To obtain the BIG registration in the Netherlands, foreign dentists need to have a B2+ level of Dutch. BGB offers a language course with a total length of 4.5 months with both online classes and classes in person. It is an intensive course with a heavy study load. Therefore, many dentists are wondering if it is still possible to work whilst doing the language course.
The language course consists of four blocks and, apart from the first block (Code + Deel 1) in which you will follow online classes of 1.5 hours three times a week, it will be very unlikely that you will be able to continue your job. This has everything to do with the amount of hours you’ll spend on the Dutch classes and homework. As the duration of the classes increases to 3 hours each day during the second block, we strongly recommend you to cease working at this point.
By the time you’ve reached level A2, you will move to our physical location and spend the last 10 weeks studying full-time. As you will be situated in a different country than your own, it will no longer be an option to continue working. Moreover, you’ll need full focus on the language course which, in the end, will enable you to work as a dentist in the Netherlands.