Significant numbers of expat children expected in Dutch primary schools

Primary schools across the Netherlands (especially concentrated in Amsterdam, The Hague and Eindhoven) are expecting large numbers of expat children to arrive in the Netherlands.

The cause of concern is related to the preparation involved in accommodating these children, mainly because of the language barrier. Many children may speak no Dutch, or very little Dutch, so of course, this takes time. Regular Dutch schools are also very popular, instead of an international school.

international schools in the netherlands

According to, in Eindhoven, they are expecting an increase of around 4,000 pupils within the next 20 years. That’s a lot considering the non-Dutch language side of things. Thankfully, children tend to pick up languages fast though!

Thinking of coming to the Netherlands?

If you have children and are thinking of coming to the Netherlands, we have recently written an article about international schools in the Netherlands. We also have a guide to regular schools too. 😉

Any thoughts? Let us know in the comments!

Emma Brown
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.


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