be included in your results report. As for part-time job, there is no assessment and it is strictly your own personal undertaking.

Take note that you will not be allowed to present your final thesis if you have not passed your internship or WP module.


Question:

Internship/Work Placement Duration: What is the minimum duration of an internship?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 26 August 2020, 3:29 PM)
Answer:

The EEG Part 7 Work Placement Handbook, page 3, mentions “The duration of the WP is minimum of 3 months full-time”. In EEG Part 7a Work Placement Handbook “In-Company Training takes at least 4 months full-time.”



Question:

Internship/Work Placement termination initiated from the student side due to COVID-19, what to do?

(Last edited: Friday, 19 June 2020, 4:23 PM)
Answer:

Please fill in this FORM. One of our External Relations & Work Placement team members will provide you with advice by email within 3 working days.


Question:

Internship/Work Placement Waiver: Will my prior work experience be counted as an internship?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 13 October 2020, 5:59 PM)
Answer:

There are no exceptions offered by Wittenborg for the work placement. All regular students must fulfil the conditions of this module. All regular students will have to go through the assessment of this module (Weekly and Monthly Journals, Work Evaluation Report and Work Evaluation Report Oral Defence).

The Graduation and Examination Board recognises that students can ask at the entry of the programme to be deemed as having done the work placement module. This will only be considered if the following has been fulfilled:

1. The student has done a prior WP which had at least the same duration of a normal Wittenborg WP and was done not more than two years prior to the date of admission to the respective programme.

2. This prior WP has not been credited before, by another education institute.

3. The student is able to provide the WP Coordinator with:

  • a. A proper and detailed job description
  • b. A recommendation letter from the company

4. The WP Coordinator will contact the company with regards to the recommendation letter.

5. If all conditions have been met, the WP Coordinator will formally recommend to the Graduation and Examination Board of the student’s request of compensating the WP duration period.  

6. If approved, the student will need to write the Work Evaluation Report (WER) and defend it.

7. The final approval is given by the Graduation and Examination Board.

To start this process, you need to fill in this FORM. the link for the form is: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=yh8AaY_RGU2WLpSbUdTbiWxJ6X7XPuBJrlEkDjQgDONUNkgxVzBUVUdNSDk0SDNPQUVGMzlQT1hGQyQlQCN0PWcu





Question:

Internship/Work Placement: Can I get multiple full-time internships?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 26 August 2020, 3:30 PM)
Answer:

No. Only one internship counts towards your studies.


Question:

Internship/Work Placement: Can I take up internship in any province of the Netherlands?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 26 August 2020, 3:42 PM)
Answer:

Yes. You can.


Question:

Internship/Work Placement: Can I undertake an internship in my home country?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 26 August 2020, 3:30 PM)
Answer:

While the university guidelines do not allow you to go back to your home country to do an internship, an individual mitigating circumstance request could be considered, though it is not encouraged.


Question:

Internship/Work Placement: Can I work at Wittenborg as an intern?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 26 August 2020, 3:31 PM)
Answer:

Wittenborg has rolling internship positions available for its students. You must check WittenborgConnect and Wittenborg student and staff facebook group to check for any open internship positions.


Question:

Internship/Work Placement: Do I have to study during an ongoing internship?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 26 August 2020, 3:31 PM)
Answer:

No, you don’t need to study, but you can plan school activities during the internship, which needs to be communicated clearly with the university and company of your ongoing internship.

Note:

It is advised to inform your process tutor in such cases, at all times.


Question:

Internship/Work Placement: Do I need to do an internship within a specific time?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 26 August 2020, 3:32 PM)
Answer:

No, but you are advised to discuss your study plan with your Process Tutor. Take note that delaying your internship means delaying your graduation, which could mean that you may need to pay extra tuition fees. The internship is a compulsory module and if it is not completed, you will not be allowed to complete your final thesis.


Question:

Internship/Work Placement: Do I need to inform the university if I want to apply for an internship?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 26 August 2020, 3:33 PM)
Answer:

Yes. Your internship will officially and legally start only if you have completed the application procedure and it has been agreed and signed by the university.


Question:

Internship/Work Placement: I am a Phase 1 student. When can I start with the internship (Work Placement)?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 26 August 2020, 3:52 PM)
Answer:

For a Bachelor's student, to be eligible for Internship/Work Placement (WP), he/she must satisfy the following requirements:

1. Have passed PDP1 (Personal Development Programme) in Phase (Year) 1 and PDP2 (in Phase (Year) 2.

3. Have obtained a minimum of 160 EC (European Credits) or completed Phases (Year) 1 and 2 of the Bachelor's Programme in full OR

4. Have obtained 80 EC for EBA (Entrepreneurial Business Administration) double-degree programme.




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