Compulsory education

Education is compulsory for all children residing in the Netherlands, regardless of their nationality. If a child is registered at an educational institute abroad, they still have to attend school in the Netherlands. Compulsory education starts on the first day of the month after the child’s fifth birthday. Most children start going to school at the age of four and it is even possible to attend school at three years and ten months of age. This is especially helpful for foreign children who are starting to learn the Dutch language.

Rivers International School

The Wageningen - Arnhem - Nijmegen region has one International school: Rivers International School, located in a brand-new building in Arnhem. The school provides preschool, primary and secondary education. Around 45 nationalities are represented in a school population of 200 to 250 pupils. The pupils are mainly from expat families who live and work in the region.

The Dutch education landscape

The Dutch educational landscape can be complicated. This video allows you to see at a single glance how the different forms of education are linked up with each other.

More information on the Dutch education system

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Expat Center Food Valley

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Rivers International School

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Dutch International Schools