Education for Expats in The Netherlands


The Netherlands is committed to choice in education


  • The OECD international rankings for school systems puts the Netherlands as one of the highest in performance.
  • The Dutch rank highly in many fields of education. Over 48% of Dutch 25-34 year oldshold a degree in higher education, which is significantly higher than the OECD average of 44%.
  • The Netherlands is among the world’s top countries for equity in education opportunities.
  • Children of all nationalities are leerplichtig (under a learning obligation) at 5 years old for 12 years of full-time education, and one or two years part-time (until achieving a diploma).
  • Less than 1% of the 1.4 million primary school children attends a private (fee-paying) Dutch school.


You can find the following information about “Education for Expats” in Expat Survival Guide 2024:


  • Choosing a school
  • Local or International?
  • Applying for a school
  • Costs
  • Education Policy
  • School Holidays
  • Types of School
  • Special Needs Schools
  • Dutch Primary Education
  • Dutch Secondary Education
  • Bilingual Education
  • Higher Education
  • Qualification accreditation
  • Education links
  • Helpdesk for International Education
  • Learning Dutch

Education service providers

We are an accredited school providing an outstanding British education to the international community of Amsterdam. Academic achievement is at the heart of the school. Your child will find an atmosphere of purposeful curiosity. We provide a proven preparation for entry to the finest universities in the UK, Europe and the USA.

British School of Amsterdam

Whether you’re an expat and want to master Dutch or you’re interested to acquire another language, at Regina Coeli you learn to communicate more effectively in a foreign language. At every Regina Coeli training programme’s core: Personal attention, Face-to-face lessons with native speakers, Full focus on learning the language, Intensity: learn a foreign language in a short time

Language Institute Regina Coeli

ISA was the first school in the world to offer a complete International Baccalaureate curriculum from Pre-School to Grade 12. Today, ISA has close to 1,300 enrolled students, representing over 60 different nationalities, who are dedicated to the mission ‘To Educate for International Understanding’. ISA has been a pioneer in international education for decades.

International School of Amsterdam

Since 1986, the HSV International Primary School has provided primary-aged children with exceptional educational experiences. Generations of HSV pupils have enjoyed and thrived on the wonderfully diverse opportunities on offer at our school, opportunities that we always have and always will offer within the commitment to developing the whole child to become internationally-minded leaders.

HSV International School

Over the past 50 years, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) has firmly established its reputation as one of Europe’s most international and innovative business schools. We aim to improve the practice of business and management through our research, our education, and our engagement with alumni and corporate and societal partners.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

The Board of Tests and Examinations (CvTE) is responsible for the organisation and development of the State Exam Dutch as a second language (Nt2). This is the national language proficiency exam for non-native speakers looking to study or work in the Netherlands. The diploma is officially recognized by the Dutch government. Find more information on our website and subscribe to our newsletter!

College voor Toetsen en Examens

Ready to go from overwhelmed to confident in daily Dutch situations? At Vivo Dutch, you’ll learn Dutch in a streamlined, flexible, and structured way – in just 8 weeks. How? Completely online, mostly self-paced, and including personal feedback on pronunciation, and speaking/writing skills. Your teacher Vivian is a certified teacher, native speaker, and former integration exam assessor. Are you in?

Vivo Dutch

Coming to Vlerick is a transformative experience. Before Vlerick, you have dreams. After Vlerick, you have the ability and connections to achieve them. This is where you immerse yourself in an international, inclusive space. Are you ready to leap? To ignite your entrepreneurial fire? To become the leader we need for a better world? Vlerick will empower you.

Vlerick Business School

Our students learn within a real-world, inquiry-based curriculum which fosters their individuality, creativity and unique interests. We encourage our students to be innovative and reflective thinkers who demonstrate resilience and determination.

Amity International School Amsterdam

Our expertise is rooted in academics and tested in practice. We are here for highly-educated people both inside and outside of the university. We combine academic knowledge, insight, and practical skills in language and communication so you can push your personal and professional boundaries. In’to! Your partner for all requests related to language and communication.

