Figuring out international schools in the Netherlands can be quite the task, but we’re here to help.
Here’s all you need to know in 2021 when it comes to picking out an international education in the Netherlands.
First of all, what are international schools?
International schools in the Netherlands are schools where children who aren’t native to the Netherlands (usually) study. The schools, therefore, have students from a range of different cultures and nationalities. As suggested in the name, these schools provide an international education.
The schools either have an international curriculum, which is recognised everywhere, or they take up the national curriculum of a different country (for example a British International School would follow a British curriculum).
If you’re new to the whole school system in the Netherlands and wondering what we might be yammering on about, then be sure to check our other guide to schools in the Netherlands first. Otherwise, this whole thing about international schools in the Netherlands may get a tad confusing if you’re new here. 😉
How do you qualify for international schools in the Netherlands?
Not everyone qualifies to go to an international school and this is set by the Dutch Ministry of Education. So, be sure to check that you qualify (well, that your little one does) before you make this kind of decision. You must be:
- A child who was not born into a Dutch family and is planning on staying in the Netherlands for a limited amount of time.
- A child with Dutch nationality, however, the parents are due to be temporarily stationed abroad for at least two years and will leave within two years.
If you want to find out the main differences between states schools and international schools, check out our guide with handy tips from experts at Rotterdam International Secondary School.
How much does it cost to go to an international school in the Netherlands?
What are the costs of international schools in the Netherlands? That’s the big scary question that many people would rather avoid.
Well, international schools in the Netherlands certainly aren’t cheap. You have a choice of public international schools and private international schools. A public primary charges between €3,600 to €6,600 per year and a secondary can cost between €5,500 to €8,500 per year.
Private international schools are much, much more. You could be looking to pay between €17,000 and €23,000 per year! These are all mandatory fees and don’t include extracurricular activities and other school trips.
What is the curriculum in international schools?
This varies between each school, so it’s worth looking up individual schools to see which curriculum they follow. However, we’ll give you a quick low-down on the main curriculumns and languages international schools in the Netherlands teach.
If you are looking for a school that teaches the curriculum in your native language, try a foreign national school. For example, a “British International School” will teach in English. However, many other private international schools teach English, therefore this would be the best option for your child if you want your child to learn the language.
In terms of national diplomas, both British and American schools always teach based on their own curriculum along with offering additional diplomas.
What about bilingual education in the Netherlands?
Since the Dutch speak English well and learn it to an advanced level in many schools, there are only a few official bilingual secondary schools. This is called “Tweetalig Onderwijs” or TTO. Here your child will get awarded proficiency certificates, such as the CPE diploma, CAE, and English A2. Children are taught in English around half of the time and the rest is in Dutch. Your child needs to be proficient in both languages for them to able to cope with this teaching method.
Pros of international schools in the Netherlands
- Your child will be taught in an international learning environment — this is always good as we’re living in an increasingly globalised world.
- Lots of international teachers teach at international schools — this also enhances their international learning environment and also means that the teachers will understand any of your child’s concerns and even yours.
- Your child gets taught an international curriculum that suits their circumstances — it will enhance their employment, especially when they are working abroad.
- They have the opportunity for a multilingual education and it’s the perfect opportunity to learn not only the English language well, but the Dutch language and other languages at the same time.
- Your child will be exposed to people from all different backgrounds, cultures, and religions. They will make friends with a variety of different people — which is very valuable in this day and age.
Cons of international schools in the Netherlands
- They can be very expensive and so you need to ensure that you have the finances to meet that (however, sometimes companies will pay this for you if you’re working somewhere great).
- They may not get to grips with the Dutch language as quickly as opposed to if they were to go to a Dutch school.
- You may have to travel further to go to an international school.
- There are fewer international schools to choose from than regular Dutch schools.
Where are the international schools in the Netherlands?
Brace yourselves, there is a long list here, so you’ve got A LOT of research to do.
