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The Netherlands International Schools


The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top International Schools And Private Schools in The Netherlands

For anyone planning a move to or within the Netherlands in northwestern Europe we have collated information below about different places to live, International schools and private schools (including High schools), property and relocation agents and other information we think useful for relocating to City and the surround area.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in The Netherlands, famous cities and towns include Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague.

City has a great choice of high quality private international schools and high schools, beautiful countryside, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different property to call home, from country mansions and estates, villas and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

"Tradition and innovation intertwine in The Netherlands: artistic masterpieces, centuries-old windmills, tulip fields and romantic candlelit cafés coexist with visionary architecture, cutting-edge design and phenomenal nightlife." Lonely Planet

The Netherlands is in north west Europe, with the North Sea to the north and neighbouring countries including Belgium to the west and Germany to the east.

The Netherlands is nicknamed the ‘flower shop of the world’! The country produces 80% of the world’s flower bulbs.

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Looking for a prestigious International (private) school in The Netherlands?

If you are thinking of moving to live in The Netherlands (or you already live in The Netherlands but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best International schools and private schools in The Netherlands, there is a big choice of high quality schools, with a number of the The Netherlands highest ranking International schools considered to be some of the best in Europe.

The private education sector in and around The Netherlands features day and residential boarding schools, single sex and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and high schools.

Find Private International Schools In The Netherlands (Or "International Schools And Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>   You can search for International schools and private schools with a reputation for excellence in The Netherlands and in the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague by using our International Schools Directory and International Schools Finder (powered by School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the International schools, private schools and colleges and High schools listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

>   With our expanded school search technology you can filter your search by the type of school you are looking for such as International school and private school, day and boarding, gender, age range, academic study, religious affiliation, school fees, scholarships and bursaries, open days etc.

>   You can also focus your search on just private junior schools or senior high schools or on all-through International schools, or view search results for all of them together.

Please explore for detailed information and guides about good schools of all types and for open days, school and college and news, articles and blogs with details of school associations, glossaries and explanations about examinations and qualifications and expert advice about independent education at International schools and private schools around The Netherlands and worldwide.



Top International Schools And Private Schools & Colleges In The Netherlands

Some of the best International schools and private schools and colleges in The Netherlands, providing a top-tier, world-class day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:




Where To Live In The Netherlands

The most popular suburbs in The Netherlands and the surrounding area include, with approximate population numbers:

>  Zeeland

Middelburg (49,000), Vlissingen (44,000), Veere (22,000), Zierikzee (11,000)

>  Zuid-Holland

Rotterdam (650,000), The Hague (550,000), Leiden (120,000), Dordrecht (120,000)

>  Noord-Brabant

Eindhoven (230,000), Breda (180,000), ‘s-Hertogenbosch (160,000), Oss (91,000)

>  Limburg

Maastricht (120,000), Brunssum (28,000), Roermond (59,000), Heerlen (87,000)

>  Gelderland

Arnhem (160,000), Nijmegen (180,000), Wageningen (39,000), Zutphen (48,000)

>  Utrecht

Zeist (63,900), Woeden (52,100) De Bilt (42,800)

>  Gelderland

Arnhem (160,000), Nijmegen (180,000), Wageningen (39,000), Zutphen (48,000)

>  Overijssel

Enschede (160,000), Zwolle (130,000), Deventer (100,000), Kampen (54,000)

>  Noord-Holland

Amsterdam (920,000), Alkmaar (110,000), Haarlem (160,000), Den Helder (56,000)

>  Flevoland

Lelystad (78,000), Luttelgeest (2,300), Kraggenburg (1,400), Bant (1,500)

>  Friesland

Leeuwarden (120,000), Harlingen (16,000), Franeker (13,000), Workum (4,400)

>  Drenthe

Coevorden (35,000), Assen (69,000), Meppel (35,000), Hoogeveen (56,000)

>  Groningen

Groningen (200,300), Winsum (7,400), Westerbroek (300), Pieterburen (300)




The Netherlands is a very popular place to live and many people move to The Netherlands each year from around Europe and the rest of the world.

