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Paid educational leave

If you are a full-time or part-time employee (only in specific cases) in the private sector, you are entitled to be absent from work in order to follow a recognized study program through the paid educational leave system (in Dutch: ‘betaald educatief verlof’ or ‘BEV’).

The study program you want to follow with paid educational leave does not necessarily has to be related to your profession. You may choose to follow any program for professional purposes.
Your employer cannot refuse your request for paid educational leave, but he has to agree with the planning of your absences.