When parents transfer or move back to the Netherlands, their children usually accompany them. A concern they might have is whether it will be possible for their children to continue their education both in their native language and without disrupting the learning process. For these children within international mobile families, our schools offer a variety of fitting international programmes in English within the Dutch educational programme.

Requirements for admission

DIS are as such acknowledged and funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science. Therefore eligibility requirements for admission to the schools are based on national regulations.

A student can only be admitted to an international department if he or she complies with at least one of the following three conditions:

  • The student has a non-Dutch nationality (or: also a non-Dutch nationality) and has a parent that is working in The Netherlands (or in a Dutch border region) for a limited time.
  • The student has the Dutch nationality and has lived and gone to school abroad for at least two years because a parent was stationed abroad.
  • The student has the Dutch nationality and has a parent (with whom the student will be living) that will be stationed abroad within two years and for at least two years. This is to be proven by a written statement of the parent’s employer.

In addition, a student can be admitted to the DP-programme (last two years) of Dutch International Secondary Schools if:

  • he or she has a havo-diploma or a certificate of promotion to year 5 in a vwo-school, and;
  • he or she can prove that he/she is sufficiently fluent in English, at the discretion of the international school.


Because of the specific target group of students, the schools pay special attention to these skills:

  • Empathy, needed to interact respectfully with many different cultures.
  • Flexibility, needed to adjust quickly and often to a new environment.

Most students move to a different country regularly. Therefore, they have to be able to accept the fact they will be the new person in a new environment. Accepting help is a part of that.

International environment embedded in a Dutch community

Our schools offer new students (and their parents) an environment in which they can easily connect with other students and feel at home quickly. The schools contribute as such to a smooth transition and make sure students feel right at home when they arrive.

Besides connecting with the other students within the schools, a connection to the Dutch community is of great importance. Integration is a priority for us. Most (small) classes have 6 to 12 internationalities, which makes that students get in touch with all the influences and cultures that they would not find in national schools. Unlike the more luxurious private international schools, we offer a more realistic arrangement. Our goal – ‘Let’s connect with the community.’

DIS see it as a big advantage that people who live in many different countries, get in touch with many different cultures. From every culture children take with them what suits them, and the result of that is bigger than the sum of parts. For students of DIS this is of great value; their chances of working successfully in the global community when they graduate are relatively high.