Education, February 2017

The first ICAP survey was carried out at the end of 2016. The aim was to find out what the international community thought about education in the Netherlands – international or otherwise – as well as how the community meets the educational needs of their families and what challenges families face.

The education survey revealed that most new arrivals don’t get any help with paying for their children’s education and that at least half of you want to send your children to a Dutch school.

Key findings

  • 55% of respondents had children at a Dutch school, 23% at a private international school
  • 56% said closeness to home was most important factor in school choice, 53% said international environment, 36% said cost
  • 49% would consider a Dutch school if more emphasis on English
  • Just 12% said their Dutch school was unhelpful in dealing with children who did not speak Dutch
  • 63% had no help from their employer in paying school fees – this figure was higher in Amsterdam