International Education in Rotterdam - The Hague
Small but mighty, the Netherlands has long been a country that people from all corners of the globe call home.
Two of its cities in particular - Rotterdam and The Hague - have impressive international communities despite their small sizes. The former is the biggest seaport in Europe, and the latter is the home to most of the Netherland’s foreign embassies as well as the United Nations International Court of Justice.
In Rotterdam, there are a number of international schools within a short distance of Rotterdam Centraal station. A short trip away in The Hague, there is a cluster of schools in the Scheveningen area and along the Meijendel nature reserve.
There are two types of international schools in Rotterdam and The Hague; Dutch international schools and private international schools. The former are government subsidised and often attached to public schools. They are designed to be a go-between for students transitioning into the Dutch school system from abroad or vice versa.
Private international schools are exactly the same as what you’ll find in other countries. They have high fees, excellent facilities, a more diverse student body and they teach an international curriculum, sometimes affiliated with a particular country. Almost all international schools in Rotterdam - The Hague teach through English.
However, not all children are permitted to attend international schools 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 Rotterdam and The Hague’s international schools is often lower than in other cities and countries.
Another aspect of international school life that’s different in Rotterdam and The Hague is the school bus. Private transport to and from the school campus is not at all common in the Netherlands’ schools, whether private or not. This is because public transport throughout the country is, by anyone’s standards, excellent.
In the unlikely event that there is no easy way to get to school via bus or tram, don’t worry. The tradition of riding bicycles anywhere and everywhere is alive and well in Rotterdam and The Hague!
Below, we have compiled our top 5 international schools in Rotterdam - The Hague. However, there are another 13 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 Rotterdam - The Hague based on your requirements.