Many of those moving to The Netherlands are seeking a more urban lifestyle, deciding to relocate to the City for work and to enjoy the great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic bars, restaurants, sports and popular cultural events involving art and music available to families living in The Netherlands.

Ten Things To Know About The Netherlands

> FACT 1: The Netherlands is one-third under sea level! In fact, ‘The Netherlands’ translates to ‘the lowlands’ which is pretty fitting as approximately 60% of the population lives five metres below sea level.

> FACT 2: Take a visit to the Keukenhof Park, known by tourists as the ‘Garden of Europe’ to take a look at over 800 varieties of tulips!

> FACT 3: A liquorice fan? You’ll fit right in then, as the Dutch consume the most liquorice in the world - eating around two kilos per person per year!

> FACT 4: Fancy a pint? Fear not, as The Netherlands has the biggest pub in Europe so i’m sure there will be a drink for all the family. The Drie Gezusters (The Three Sisters) is located in Groningen and is a national heritage site.

> FACT 5: Amsterdam, one of the most famous cities in The Netherlands, has 1,281 bridges! Which may seem a bit excessive, however there are also 165 canals flowing throughout the city so we think it’s just about justifiable

> FACT 6: The Dutch are very keen on cycling, of take a trip to any of the cities mentioned in our guides about The Netherlands, you will be sure to pick up on the biking culture. It is not surprising then that there are over 22 million bicycles in the country!

> FACT 7: If beer isn't really your style, have a Dutch Gin and Tonic - as they were the original inventors of the popular spirit. Dating back to the 16th century, the famous phrase ‘Dutch Courage’ comes from when the Dutch introduced gin to the Brits during the Thirty Years War!

> FACT 8: The Netherlands has the highest and most varied museum density in the world! Top favourites include the Van Gough Museum, Riksmuseum, Kunsthal Rotterdam and the Singer Laren.

> FACT 9: Windmills are a common theme in The Netherlands, and the country has over 1,000 dotted around the countryside. If you’re a big fan and want a day out, head to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site where you can see a cluster of 19 windmills all turning together.

> FACT 10: The Dutch national anthem dates back to 1569, making it the oldest in the world!

Where To Live In The Netherlands

The Netherlands offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a townhouse, large apartment, cottage, mansion or country estate, with or without granny annex, garden or swimming pool. There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

From central city living to rural, country or coast lifestyles, The Netherlands is full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming estates, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods, friendly residential communities and countryside.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Amsterdam The Netherlands, The Hague The Netherlands, Utrecht The Netherlands, Rotterdam The Netherlands, Eindhoven The Netherlands, Haarlem The Netherlands, Groningen The Netherlands, Tilburg The Netherlands, Delft The Netherlands, Amersfoort The Netherlands, Zwolle The Netherlands, Almere The Netherlands, Haarlemmermeer The Netherlands, Arnhem The Netherlands

Commuting around The Netherlands by Rail or Road

Relocating to The Netherlands is especially popular with those happy to work from home most of the time but needing to occasionally commute to other places for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

>  Amsterdam To The Hague: Amsterdam is about 64 km by road from The Hague via the A4 and driving to the centre of The Hague from Amsterdam normally takes under 1 hour 15 minutes. There is a very regular train service to The Hague from Amsterdam, with trains taking from 50 minutes.

>  Amsterdam To Rotterdam: Amsterdam is about 78 km by road from Rotterdam via the A4 and driving to the centre of Rotterdam from Amsterdam normally takes under 1 hour 20 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Rotterdam from Amsterdam, with trains taking around 40 minutes.

>  Rotterdam To The Hague: The Hague is about 23 km by road from Rotterdam via the A13 and driving to the centre of The Hague from Rotterdam normally takes under 45 minutes. There is a very regular train service to The Hague from Rotterdam, with trains taking from 30 minutes.



Main Airports in The Netherlands

Popular and well connected airports in The Netherlands include Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS), Eindhoven Airport (EHEH, EIN), Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM), Maastricht Aachen Airport (MST), Groningen Airport Eedle (GRQ)



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