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Annebet van Mameren


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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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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

Hello, We are relocating to The Hague and I would like to find some college where they teach a trade like plumbing or electrician in English. Is there any college I could look into already now?

by Fabio on 04 Jun 2017 Read Answer

I am considering a move to Holland. We are looking at Heiloo, Castricum, LImmen, Uitgeest and Heerhugowaard. I have a 15 year old and she is finishing grade 9 here in the US. Are there English language schools in any of the towns we are considering? Do they charge a tuition? Thanks

by AJ on 28 Mar 2017 Read Answer

Dear Annebet,

My 10 years old girl and I are moving to Amsterdam in about two months. We are Portuguese and she currently has a Basic/Intermediate English level.
I was wondering what would be the best school option for her since the international schools are either too expensive or have impossible waiting lists.

Regarding the Dutch school system, I read that there's a newcomers group possibility. Do you know in what their program consists on? Is it only plain Dutch? I'm afraid she'll be falling one year behind. When she's reintroduced to the "normal" Dutch system, she'll be one year behind, won't she?
Will she need to take the CITO exams? I've read that kids that have been on Dutch system for less than 4 years don't need to take them.

I'd appreciate some guidance.

Thank you for your attention.
Best regards,

by Rita on 25 Mar 2017 Read Answer
Wilma den Hartigh

Hi Annebet,
My family is relocating to The Netherlands in February as my husband got a job in Amsterdam. We will most likely live in Haarlem. My son who is 5 (turning 6 in March) attends a Waldorf School in South Africa and we would like for him to continue with this. The problem is that we will only receive BSN numbers once we arrive and can then only apply at schools. I'm concerned that there won't be any space. We don't want him to be out of school for too long. Is it possible/advisable for him to attend a Kindergarten in the meantime and where do I find information of such schools? We would like him to be in a Dutch school so that he can learn the language. Please, can you offer some advice or point me in the right direction? Thanks!

by Wilma den Hartigh on 21 Dec 2016 Read Answer

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