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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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Hi Annebet,
We are now leaving in Amsterdam and thinking to stay here for good. My child is 8 years old and currently attending tweetalen school in Amsterdam. Because of unfortunate situation we are now thinking for him to join British School of Amsterdam where he will continue to learn Dutch properly. He is very bright boy and we were hoping for him after primary school to join the Dutch gymnasium. Is it possible for a child to join gymnasium from BS with good level of Dutch and does he needs to do any entrance exams? So far his cito test results were outstanding.
Thank you very much in advance.
Best wishes

by Maya on 08 Jan 2016 Read Answer

Hello Annebet,
My husband and I are planning to move to the Netherlands using the Dutch-American Friendship Treaty. (We're looking at Maastricht, but are open to anywhere really.) We currently own a preschool in America (for children 3-5 years old) and intended to open a similar program in NL. However, I'm having a difficult time in finding out if this is viable. Are the Voorschools public (as in state-operated)? Is it possible to open a private preschool? Is there even a need in the community? If so, would you be able to direct me to the requirements of opening a private preschool? I'm also wondering if most children do enter primary school when they turn 4?
Thank you so much for any help you may be able to provide!

by Mallory on 04 Jan 2016 Read Answer

Dear Annebet,
Could you help please with a question, I'm a knowledge migrant, living in the Netherlands with my wife mostly 2 years. My wife is interested in studying for a masters degree here, is she allowed to get financial support for that if we are not EU citizens?

by Vlad on 22 Dec 2015 Read Answer

Hello, Annebet, I am Kathy from Hong Kong. I am 15 years old, currently studying in the High school in Hong Kong. I have a Dutch passport and I want to study in a Dutch high school next school year. I want to ask if the main teaching language in the local high schools was English or Dutch. I am not very rich that I can have an opportunity to study in the internationals schools. I asked the government if I could get fund if I study in the international schools and they replied with 'no'. If the local high schools are using English as the teaching languages, that will be great for me because I don't know how to speak, write and listen Dutch. Can you list the local high schools, located in Rotterdam? Thank you

by Kathy on 09 Dec 2015 Read Answer
Rick Deacon

Hi Annebet,

I am a 33 year old resident of the United Kingdom and am interested in relocating to the Netherlands.
I am a full time working professional with 7 years experience in the IT industry. The type of work I have experience with is mainly customer facing and so I would need to speak the local language to be able to transfer that work to a foreign speaking country.
I am looking at adult education as a way to learn Dutch and integrate myself into Dutch society and culture. I would be looking at studying a full time course (possibly self funded) in an IT related subject to further my education.
I have already emailed one university (University of Twente) who advised that the vast majority of students enrolling are around the age of 18, and also that I would need an A-Grade in both English and Mathematics as a pre-requisite.
Are you able to offer any advice on alternative education that doesn't have such strict pre-requisites, or an alternative suggestion on moving to The Netherlands.

Thank You for time and any advice you may be able to offer


by Rick Deacon on 29 Nov 2015 Read Answer
Denisa Manojlovic

Dear Annebet,
I'm a physiotherapy Master's degree student at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. I'm applying for the Erasmus+ programme and I would really like to come to the Nederlands, but my University doesn't have a bilateral agreement with any Dutch University, so it's up to me to find a suitable one and convince them establish an agreement with Ljubljana.
I'm particularly interested in sports physiotherapy, so I was wondering if you have and recommendation on which universities should I concentrate the most. Ideally I would like to be in Amsterdam but am open to other cities also.
I know it's a long shot, but it's worth a try.
Thank you in advance

by Denisa Manojlovic on 20 Nov 2015 Read Answer
Murilo Cruz

Hi Annebet,

I am from Brazil and have a 4 year old child, who speaks Portuguese only. I just got an offer to work for a company in Amsterdan, and before accepting I am trying to understand how my boy will react to this move, and how the education system in the Netherlands deals with children who are neither dutch nor english speakers. What kind of school would you recommend me in the case that I accept the offer and choose to move to Amsterdam?

Thank you

by Murilo Cruz on 11 Nov 2015 Read Answer
Heather Kaulbach

Hi Annebet, my 12 year old daughter is completing her last year in SBO, where she has been for two years. She has ADD and Dyslexia, but is also a bright, creative and hard-working kid. My husband and I were shocked to hear that she will likely not qualify for VMBO due to her test scores. We have looked into the Dutch PRO education and do not feel this is a good fit for her. Are there any options for us to assist her with retesting, an extra year of primary school or tutoring to help get her to the next level? We feel strongly she has great potential and just needs some extra support since she was very late getting help with her learning difficulties. We are unclear on what options if any exist in the Dutch education system. She is bilingual, speaking near native English and native Dutch. Your assistance would be much appreciated.

by Heather Kaulbach on 10 Nov 2015 Read Answer
Cheryl Boyd

My family is planning a move to Eindhoven early 2016. My 18-year-old daughter is considering attending Tilburg University for a bachelor's in their Liberal Arts & Sciences program. If we are residents of the Netherlands, is she eligible for a tuition waiver and to only pay tuition as an EU national? If not, is there a student loan program to cover the 8300 euro tuition?

by Cheryl Boyd on 08 Nov 2015 Read Answer

Hi, we are moving to Haarlem in January, can you recommend any local schools for our 6 year old daughter? She has no Dutch language skills but we would prefer her to attend a Dutch school what advice can you offer prior to her starting? Really appreciate any help or tips you can provide. Thank you

by Alan on 03 Nov 2015 Read Answer

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