Psychiatric care in The Netherlands is mostly provided by (university) hospitals and other (municipal) mental health centers. It has a high level of organisation and follows the professional guidelines on mental health. The psychiatry training shows some variation between the different centres but always complies with the national plan for psychiatry training that includes courses and practice in psychopathology, psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, etc. The residency program takes 4,5 years, aimed at teaching psychiatry in all phases of life (Child and Adolescent, Adult, Old Age). After 2,5 years, the following 2 years of the training can be individually tailored towards the residents individual interests: Child and Adolescent, Adult or Old age Psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, hospital psychiatry etc.

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Available program for EFPT Exchanges:

General Information The Netherlands

Periods available:

Starting from February 2024

The duration of the clinical placement:
  • Groningen: 2-3 weeks

You should be a resident in psychiatry training and preferably have experience or a strong interest in  Old Age Psychiatry.


Dutch is the working language with patients, but English is widely spoken by staff.
Basic understanding of Dutch is highly preferable. Fluent English is required.

Travel information:
  • VISA needed: check with your embassy
  • Travel and health insurance: highly recommended.

You can reach Groningen from the Amsterdam airport Schiphol by NS train, from the airport of Eindhoven by a bus + train connection (it works fine, but if you arrive at night you will need to wait until early morning) or from the German airport of Bremen by the frequent and comfortable Public Express bus.

Within the city people usually move around by bicycle (maybe you can borrow one from the place you stay). The bus services are good too.


Groningen: For a short duration there might be a possibility to stay with a host. Other possibilities you may consider are the Simplon hostelStee in stad, AirBnB or CouchSurfing and see the Groningen websites below.

Useful websites:


National coordinator: Louis van Enckevort