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TOP-5 primary and secondary schools in the Netherlands where international students can get high-quality primary and secondary education

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Today, the Netherlands attract a wide range of foreign students from all over the world with high-quality educational services and interesting culture. Many international students choose studying in the Netherlands as it's a great opportunity to combine effective courses with exciting rest. SMAPSE offers TOP-5 prestigious primary and secondary schools where international students can get high-quality and balanced primary and secondary education.

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TOP-5 primary and secondary schools in the Netherlands where international students can get high-quality primary and secondary education

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Secondary education in the Netherlands: principles of education

The student goes to high school at the age of 12-13: at this age he already has to “look ahead” and determine his future profession. Why so soon? The fact is that secondary education in the Netherlands is divided into three currents with different levels of training - they dictate the student’s next steps in professional activity. Therefore, after elementary school, the child, together with parents, chooses one of the areas:

  • VMBO - Vocational Training
  • HAVO - general secondary education
  • VWO - preparatory university (scientific) education.

VMBO includes programs in 5 core areas:

  • TL and KL provide the theoretical basis - the basis for the transition to the next level, training in the HAVO program.
  • GL, BL, P - akin to domestic vocational schools: preparing workers with qualifications (technology, engineering, agriculture, social services, economics)

The learning process at these levels lasts up to 16 years - after which the graduate can start working in the chosen specialty or study further. To switch to HAVO programs, you must pass the test.

Education at HAVO lasts 5 years, and a graduation certificate is the “key” to higher professional education. After the first, common to all types of schools, 3-year program, the student must choose a profile:

  • art and humanities
  • economics, science, history
  • natural sciences (preparation for medical education)
  • Technical science.

VWO - preparation for university entry for 6 years. You can choose two types of training: with compulsory study of Greek and Latin languages (in addition to the required two) or one of them of your choice.

Study conditions in Holland for foreigners and Russians

It would seem that the prestige of studying in the Netherlands means that it is difficult for foreigners to enroll in secondary schools in the Netherlands. Fortunately, this is not so - every child with any level of knowledge can count on enrollment: before entering, the future student is interviewed by teachers to choose the right program for him.

The only mandatory requirement is knowledge of the English or Dutch language, in which classes are held in classes. Some schools may require certificates of international TOEFL and IELTS tests or take language courses in the Netherlands before enrolling. For foreign students for whom the Dutch language is not native, extra time is given when passing the exams and you are allowed to use the dictionary.

Which Netherlands school is better? List, prices

The Ministry of Education finances some Dutch schools - tuition is free. For foreign students, the chance to get to a free school is very small: only especially gifted children are accepted on the budget, and the number of such places is limited.

The second type of schools are private schools in the Netherlands , where education is paid. Any foreign applicant can enter there. Basically, such institutions do not involve living on their territory, so care must be taken about housing for the child. For example, you can live in a Dutch family - such programs have been successfully implemented for more than one year.

In addition, international schools and colleges work for children of foreigners : their curriculum is aimed at preparing for admission to universities in the Netherlands and Europe.

Below is a list of ranking private schools in the Netherlands:

Name, location


Learning Benefits


Erde International School (ISE) 140 km from Amsterdam

€ 36,000

Full board, residence in the residence. Coeducation, family setting. Extracurricular leisure courses-events - music, culture, sports.

Mastering status holder (among the most prestigious schools in Europe). Programs of the University of Cambridge and International Baccalaureate. At the core - the disclosure of the potential of students.

Amsterdam International Community School (AICS), Amsterdam

from € 6635

Possibility of passing exams in English.

Communicating in different languages, foreigners from 40 countries are studying.

Lessons in English according to IBOF (International Baccalaureate Organization) standards. The main principle: "To become an independent adult, you need to enjoy childhood."

Rotterdam International Secondary School (RISS), Rotterdam

from € 6500

International School for Foreigners

Themed events for the practice of communication in English are held - LanguageDay, Language Village. The study of technical sciences on the basis of our own laboratories.

Education in English according to IBOF (International Baccalaureate Organization) standards with the gradual inclusion of lessons in Dutch.

Apeldoorn Academy of Sports (Full Force Sports Academy), 80 km from Amsterdam

From € 9995

Full board - accommodation in a residence. An opportunity to make a sports career without prejudice to academic education. Training of football players, tennis players, riders, etc.

Including accept for training on visas for a short period - up to 3 months.

Lessons in Dutch. Cambridge Programs - IGCSI, AICE. The school was organized in partnership with 5 sports federations.

The British School of Amsterdam

From € 14730

Much attention is paid to art, sports. Hobbies are welcomed and supported. In the last two years of study - grades 12.13 - students study only specialized subjects (3-5).

Exam Preparation GCSE, IGCSE. Programs by international standards.

The basic principle of all educational programs in the Netherlands is the freedom of thinking of the student. If the child cannot decide on the choice of his professional field, qualified teachers will help him open up.

Courses in many subjects are taught in blocks - with a deep immersion in the topic, its detailed study. Really trained professionals who make a successful career in economics, business and the humanities come from prestigious Dutch schools. Studying in the Netherlands is a contribution to the future!

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