Why work as a Spanish dentist in the Netherlands?
10 Years of Experience with Spanish dentists
A good work-life balance
Move from Spain to the Netherlands with BGB
Getting to know each other
When you get in touch with BGB, the most important thing is to get to know you. What are your ambitions? Why are you thinking about moving to the Netherlands? But also: what do you expect from us? What are your doubts? This helps us determine the best course of action to help you become a dentist in the Netherlands.
A Dutch course designed for dentists
The BGB Academy offers you an extensive Dutch language program that we have developed specifically for dentists. Starting with two months of E-Learning, you will master the basics of Dutch at home. In the ten following weeks, you will advance to B2+ level at the BGB Academy in Austria.
Getting settled: Work & housing
After you conclude your language course in Seefeld, it is time to move the Netherlands! Dutch dentistry is a great place for you to develop professionally, and with great living standards, infrastructure and culture, all ingredients are there for you to have a fantastic time in Holland. Of course, BGB helps you settle, aiding you with everything from finding a clinic to housing and all the paperwork.
Extended guidance & support
Even after you have completely settled into your new job and home, BGB is still ready to assist you with anything you need. We always aim to help you with whatever issue you may encounter. We are also able to assist you on the business side of things later down the line, such as starting your own limited liability company or even taking over a clinic.
Meet the dentists who went before you
Frequently asked questions
How long does the BGB program take?
Are there costs involved with the program?
Will I have enough money to live a proper life in the Netherlands?
What are the requirements for entering the project?
Can I join the project if I have a dentistry degree from outside of the EU?
Can I work in the Netherlands without knowing the language?
Do I need your help? Can I just go to the Netherlands myself?
How difficult is it to learn Dutch?
Do you have another question? Ask us!
Your future in Dutch dentistry
Ever since we first started guiding European dentists on their path to the Netherlands, we have been working closely with Spanish dentists on a regular basis. Over time, we noticed that the dental education of Spanish universities is a good fit for Dutch dental clinics. The knowledge and skills obtained in Spanish universities make it so that Spanish dentists have what it takes to succeed in the Netherlands, both if they’re experienced or newly graduated.
As of 2022, out of the 300 dentists we have helped find their way to the Netherlands, 77 have been from Spain. This means that the path from Spain to the Netherlands is by now well-travelled, and that this country is your ideal destination when you are looking to get more out of your career.
In the Netherlands, dentists perform a broad spectrum of treatments and see many patients every day. This ensures rapid professional development as well as an active and vibrant work environment. For Spanish dentists, a bright future awaits in the Netherlands.
The Dutch way of working
It is of course great that dentists in the Netherlands receive a good salary and working conditions, but one of the most attractive aspects of Dutch working life is not often talked about. That is to say, the balance between work and life.
Most dentists in the Netherlands work regular office hours and work no more than 8 hours every day. This means that, after the work day ends (usually around 5PM), you go home and are free to do what you want. Cook, go out with friends, go to the gym, spend time with your family. This distinction between professional life and private life is respected by employers, so you will have enough time to also build an actual life in the Netherlands rather than just working.
Of course, in some clinics you may need to work occasional emergency shifts, while other employers may offer more irregular hours. These things are all mutually agreed upon during contract negotiations, which is something that BGB is able to help you with.
The dentist as a vital medical professional
In the Netherlands, dentistry is widely regarded as one of the cornerstones of medical care. After all, dental health provides a good basis for general health: problems that start in the mouth, if left untreated, will likely have an effect on the overall health of the patient.
The view on dentistry within Dutch society means that a considerable part of the dental treatments that take place within our dental clinics are preventive, rather than reactive in nature. Patients go in for regular check-ups once or twice per year. Over the year 2018, 80% of the Dutch citizens visited a dentist at least once.
As important medical professionals, dentists are respected by their patients. This also means that patients expect good treatments from the person treating them. In Holland, the prices of treatments are fixed, so there is no competition based on price: only on quality. This makes the country an excellent place for dentists who want to focus constantly improving as professionals.
Pleased to meet you!
When you get in touch with us through our website, the next step is getting to know each other via Skype interviews. During the first interview, we will discuss why you would like to come to the Netherlands, what you expect from Dutch dentistry and BGB, and what your ambitions and objectives are as a professional. We will also go into more detail about the project to give you an idea of what your road towards the Netherlands will look like, and what you can expect once you get here. During the second interview, we will discuss a clinical case, so we can get an idea of where you stand in terms of your knowledge and skill.
