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Education in The Hague

While living in The Hague, you’ll be right at the pulse of Europe! Its many international institutions make it a global city of peace and justice. But there’s a lot more to The Hague. Our expat guide on living in The Hague takes a closer look at education, housing, and healthcare in the city.
Apart from the local sights, your kids can also enjoy many education options.

Publicly Funded Schools

The Netherlands offers a comprehensive education system with obligatory schooling for children aged 4 to 16. Obligatory schooling up to the age of 16 is free. After that, tuition fees are the same for all types of schools in the Netherlands. Children attend primary and secondary school before graduating and then choose between higher education and work.

After 8 years of attending primary school, students will receive a recommendation on further academic options from their teachers. Keep in mind that all schools in the Netherlands are publicly funded. For that reason, even private schools are bound by the rules of the Ministry of Education and need to meet minimum standards.

The Hague’s International Schools

As is the case with Dutch schools, many international schools are partly funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education. This means they too have to abide by the standards and rules of this ministry. International education is available for children from the age of 4 and mostly prepares children for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

There are a number of international schools and third-country schools in and around The Hague:

De Haagsche Schoolvereeniging is an international primary school with four different locations throughout The Hague.

Bilingual Education

If you want your teenage kids to attend a Dutch school but are afraid that they will not pick up the language easily, you also have the option to enroll them at a secondary school which offers bilingual education.

There, your children are instructed both in English and Dutch. Subjects like math, biology, economics, or IT are taught in English all throughout the six years of VWO (pre-university) level. The preparations for examinations as well as the exams themselves are usually taken in Dutch. However, schools may offer an alternative to students with a lower proficiency in Dutch. In some cases, for instance, your children will be able to take the exam for the International Baccalaureate English A2 Certificate, which qualifies them to study at English-speaking universities.

There are quite a few secondary schools in The Hague which offer bilingual education:

These schools also offer a variety of international activities and exchange programs. For more information on the schools’ bilingual program, please contact each school individually.


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