Congratulations on your new jobWe look forward to welcoming you to Radboudumc. With the information and references you find here, we hope to facilitate everything you have to organize before you leave your home country. If you have any questions, can contact us at the International Office, your department or your HR Officer.
EuraxessAn excellent site that will help you to prepare is Euraxess, which specifically focuses on researchers who come to the Netherlands.
ExpaticaAnother useful website is Expatica.com. Expatica provides daily news, features and practical information in English on all aspects related to living in the Netherlands. Their goal is to provide high quality content and services to international communities.
Applying for permits
Apply for permitsThe permission to come to the Netherlands will be given by the Immigration Office (IND) in the Netherlands, and they will inform the Dutch Embassy in your home country. Then you can arrange your transfer to the Netherlands. After your arrival, we will arrange all necessary papers, documents, and other issues that are needed for your employment contract at Radboudumc.
Travelling to Nijmegen
Airports near NijmegenSchiphol Airport (near Amsterdam) has a train station with a direct train to Nijmegen. This trip takes about 1h30m and usually trains run twice an hour. Find the train times and prices on the NS website. Alternatively, it is possible to arrange a taxi in advance via Schiphol Travel Taxi. This service also works for other airports in the Netherlands.
Other airports that are close to Nijmegen are Eindhoven Airport and in Germany Düsseldorf Weeze and Düsseldorf International.
Finding accomodationHousing in the Netherlands is generally in short supply and can therefore be expensive. To find suitable accommodation that meets your needs and your budget we advise you start you search as soon as possible.
Radboud University GuesthouseThere is a Guesthouse on the Radboud University campus intended for new staff and guest researchers/lecturers from the Netherlands and abroad. The 103 modern apartments are for temporary occupancy (max. one year). The university and Radboudumc are jointly responsible for renting out the apartments. more on the Guesthouse
Upon arrivalMeeting Radboudumc
Welcome!The time after arrival in Nijmegen is very busy with arranging all kinds of practical matters. Here you can find what you need to take care of. We hope you enjoy your time at Radboudumc!
Meeting RadboudumcThe information on the website given by the International Office is useful to all international employees. Please note, however, that when it comes to practical assistance in these matters:
- All non-EU employees can contact the International Office
- EU employees with a paid contract can contact their HR Officer
- EU employees that are to work at Radboudumc but are engaged on an unpaid basis can contact their department
IntranetAlso, make sure to check out the services that the various departments within Radboudumc offer, such as forms for the annual performance review, or information on commuting expenses. More information can be found on the Radboudumc intranet (login needed).
Registering at the municipality
Citizen Service NumberWhen you register for the Municipality Administration, you will also receive a Citizen Service Number (Burgerservicenummer, BSN). This is a unique, personal number. This number is, amongst others, necessary to be able to open a bank account.
Financial mattersYou have arrived in Nijmegen and may have already started your job at Radboudumc. There are a few financial matters you will have to look into.
Bank accountRadboudumc can only manually transfer a salary to a foreign bank account which takes longer and is more prone to mistakes.
You will need a Citizen Service Number (Burgerservicenummer, BSN) to open a bank account. If you live in Germany or Belgium, you cannot get a Citizen Service Number (BSN) and you will need to apply for a social-fiscal number (RNI) so that you can open a bank account to receive your salary. An appointment at city hall to arrange this social-fiscal number will be made for you.
If you work or live in the Netherlands, you are legally obliged to take out public health insurance.
Health insuranceRadboudumc offers its employees the choice between two collective health insurances
If you have a scholarship, and you will not be paid by the Radboudumc, you can get insurance at Lippmann, OOM and AON.
Liability insurance is designed to offer specific protection against third party insurance claims.
Liability insurancePersonal liability insurance (‘aansprakelijkheidsverzekering’ in short ‘AVP’) covers almost all damage for which you, as a private individual, can be held liable, regardless of how the incident in question occurred. Damage caused by motor vehicles (e.g., through a collision) is not covered by the AVP. For this, one must take out third-party insurance (WA-verzekering). Please check with your (health) insurance company at home as to whether you have valid liability insurance for the Netherlands.
All employees receive disability insurance free of charge.
Occupational disability insuranceYou automatically receive the basic package, unless you opt out of it in writing within two months following employment. There is also an option to take out a supplementary disability insurance.
> Download Group Disability Income Insurance
TaxesWhen you come to live in the Netherlands, you qualify as a resident taxpayer. If you live in, for example, Germany or Belgium, but receive your salary from Radboud university medical center, you are a non-resident taxpayer. In both cases, you will be subject to Dutch income tax.
The 30% rule Re-imbursement of taxesThe department you will be working for has to agree to this and start the application. This facility means that the employer can pay 30% of the wages as a (tax-free) allowance for the additional costs of your stay in the Netherlands. You will be eligible for this facility if you have specific expertise that is scarce or not present on the Dutch labour market. PhD students generally don’t comply with the requirements for the 30% rule.
PensionWhen you receive a salary from Radboud university medical center, you automatically build up a pension with provider ABP. Through the Employee Plaza (Medewerkersplein) you can make an appointment with a consultant of ABP, who can answer specific questions (login needed). go to HR services - Pension
- When leaving the Schengen zone you will need to hand in your residence permit to a Border Security Officer.
- You will need to close your bank account and transfer the money to another account. If you were paid by Radboudumc, you will receive your last salary in the month in which you work your final day at the medical center. The final check takes place one month later.
- You will need to unregister at the Municipality Administration of the municipality where you live.
- The Dutch Tax Administration (Belastingdienst) also needs to know that you are moving away from the Netherlands. You can let them know when you are removing your registration at the Municipality Administration, and give them your new address.
- Find out at ABP what happens with your accrued pension when you leave the Netherlands.