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Education

Even though nearly all Dutch speak good English, learning some Dutch is recommended. It will help you in everyday life and Dutch people will appreciate that you have made the effort. In this section you will find information on language programs but also on available education for international children.

If you want official recognition of your Dutch language skills (in order to work for instance) you will need to follow a course that offers exams within the NT2 structure. This is administered by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Check the website (only available in Dutch) for more information on NT2.

Childrens education

Children are permitted to attend school in the Netherlands from the age of four. School is compulsory for children from the age of five to sixteen.

The choice of school or type of school is entirely yours to make. You are free to discuss your wishes with the management of the school you have in mind. Children from the age of four (in some cases three) are first admitted to an eight-year primary school. After completion of primary school, children make a choice for their secondary education. In cases where a school offers both Primary and Secondary Education, the transition from one educational level to the next is uninterrupted. An important decision all parents of school-age children have to make when they move internationally is whether to place their children in local, bilingual or international education. All options are available in the region Twente.

International (oriented) education in the east of the Netherlands

Preschool

The Little Prince

The Little Prince is the first international preschool in Enschede. A bilingual curriculum has been developped for toddlers to offer them a safe and inspiring environment. The children will be prepared for international education in the Netherlands or elsewhere in the world.

Address:
Prinsestraat 10-10A
7513 AL Enschede
Tel. +31 (0)53 431 9652

Primary education

International School Twente (IST) “Prinseschool”
From the age of four, children can attend the primary school. International School Twente, with their primary school The Little Prince, uses the curriculum of IPC (International Primary Curriculum)offering an exciting thematic approach that integrates essential parts of the curriculum into a meaningful context for teaching. In July 2016, the school received its IPC accreditation, making it the third fully-accredited IPC school in The Netherlands. With international and Dutch teachers and children from all over the world, the Little Prince offers an international environment.

Address:
Johannes ter Horststraat 30
7513 ZH Enschede
Tel. +31 (0)53 206 8035
https://www.istwente.org/

International School Eerde
ISE is the only boarding school in the Netherlands and housed on the grounds of an old mansion. The school also offers regular daily education for primary and secondary years. The IPC (International Primary Curriculum) program is followed for the primary school and IGSCE and IB for secondary school.

Address:
Kasteellaan 1
7531 PJ Ommen
Tel. +31 (0)529 451 452
Email: info@eerde.nl

Rivers International School Arnhem
At Rivers International School Arnhem your child will feel right at home. In a caring and safe environment your child’s academic and social development will be at the center of our attention. Rivers consists of a Preschool, a Primary and a Secondary. Education is of high quality, interdisciplinary, concept based and in depth with groups of around 20 pupils making it easy to connect to prior and future international education. Our pupils and students will develop as an individual through a range of extra curricula requirements in the fields of creativity, action and service becoming a member of an expat culture as well as the Dutch culture. The Diploma Programme offers a holistic view of you as an individual learner providing a rigorous academic programme that you can shape to your personal strengths and interests.  Rivers will move in March 2017 to a new building that can easily be reached, next to the train station Arnhem-Zuid.

The primary school is housed in the Aletta Jacobs school. Children of all nationalities can attend the school. Lessons are taught in English but attention will be paid to Dutch language and culture as well. For more information, visit: www.riversarnhem.org

Address:
Slochterenweg 27
6835 CD Arnhem
Tel. +31 (0)26 3230729
Email info@ais-primary.nl
Please note that Rivers will relocate to a new location where the primary and secondary school be housed in one building. The move is planned at the end of February 2017.

Secondary education

International School Twente (IST):
The ISST, housed in the Stedelijk Lyceum Zuid, offers international education for students from all over the world. Also Dutch children with an international background are welcome. The curriculum is based on the Cambridge International Programs. To meet the requirements of the international community, the school is in the process of replacing the Cambridge A levels with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) for years 12 and 13.

Address:
Het Stedelijk Lyceum Zuid
Tiemeister 20
7541 WG Enschede
Contact:  Els Weir +31 (0)53 482 1151
Email: ISST@hetstedelijk.nl
https://www.istwente.org/

International School Eerde
ISE is the only boarding school in the Netherlands and housed on the grounds of an old mansion. The school also offers regular daily education for primary and secondary years. The IPC (International Primary Curriculum) program is followed for the primary school and IGSCE and IB for secondary school.

Address:
Kasteellaan 1
7531 PJ Ommen
Tel. +31 (0)529 451 452
Email: info@eerde.nl

Rivers International School Arnhem
Based in Arnhem, Rivers offers both primary and secondary education. The secondary school is based in the Lorentz Lyceum and offers an IB curriculum. The international staff and a variety of nationalities of the students gives a pleasant international environment.

Address:
Groningensingel 1245
6835 HZ Arnhem
Tel. +31 (0)26 3202840
Email: info@arnheminternationalschool.nl
Please note that Rivers will relocate to a new location where the primary and secondary school will be housed in one building. The move is planned at the end of February 2017.

Dutch-English Bilingual Education

Montessori College Twente
This school in Hengelo offers Dutch-English bilingual secondary education (TweeTalig Onderwijs or TTO). The “havo-vwo” stream uses the immersion method where English is spoken as early as possible and next to extra English language classes, many subjects are taught in the English language. Students can obtain their Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English in year 3 and the International Baccalaureate in year six.Address:
Sloetsweg 153
7556 HM Hengelo
Tel: +31 (0)74 291 4629
Email: info-mon@osghengelo.nl

Stedelijk Lyceum Zuid
The Stedelijk Lyceum houses the International School Twente as well as a bi-lingual program (TTO). You can choose the program that suits your children’s needs best. With the bilingual program the children are both taught in Dutch and in English and there will be more interaction with local students.

Address:
Tiemeister 20
7541 WG Enschede
Tel: +31 (0) 53-482 1100
Email:zuid@hetstedelijklyceum.nl

Civic Integration (Inburgering)

To help newcomers in the Netherlands integrating in the (Dutch) community, the government financially supports them with a so-called Personal Habituation Budget (Persoonlijk Inburgeringsbudget).
When a foreigner registers at the municipality, the civil servant checks if he or she is obliged to naturalize. For those who are, two different tracks can be followed. The most extensive one includes an official State examination and an integration examination. If you meet certain criteria it is possible to follow a shorter course, which has the possibility of not taking the integration exam, but where the State examination is still obligatory.
Aside from those obligatory tracks, municipalities have the financial means to support newcomers who voluntarily want to get familiar with the Dutch language and their customs. After all, the Dutch government values the integration of those who reside in the Netherlands. Contact your municipality for more information.

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