Dutch International Schools across the country offer high quality international education in a Dutch setting. Whilst the language of instruction is English, our students’ home languages play an important role in everyday life at school too.  All students at DIS also learn the host country language Dutch. We aim to provide our students with the option to seamlessly continue their educational journey anywhere in the world, whilst at the same time giving them the tools to participate in Dutch society.

Ownership of teaching and learning

In Dutch International Schools students have voice, choice and ownership of their learning. Teachers and students are partners in a learning journey that starts with the individual student. If students and teachers are autonomous, they are engaged and motivated to drive their teaching and learning. We provide our students with the skills to investigate, reflect, communicate and take care of themselves and others. For the partnership between teachers and students to work, teachers need agency and imagination. They are supported to (further) develop their skills and talents, enabling them to build a program that appropriately supports our students.

We start from this idea that the student owns the learning because they are the genesis of it and then the professionals build on that. And that requires a certain amount of teacher agency and imagination. That is something that’s baked into the core of the teachers, that they believe that this is the way that education should be run. But they also have the skills, the talents and the resources to be able to build a program that supports that student appropriately and they are properly networked and resourced. At DIS we foster lifelong learning.


The DIS are delivering one of the following recognised international curricula:



Fitting education

First and foremost, DIS aim to meet the needs of the Dutch and international business communities and their employees by providing  fitting education for children with a foreign nationality during their stay in the Netherlands. DIS deliver  recognised international curricula, enabling students to seamlessly continue their education anywhere in the world. DIS are also offering fitting education to Dutch students from families who return to the Netherlands after living abroad. To find out all about the requirements for students to enrol in DIS.


We teach in English, support and celebrate home language(s) and offer Dutch Language Acquisition as well as Language Acquisition courses in other foreign languages. Each DIS school has a language policy, which describes the language pathways supported at the school.