Education for Expats 


Expat Survival Guide offers practical information on getting started in the Netherlands and directs you to the people, companies and institutions that can help you along the way. With this guide, you’ll be able to tackle any challenge that comes your way as an expat in the Netherlands!


At “I am not a Tourist”, we’re passionate about helping expats thrive. Whether you’re brand new to the Netherlands or you’ve been here for a while, we’re here to help you make the most of your expat experience.

As you know Expat Survival Guide assists you in your first essential steps; including “Education for Expats”. It’s always nice to know that..:


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 subchapters & 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


You can find more about Education for Expats in The Netherlands in Expat Survival Guide 2024!