Radboud in’to Languages

Discover TaalBoost – the ultimate Dutch language school for internationals in Amsterdam! Experience the joy of learning Dutch with our expert instructors who make every class engaging and interactive. Whether you prefer in-class sessions or online learning, we’ve got you covered. Join TaalBoost and embark on an unforgettable Dutch language learning journey! Enrol today and level up your Dutch!


ISU is a warm and welcoming community brought together by a single purpose: to inspire our students with a passion for lifelong learning, to equip them with the tools to achieve excellence for themselves and the global community they will live in. Uncovering and defining talent is at the heart of our educational mission.

International School Utrecht

Flowently provides language courses for growing companies and busy people. Happy employees will stay with your company. We therefore welcome internationals with exclusive language training and integration programmes; Basic Dutch, Business English, Local Culture Sessions and Intercultural Awareness, for individuals and groups. With proper relocation, expats deliver higher performance faster.


Our school’s home in Wassenaar, a quiet village on the outskirts of Leiden and The Hague, provides an ideal background for learning and raising a family.At ASH, we pride ourselves on offering a varied, comprehensive educational program that challenges students to excel in their learning and grow as creative, committed people of character.

American School of The Hague

Learn Dutch with a personal touch! Specializing in beginners up to A2, Anouk offers something different than you get at the big schools. Small class sizes, personal support, engaging lessons, and a teacher dedicated to your success – that’s Active Dutch. Her group courses (in-person/online), private lessons, and in-company classes are designed to get you speaking Dutch quickly and confidently.

Active Dutch

Winford Bilingual Primary School is a global school focused on the highest quality bilingual primary education. Our goal is to prepare your child for life beyond the primary classroom. During their time at our school, they follow the Dutch, UK, and IPC curriculum. This approach provides children with a very solid emotional, intellectual, and cultural basis for secondary schooling.

Winford Bilingual Primary School

Webster University, a worldwide institution, ensures high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. Our vision is to be a premier U.S-based international university setting a distinct standard for global education. Now, the University engages thousands of individuals living and working worldwide.

Webster Leiden Campus

We are a public international school in the Netherlands offering a happy, safe and encouraging learning environment where everyone feels welcome. Surrounded by nature, our location in Hoofddorp is 15 minutes from Schiphol Airport and Haarlem, and only 20 minutes from Amsterdam. At this location we offer primary international education. Secondary education can be found within 1 kilometer.

Optimist International School

The International School Haarlem opened its doors in September 2017 with a primary department and started in 2018 with a secondary department. The school offers an international curriculum to specific groups of students. We are proud of our school with its open and engaged culture, with our students at the heart of it.

International School Haarlem

Dutch First offers interactive Dutch lessons for adult learners. Our experienced teachers will coach you in interactive lessons, both online and in our classrooms. We combine tested didactic methods with the latest in teaching technology.

Dutch First

Our quality Dutch lessons in Amsterdam are suited for total beginners as well as people with some familiarity with the language. You can learn quickly with the group exercises and other students. The courses are divided into segments based on the level of the speaker, in accordance with the European Framework of Classification for Languages. We make sure you get the best teachers.

Dutch Courses Amsterdam Katakura

We are proud to say that we’ve helped more than 10.000 students with their Dutch learning goals, and our team has grown to 15 enthusiastic professionals, eager to guide you towards mastering the Dutch language. With clearly-structured grammar and conversation lessons, our courses are taught by specialized teachers using our own relevant and authentic study materials.

Dutch Courses Amsterdam

Learning a language from an experienced teacher is important, but Direct Dutch is much more than just another language school. Our method ‘Home in on Holland’ points to the fact that our teachers act as linguistic pilots guiding newcomers through the Dutch cultural setting. From the very beginning cultural information was integrated into the course.

Direct Dutch Institute

New2NL is a specialized education consultancy for international families living in or moving to the Netherlands. Through our research background in Intercultural Conflicts at Work, a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology, jobs at multinationals and working in Italy, we have a thorough understanding of the (educational) challenges faced by international families in the Netherlands.


Taalhuis Amsterdam is a house for languages, located in the heart of Amsterdam, where you can learn and improve your Dutch and Mediterranean languages. We offer group courses, private training and tailored in-company workshops, but also various text and interpreting services.

Taalhuis Amsterdam