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International Education

I am planning to stay here for a long time. Should I send my children to a Dutch or an international school?

If I send my children to an international school, what kind of diploma will they have when they have finished secondary school?

Some programme/diploma/exam options are international in nature. Others are more closely aligned to a particular country. In certain instances, students may opt for two diplomas (the school’s diploma and an external diploma). Many options may qualify students to pursue tertiary education in the Netherlands or abroad (The IB diplomas – IBDP and IBCP – are globally recognised as providing the student with a well-balanced pre-university education). At the age of 16, students can be admitted onto the following options:

  • IBDP – International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (full diploma programme or individual courses/certificates)
  • IBCP – International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme
  • EB – European Baccalaureate
  • English A-Levels
  • APID – Advanced Placement International Diploma (originated in the United States; full diploma programme or individual courses)
  • A school’s/country’s own programme/diploma/exam options/graduation requirements
  • A school’s own programme/diploma/exam options/graduation requirements plus full or partial IBDP or APID