International education in the Amsterdam area

14 Jul 2016 | ACCESS, for the international community

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The Amsterdam region recently launched Deltaplan International Education, an initiative to investigate the issue of waiting lists for international school placements in the Amsterdam area. Its long-term goal is to ensure there are sufficient places at international schools for the growing number of international families choosing to live and work in the region – by expanding the capacity of existing schools and by opening new international schools. One immediate solution, however, is to publish the current availability of places at all international schools in the region, once a month. An overview of the availability on 30 June is available on

Classes for newcomers

Additional efforts making it easier for internationals to settle into the Dutch education system include a push to keep international families informed about education in the Amsterdam region by publishing all relevant information in English. Newcomers' classes are also being promoted for 6 to 12 year olds. The classes will enable children to learn Dutch and then move on to Dutch or bilingual education after a year.  For children over 12 years old, there are “bridge” classes.

More information on classes for newcomers is available on


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