Once we both decide that we would like to cooperate, the next step is inviting you to our final interview sessions, which will take place at our HQ in Amsterdam. There, we will discuss the contract and go through everything that we have to arrange to get you started. One of our dentists, Job and Rita, will also be present. With them, you will have a conversation about dentistry in the Netherlands, so we can learn more about your knowledge and philsophy regarding dentistry, and in turn you can learn more about the amazing world of Dutch dentistry.
Learning Dutch at the BGB Academy
The BGB Academy is located in a hotel in Seefeld, a picturesque village in the Tiroler mountains of Austria. After you conclude your initial 10 weeks of E-Learning, you and the other dentists in your group are invited to continue your studies on location at the academy. Over the course of 10 weeks, our great teachers will help you advance to B2+ level of Dutch, which is the level you need to start working in a Dutch dental clinic.
Our course program has been developed in-house by the BGB Academy, and it focuses specifically on dentistry. This means that, next to the Dutch language in general, you will be learning a lot about Dutch dentistry terms, how to address patients, and language conventions in the work place. This will help you feel more at ease when you start your first treatment with a Dutch patient.
Near the end of the course, we will start preparing you for the Dutch language exam. Passing this language exam is obligatory for everyone who wants to be included in the Dutch registry for healthcare professionals (BIG). Being registered with the BIG, in turn, is a requirement to work as a dentist in the Netherlands without supervision. Therefore, during the final phase of our course, we will be optimally preparing you for the exam.
Apart from helping you learn speak Dutch at a high level, your 10 weeks at the BGB Academy will simply be an amazing experience. You will be studying alongside other dentists who are doing the program with you, which means you will be going to the Netherlands with new friends. Meanwhile, the hotel staff will take excellent care of you, and there are plenty of activities to take part in around Seefeld for when you are not studying.
Working with BGB
Part of the contract you sign with BGB Dentistry is a job guarantee. This means that you will receive a monthly salary once you move to the Netherlands. While you will work in a Dutch clinic, your direct employer is BGB, and we are the ones who will paying your salary. This allows us to give you the security of a good salary, no matter where you start working.
The exact height of your salary depends on several factors, such as your experience and the revenue you expect to generate while working in the clinic. We will discuss and agree on the salary before you sign the contract. There are also milestones at which your salary will increase automatically, such as when you pass your Dutch language exam.
Meanwhile, the expenses of the education are covered by BGB. In return for this and a steady contract, we only ask your commitment: the contract lasts for a period of 3 years.
Welcome to the Netherlands!
From the moment you start learning Dutch in Seefeld, our account managers Robin and Catherine start their search for a clinic. We only work with clinics where we feel you will have the ability to grow professionally and start realising your ambitions.
It is possible that you will already have interviews with clinic owners while you are studying Dutch in Seefeld. These interviews may take place over Skype, but sometimes clinic owners will even travel to Seefeld to meet you and the other dentists in person. Therefore, it is probable that you will already know which clinic you are going to work at before you finish your language course!
BGB works with clinics spread out all over the country. Because the offer of available clinics varies, we are not able to say before you sign with us, in which part of the country you are going to work. However, the Netherlands is a small country that is very well connected through roads and public transport. The big city is never far away!
We will also help you with all the other things you need to get started here, whether it is finding a house, arranging documents, applying for the 30% ruling tax benefit or registering with the Dutch registry for healthcare professionals.
Staying in touch
It is true that the main part of our work consists of helping you learn the language, finding you a clinic and making sure you are settled.
However, there are a lot of things you will deal with when moving to a new country, and it may occur that sometimes, you just don’t really know what to do. BGB is always ready to help you with whatever issue or question you may have. After all, it is our objective to make sure you are satisfied with your career in the Netherlands not just on your first work day, but throughout your entire Dutch dentistry career.
It may also occur that your ambitions start to evolve after having worked in the Netherlands for a while. Perhaps you would like to become an independent dentist, or you dream of running your own clinic. We have experience with all of these things, and we will use that experience to help you to the best of our ability.