International schools in Amsterdam
Amity International School
1182 HL Amsterdam
Amsterdam International Community School
Prinses Irenestraat 59-61
1077 WV Amsterdam
British School of Amsterdam
Nursery & Infant School:
Anthonie van Dijckstraat 1
1077 ME Amsterdam
Lower Junior School:
Jan van Eijckstraat 21
1077 LG Amsterdam
Fred. Roeskestraat 94A
1076 ED Amsterdam
Florencius International Primary School
De Savornin Lohmanlaan 2
1181 XM Amstelveen
International School of Amsterdam
1185 TB Amstelveen
Annexe du Lycée Français Vincent van Gogh
1073 GK Amsterdam
The Japanese School of Amsterdam
Karel Klinkenbergstraat 137
1061 AL Amsterdam
International Schools in The Hague
Deutsche Internationale Schule (German School)
Van Bleiswijkstraat 125
2582 LB Den Haag
Le Lycée Français Vincent van Gogh
2584 AA Den Haag
The Indonesian Embassy School in the Netherlands
2245 CB Wassenaar
The International School of The Hague
2554 BX Den Haag
The European School of The Hague
2566 HA Den Haag
The American School of The Hague
2241 BX Wassenaar
The British School in the Netherlands
Junior ages 3-11:
2592 AA Den Haag
Junior ages 3-11:
2592 GH Den Haag
Junior and senior campuses:
Vrouw Avenweg 640
2493 WZ Den Haag-Leidschenveen
Senior ages 11-18:
Jan van Hooflaan 3
HSV International Primary Schools
2514 JT Den Haag
Koningin Sophielaan 24a
2595 TG Den Haag
Van Nijenrodestraat 16
2597 RM Den Haag
Lighthouse Special Education
Amalia van Solmstraat 155
2595 TA Den Haag
International Schools in Rotterdam
Rotterdam International Secondary School
3039 KK Rotterdam, Netherlands
3039 KS Rotterdam, Netherlands
International Primary Department
Graaf Florisstraat 56
3021 CJ Rotterdam
Nord Anglia International School Rotterdam
3055 WJ Rotterdam
The Japanese School of Rotterdam
3055 WJ Rotterdam
International Schools in Utrecht
International School Utrecht
Van Bijnkershoeklaan 8
3527 XL Utrecht
3527 VX Utrecht
Other international schools in the Netherlands
International Schools in Almere
International Primary School Almere
Roland Holststraat 58
1321 RX Almere
International School Almere
1362 JA Almere – Poort
International schools in Arnhem
Rivers International School Arnhem
6846 RB Arnhem
International schools in Bergen
The European School of Bergen
1862 BC Bergen NH
International schools Breda
International School Breda
4837 EH Breda
International schools in Brunssum
Afnorth International School
Ferdinand Bolstraat 1
6445 EE Brunssum
International schools in Delft
2628 BX Delft
International schools in Eerde
International School Eerde (Boarding)
7731 PJ Ommen
International schools Eindhoven
International School Eindhoven
5651 GC Eindhoven
International schools Groningen
9722 JV Groningen
9752 AE Haren
P.O. Box 6105
9702 HC Groningen
International schools in Haarlem
International School Haarlem
2014 XP Haarlem
2033 MN Haarlem
International schools in Hilversum
International School Hilversum
1213 AL Hilversum
International Primary School Hilversum
Site for ages 4-8:
Frans Halslaan 57A
1213 BK Hilversum
Site for ages 8-12:
1213 BH Hilversum
Site for ages 4-12:
1221 KH Hilversum
International schools in Hoofddorp
Optimist International School
2134 XL Hoofddorp
+31 3303 5924
International schools in Leiden
Elckerlyc International School
2353 RE Leiderdorp
International Secondary Dept. at Het Rijnlands Lyceum
2341 BA Oegstgeest
International schools in Maastricht
United World College Maastricht
6225 XP Maastricht NL
International schools Twente
IST Primary Dept. at Prinseschool
7541 AN Enschede
IST Secondary Dept. at the Stedelijk
7541 WG Enschede
Overall, sending your child to any school, whether that be a Dutch state school, an international school, or a private school, is not a quick decision. Make sure you research extensively, go and see the schools for yourself and try to work out what will be best suited not only for your child but for your family. Good luck with your search.🙏 (urgh, adulting).
What do you think about international schools in the Netherlands? Have you sent your child to one? Let us know your experience in the comments!
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in January 2019, and was updated for your reading pleasure in June 2021.
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