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riabia Wed 03-Aug-16 13:34:54

Anyone know which area is best for a young family in Amsterdam? Also which area would be closest to the better dutch schools in the city?

Dutchy88 Fri 05-Aug-16 07:48:21


I posted this on your other thread too but just incase you didn't see it there's a really good Facebook group called 'Dutch Education Group' that toy might find helpful.

lifeisunjust Fri 05-Aug-16 11:47:03

The entire city there are no best schools.

BitOutOfPractice Fri 05-Aug-16 11:48:04

Also, do you have to live in Amsterdam?

Laptopwieldingharpy Sat 06-Aug-16 05:05:47

Lots of great places in and out of the city. Depends what you want, what kind of crowd and what kind of commute to work you are prepated to do.

ici711 Wed 24-Aug-16 12:55:50

Hi, we are planning to move to Amsterdam for school purposes. I have a Boy age 12 and a girl age 10. They are currently studying in British International School in Malaysia. I did some research on schools like British School of Amsterdam, British School of the Netherlands, International school of Eedre and so on!. Why are those British International school are so much expensive than the other international schools? Please help me, give me some advise on school in Amsterdam. Thank you.

FelixCited Fri 26-Aug-16 06:02:21

Ici711..The British school Amsterdam is expensive but the ISA (American) costs a lot more!
AiCS is a cheaper English speaking option.
All international schooling costs more than local education, they are a business & the British school is seen as a good one if you're staying for a 3 year contract (and your company pays the fees).

ici711 Fri 26-Aug-16 06:43:05

FelixCited, thank you for your reply. We are going there to stay for our children's education. We will be staying more than 3 years if everything turns out right. Do you know anything about visa?. I will be with my children throughout their studies, do I have to apply for visa as well?. What do you think of living in Hague?. Izzit an expensive place and what about the cost of living in Amsterdam?. Thank you again.

Laptopwieldingharpy Fri 26-Aug-16 08:06:32

Amsterdam and the hague have very different expat populations. I would say that Amsterdam is better suited for long term expats and i would really encourage you to consider local schooling if that were the case.
There is someone here who recently moved to Den Hag and has opted for the brotish school there. Worth searching the old threads it was quite informative.
Cost of life is similar, more varied housing options in and around Amsterdam and better chances for you to meet people. The Hague is quaint and proper and more clickey around university/diplomatic circles.
But that may just as well suit you. My parents lived there and loved it so did my teenage brother at the time.
My own expetience of Amsterdam is with small children and i found lots if expat and mixed playgroups revolving around the southside where the british school is. If you can afford it, its a lovely area of course.

BitOutOfPractice Fri 26-Aug-16 08:44:37

I'm confused. Are you saying you're moving to the Netherlands purely for your dc's schooling? Not for a job?

ici711 Fri 26-Aug-16 08:53:23

BitOutofPractice : Yes, moving to Amsterdam for children's education.

ici711 Fri 26-Aug-16 08:54:59

BitOutOfPractice: do you think is a good move?.

ici711 Fri 26-Aug-16 09:03:55

Laptopwieldingharpy: thank you for your expertise. Is it possible for my children to go into a local school? We plan to let them learn their Dutch there, and move them to the local school later. Do you think it's possible?. I learned from website that, we can apply the citizenship after five years of staying provided ones know how to speak in Dutch..izzit true?. Where can I learn more of this information? Thanks

NewIdeasToday Fri 26-Aug-16 09:09:01

Are you already an EU citizen?
If not, then you're going to find it difficult to get a visa.

BitOutOfPractice Fri 26-Aug-16 17:20:40

I don't understand why you would move to the Netherlands and then look for a British school. If you want them to have a British education, why not move to Britain?

BitOutOfPractice Fri 26-Aug-16 17:22:44

And I agree that you'll struggle to get s visa if you're not an eu citizen.

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