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The Dutch education system is very different to that of many other countries, and you may be struggling to find the right school. New2nl helps you or your employees navigate the system with confidence.


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G Gerber

Dear Annebet. The family and I are moving to the Netherlands later this year. We have three boys ages 9, 7 and 2. Our home language is English (mine is Afrikaans). We have read various websites in regards to the Dutch education system and we are finding it a bit overwhelming. We are looking for a small safe community to live in, but from what we have noticed, it is best to first find a good school and then the area. Since we are planning a permanent move, we have been informed that it is best for our eldest boys to go to an International School (i.e. ESH Den Hague or ES Bergen) for around 2 years before they move to a Dutch school? We are very much only interested in semi-private schools or Christen schools, but have difficulty finding a list of good schools to choose from. Last question, if we go semi-private or specialized (i.e. Christen schools) do we have to live in the postal code of the school? Many thanks Gunther

by G Gerber on 02 May 2018 Read Answer

Hi Ms.Annebet,
I am planning to live in Amsterdam starting with this June but before looking for a house I need to find a school for my son. He attended English speaking kindergarten for 1.5 years and he has been attending international school for 6 years. Next school year he will be 7th grade. I searched education in Amsterdam little bit and I feel stress how to find a school for him.Could you help me or give an advice about how I can choose a school for my son.
Thank you so much for your help in advance.

by Rukiye on 30 Apr 2018 Read Answer
Jessie Mills

I need information for a 5 & 7-year-old who will be attending Dutch Public schools in Middelburg, please.

I also need to have information on Middelburg local government.

Thank you for your help.

by Jessie Mills on 27 Apr 2018 Read Answer
Clarissa Viljoen

Hallo Annebet,
We will be relocating to The Netherlands and my son will be able to attend school from the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. He is 16-years old and his primary education language is Afrikaans. I would like to know if you would advise only applying to International schools or could we apply to Dutch schools as well?

by Clarissa Viljoen on 05 Mar 2018 Read Answer
Neil James

Hi Annebet,

My company is currently in the process of relocating me from my office in London to Amsterdam. I am moving with my 9 year old daughter and 5 year old son.

We would ideally like to live in the Haarlem area, and looking at an International school in the area, but having read the admission conditions which states:

The student has a non-Dutch nationality (or: also a non-Dutch nationality) and has a parent who is working in The Netherlands (or in a Dutch border region) for a limited time (maximum 3 years)

Does this preclude me from enrolling my children given I have a permanent contract? I notice the same statement on many of the international schools websites.

Also, if we have to go for the public route, I notice you mention in a few answers that the elder children must go through intensive dutch before joining the main class stream and may result in them being kept back a year? Is this definitely the case and why?


by Neil James on 13 Jan 2018 Read Answer

Hi Annebet,
We are currently in the process of looking for schools in Amsterdam as my husband will have a corporate move from London to Amsterdam. The company is willing to pay for an international school but we have found the wait lists unbelievable. Especially the AICS of a 2 yr wait list. We are also looking at the Denise Esprit. We are looking to move in the sounding areas of Vondelpark Oud-West or Oud Zuid. Could you recommend any public/state schools around these areas to look at? We were thinking as our 2 boys age 7 and 11 would be best to start in an international school as they do not know any Dutch. Your advice on this? How do the state/public schools integrate students who only know English? I will be in Amsterdam Nov. 1-3 to look at schools and the company has a relocation company organising the tours. Please any advise or help would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards,


by Tiffany on 28 Oct 2017 Read Answer
xiaohui zhang

Could you please tell me how to download the secondary school attainment targets ? I just wonder what contents the pupils study and what levels they will be. Thank you.

by xiaohui zhang on 25 Aug 2017 Read Answer

I am an International Student (from India studying Masters in Germany. I have a valid residence permit and work permit in Germany. I wish to do Internship in Netherlands for max 90 days.What are the formalities required to work in Netherlands. Do I need a visa to work or anything else. Can you help me with the problem?
Thanks in Advance.

by Robin on 11 Aug 2017 Read Answer
Almer Marion Cruz y Martin

Dear Annabet,
Me and my Dutch girlfriend is planning to tie the knot but as we know off, her student loan debts will be also my liability the moment we get married? I'm not a Dutch citizen and we both works and live in China.
Best regards,

by Almer Marion Cruz y Martin on 06 Jul 2017 Read Answer

Dear Annabet,

Greetings from Vienna! I am writing you in regards to some information’s regarding schools in Rotterdam.

I will be relocated with work in Rotterdam. I will start working on the 10th of July and my family will follow me shortly. My son will be 6 years old in August-17, can you please let me know what I have to do to find a school for him? He speaks Romanian as a native tongue, German- Fluent and English- beginner level.

Thank you and kind regards

by andreea on 08 Jun 2017 Read Answer

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