I must say, after I first spoke with BGB members, it didn't take me long to decide I wanted to go to the Netherlands. I was always interested in other cultures and lifestyles and because of that, it wasn't so difficult to make a decision. The only thing that stood in my way was learning the Dutch language. I understood that it was neccessary, but for me, that was the only disadvantage of the plan. But after a while, as Dutch people would say - het valt mee (it's not so bad)! Not only was I in love with the language, but spending time in Seefeld, the most beautiful Austrian village in the middle of the Alps, was definitely an experience I could never forget. Everything is easier in good company, especially with the family, and that is exactly what we have become. Doing everything together, laughing, learning, skiing, hiking, having fun and preparing for the next adventure, the time just flew by. The thing that was once the one thing that held me back, soon became the biggest advantage of the journey. If you ask me, I would do it all over again! And once more. 😉
Just wanted to say a huge thank you to the magic team of BGB Academy with helping me get through with my AKV taaltoets. It was not easy at all but they put me at ease with as much comfort and human warmth as possible. Actually they saved my future and made it possible for me to move forward in my career and acquire a chance to stay in the wonderful country of the Netherlands.
My partner and I moved to the Netherlands with the help of BGB and we are both so happy with how it went. Everything went really smoothly, despite the coronavirus pandemic, and BGB always had a plan A, B and C to solve any problems that came up with covid.
The Dutch teachers were great, and made learning the language in such a short time interesting and fun.
BGB were so helpful at getting us settled in, and helped us get great jobs in a clinic where we fitted in great.
Every person we have come into contact with in BGB have been so friendly and helpful. They really have a great bunch of people working together to help dentists with their new lives.
I don't think we could have organised the move on our own, so we are really happy that we found BGB to help us.
I graduated as a dentist in Budapest, Hungary in the summer of 2020. I was planning for a while to move to the Netherlands and to start my career here. Since my partner is Dutch, I could speak the „everyday language”, but my skills needed a boost to reach a professional level. I contacted BGB about the help they could provide me. It was very important to me not only to pass the exam, but to have the confidence in my Dutch to be able to deal with the everyday challenges of the clinical work. The offer I got from BGB was an intensive 2-day private course before the 2 parts of the exam. The course was tailored to my needs, I learned the right amount of theory and practical skills. The teachers were well prepared and flexible, they were very helpful to answer my questions between the course and the exam too. Getting the proper training helped me to not be so nervous about the exam and to easily pass it. During the course and the exam I got to know the people who work at BGB. They were very kind from the first moment on, even on the first day (which is usually a bit awkward) I was integrated and felt like this is not my first time seeing these people. I had a great experience with BGB, I can wholeheartedly recommend them to everyone who wants to start their career in the Netherlands and who wants to face the challenges of learning the language with the help of a great team.
Taking the big step of moving to a new country with a new language and a different culture is
always difficult. Doubts, nerves, insecurity… we all have those feelings. They’re part of our daily
life. But when we make a decision it’s always good to have people by your side who help you,
and that makes you feel that you are doing the right thing. BGB, in addition to giving you the
opportunity to work and feel you valued as a dentist, is always there by your side. I’m happy to
consider myself part of BGB team and for the experience that I never thought I would have
dared to have without them.
When writing about my experience with BGB, I worried if I would be able to say so much in a few sentences. I also think I will have to use some Dutch words!
Approximately 2 years went by since I made the decision that I wanted to continue building a career abroad, and signing a contract with BGB. For 2 years I communicated with people from BGB, got to know them well, gained full trust in them and wrapped up all my jobs, obligations and plans in my home country, survived a few months of living in the Corona crisis, postponed my departure and then reactivated it
And here I am. I have been living and working in the Netherlands for 2 months now. When I look behind me and remember mid-October 2020, when I started online Dutch classes, I didn't know how to say anything in Dutch. And now, 6 months later, when I speak and write and think in Dutch, I can say that everything is possible due to BGB and their indescribable organization and my dedicated work, determination and a great desire to work in the Netherlands.
And all the way from online classes, to the Seefeld trip in the middle of Corona travel ban, classes with Dutch teachers, all day environment of Dutch language and culture but in stark contrast to nature, in the hilly Tyrolean Alps, total Tyrol lockdown in February, inability to communicate in person with the owners of dental clinics, BIG exam, the uncertainty of the trip from Seefeld to the Netherlands, everything, absolutely everything, went smoothly, really smoothly, cheerfully and with a lot of laughter and unforgettable memories.
If I had set out on this adventure earlier, I would not have had the privilege of hanging out with more than 10 extraordinary and dear people every day, hiking and skiing on weekends for 10 weeks while all Tyrol travel is delayed, when not going on winter hollidays because borders are closed. I just then enjoyed it to the fullest, studied, had fun, progressed and finally got to where I had long imagined myself to be.
Finally, I would like to summarize my BGB experience in 5 words, Dutch words:
Leuk, gezellig, genieten, lekker, fantastisch.
If you don't understand them, use a dictionary or contact BGB and start learning Dutch! (Het zal alleen maar meevallen.)