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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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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
Wei Ling

Dear Annebet,

My son will be 16 years old and will complete his GCE 'O' Level in Singapore in 2017. Which education level is GCE 'O' Level equivalent to in the Netherlands?

Best regards,
Wei Ling

by Wei Ling on 22 Nov 2016 Read Answer

Dear Annabet,

my daughter is 15, and will came to the Netherlands next school year (after she finish 1st/of 4 years, secondary School in Slovenia). She is need to attend an International School, or maybe local bilingual High School. I've read your answers on similar questions, but still, what would you recommend, based on her age, and fact, that she will at the time complete just one year of Secondary education?


by Anja on 24 Oct 2016 Read Answer
Ratna Mitra

Dear Annebet,

Is it true that there is now law that Dutch schools teach Hindu religious scripture Bhagwad Gita from 5th Grade? Do all Dutch schools including Public schools have this rule or do this rule only imply on Hindu schools? Do they teach on other religion also like Islam, Christianity etc?

There have been too much of misinformation going on in India regarding Dutch schools making it mandatory to teach Bhagwad Gita. Please enlighten us.

Ratna Mitra

by Ratna Mitra on 23 Oct 2016 Read Answer
Mahad Osman


I finished secondary school in the UK last year. I''m not proud of it but I got very low grades. I then took a gap year straight after I had finished. I am 17 now, 18 in December and I am planning to move back to the Netherlands where I was originally born. I still have my dutch passport. I was wondering if I can apply for University as I am pretty confused by the Dutch education system. It is very different. I am planning on residing in The Hague at the end of October so will I have to wait until 2017 to start studying.


by Mahad Osman on 18 Oct 2016 Read Answer
Viktor Guzman

Dear Annebet,
I am a non EU-national highly skilled migrant living in the Netherlands since 2014. My wife is currently following Dutch courses and I am paying the full courses cost because we are not eligible to get any allowance from the government or the DUO with our current residence status. In the near future I would like to register my wife for full-time master degree courses. I have checked the cost and it is really high. I would like to know if I can have a loan from the DUO with my status as non EU highly skilled migrant. Otherwise, could you advise any other organizations?
I would appreciate you help.
Best regards,

by Viktor Guzman on 16 Oct 2016 Read Answer

I am moving to Hague in two months for PhD studies. My daughter is 11 years old (September born) and studying in an English medium Indian school in grade 6. I have not yet enrolled her in any school as I was not sure my exact time of relocation and also as I am not yet finalised an accommodation. I would like to send her preferably to a public school, but I am not sure if its possible for only English speaking children, with no prior knowledge of Dutch to attend public schools. Also, in which grade will she be admitted? Finally, is it possible to enroll in a public school unless one is certain of the location where the house would be rented?

Would greatly appreciate your advice. Many thanks.

by Sanghamitra on 25 Sep 2016 Read Answer

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