The International Parents and Students Support Group
International Education in the Netherlands
Under Dutch law, education is mandatory for all children of all nationalities residing in The Netherlands from five to at least eighteen years of age, until a diploma has been obtained.
For children 4-11 years of age, the Dutch International Primary Schools/DIPS all offer the IPC/ International Primary Curriculum or the IB-PYP/ IB Primary Years Programme.
For children 11-16 years of age, most of the Dutch International Secondary Schools/DISS offer the IB-MYP/IB Middle Years Programme, followed by the IBDP/IB Diploma Programme from 16-18 years of age.
RISS Rotterdam and IS Twente are the only 2 Dutch International Schools that offer, instead of the IB-MYP for 11-16 years of age, a Cambridge based education. Cambridge curriculum consists of the IMYC/ International Middle Years Curriculum, a known and highly regarded 3 years long foundation programme for children 11-14 years of age. For children 14-16 years of age, the IMYC is followed by 2 years of the Cambridge based IGCSE/International General Certificate of Secondary Education programme.
After the IGCSE diploma students 16-18 years of age can follow the 2 years long IB-DP/ IB diploma programme. Besides, at the IS Twente, students can also opt to follow the British A-levels programme instead of the IB-DP. Both programmes result in a globally recognized diploma that prepares for an university education.