If you obtained your doctor’s licence outside the European Economic Area (EEA), you will be required to demonstrate that your mastery of the discipline satisfies Dutch requirements. In order to do so, you will be required to take an assessment, which comprises two components:
To apply for an assessment, please refer to the BIG Register’s website.
The Association of Graduate Foreign Doctors (Vereniging voor Buitenlands Gediplomeerde Artsen, ‘VBGA’) was founded in 2014 by doctors trained abroad who themselves have experience with the assessment. If you have any questions about the assessment procedure, please do not hesitate to contact the association. The association can also put you in touch with Dutch GPs offering internships to foreign doctors who are preparing for their assessments.
The Dutch Foundation for Refugee Students, UAF, supports and supervises refugees and asylum seekers who wish to take a course at a Dutch university, university of applied sciences or institution of senior secondary vocational education. In addition, UAF helps highly educated refugees find suitable jobs and/or internships. Refer to UAF’s website to find out whether you are eligible for UAF support.
Every Dutch Academic Medical Centre (UMC) has a contact person for doctors with licences issued abroad who are scheduled to take the assessment. If you are preparing for the assessment, we highly recommend that you talk to one of these contact persons.
Click on this link to find a contact person in your vicinity.
Doctors with licences issued outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who applied for the assessment before 2 May 2012 will be granted a Dutch doctor’s licence upon completing further training.