Best 10 International Schools in Amsterdam

International Education in Amsterdam

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As a European business hub with a vibrant expat community, it’s no wonder that Amsterdam attracts so many people as a home away from home. Social amenities and infrastructure are excellent throughout the Netherlands, as are employment opportunities for a wide variety of industries.

There are an estimated 100,000 expats living in Amsterdam alone, so all of your needs - including international schools - are more than covered. Here’s a quick guide to finding the ideal international school for your child in the Netherland’s most famous city.

First of all, you should know that children must meet certain requirements to be eligible to attend an international school anywhere in the Netherlands.

Dutch children must have studied abroad in the past, or be planning on studying abroad for a significant amount of time within the next few years. Non-Dutch children can attend only if they are planning on staying in the Netherlands for a limited time.

For this reason, the ratio of native to non-native students in Amsterdam’s international schools is often lower than in other cities and countries.

International school fees in Amsterdam do not include extra curricular activities, school trips, or anything that isn’t directly related to your child’s day to day education.

If costs are an issue, the city does have some public international schools which are government subsidised. While they do offer an international curriculum, they may not be internationally recognised to the same extent that private international schools are.

Certain private schools, usually ones following a religious ethos, are also subsidised by the Dutch government. While their fees are cheaper, they’re still not exactly budget friendly and they’re also in short supply.

Either way, any private or international school in Amsterdam will have a waiting list that can stretch to two or even four years. The more sought-after the school, the higher the waiting list will be. So once you’ve found the right school for your child, don’t waste any time in applying!

Within Amsterdam, you’ll find a selection of international schools in Haarlem to the west of the city centre, and Hoofddorp and Amstelveen to the south-west and south. The rest are scattered just outside of the ‘old’ town, in easy reach of both the city centre and the leafy suburbs.

Outside of the city itself, there are a few locations within easy reach of Amsterdam that also have a choice of international schools. Hilversum and Almere are just two examples with a commute time of less than an hour. Since the Netherlands is a small country with excellent public transport, you could easily commute from other cities such as Utrecht, The Hague or Rotterdam also.

International curriculum rules the day in Amsterdam’s international schools and English is the most common language of instruction. However you can find a wider choice of curricula if you’d like - everything from French to Japanese is represented in this diverse city and its array of international schools.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Amsterdam. However, there are another 8 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Amsterdam based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Amsterdam

Out of a total of 18 International Schools in Amsterdam.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

International School Haarlem

Passionate about learning!
The International School Haarlem is a member of the Dutch International Schools. These schools receive government funding and therefore operate within the framework of the Dutch educational system.
 
At Dutch International Schools we want to prepare all children for success in education and life beyond in the world. Therefore, these schools offer education of a high quality, that complies with international standards as well as the demands of the Dutch school inspection.
Curriculum
British, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 14
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: €4,680
to: €5,850
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Curriculum
International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 11
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €4,775
to: €4,775
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Amsterdam International Community School

We are a school for students who are able and prepared to value and handle differences and diversity. We offer international schooling in English. We are subsidised by the Dutch government which means we can offer affordable international education.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: €4,825
to: €6,725
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International School Utrecht

We are a close-knit and welcoming community of students, staff and parents. We all approach life from a different culture and background and with the languages we know. We find each other in our common goal: to create a stimulating learning environment in which everyone feels at home. We strive to be culturally competent; we are grounded in our own cultures, yet curious about others.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €4,469
to: €6,367
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Curriculum
International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 14
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €15,750
to: €17,350
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Optimist International School

Optimist International School is a public school situated in a beautiful open building in Hoofddorp, Floriande, metropolitan region Amsterdam, where it brings out the inner magic of its children. Optimist houses both a Dutch and international department.
Curriculum
British, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 11
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €4,775
to: €4,775
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Florencius International School

Florencius International (Primary) School opened its doors on the premises of the Dutch Florencius School in Amstelveen. Children aged between 5-12 with an international background are welcome to follow an international education.
Florencius works in small groups (1 professional with 8 children at most) and pays attention to each pupil individually by focusing on their personal identity and talents. Florencius offers the International Primary Curriculum to help pupils develop into self-confident global citizens.
Curriculum
International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 12
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €18,800
to: €23,150
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Curriculum
International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 11
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €4,040
to: €4,040
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The International School of Amsterdam

The International School of Amsterdam is a globally-recognised leader in education for international understanding. Founded in 1964, ISA was the first authorised IB World School, offering International Baccalaureate programmes from pre-school through grade 12.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €20,670
to: €28,450
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The British School of Amsterdam

The British School of Amsterdam is an independent co-educational non profit day school providing world class learning for children from 3 to 18 years. The school offers a stimulating and caring environment enabling your child to realise their full potential academically and develop the skills and confidence for a fulfilling and responsible life in a changing society.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €15,390
to: €16,980
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