Even though nearly all Dutch speak good English, learning some Dutch is recommended. It will help you in everyday life and Dutch people will appreciate that you have made the effort.
If you want official recognition of your Dutch language skills (in order to work for instance) you will need to follow a course that offers exams within the NT2 structure. This is administered by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Check the website on http://www.rijksoverheid.nl/ministeries/ocw (only available in Dutch).
Personal Habituation Budget (Inburgering)
To help newcomers in the Netherlands integrating in the (Dutch) community, the government financially supports them with a so-called Personal Habituation Budget (Persoonlijk Inburgeringsbudget).
When a foreigner registers at the municipality, the civil servant checks if he or she is obliged to naturalize. For those who are, two different tracks can be followed. The most extensive one includes an official State examination and an integration examination. If you meet certain criteria it is possible to follow a shorter course, which has the possibility of not taking the integration exam, but where the State examination is still obligatory.
Aside from those obligatory tracks, municipalities have the financial means to support newcomers who voluntarily want to get familiar with the Dutch language and their customs. After all, the Dutch government values the integration of those who reside in the Netherlands. Check for more information the website www.vrom.nl (only in Dutch).
Children are permitted to attend school in the Netherlands from the age of four. School is compulsory for children from the age of five to sixteen.
The choice of school or type of school is entirely yours to make. You are free to discuss your wishes with the management of the school you have in mind. Children from the age of four (in some cases three) are first admitted to an eight-year primary school. After completion of primary school, children make a choice for their secondary education. In cases where a school offers both Primary and Secondary Education, the transition from one educational level to the next is uninterrupted. An important decision all parents of school-age children have to make when they move internationally is whether to place their children in local or international education. Both options are available in the region Twente.
Possibilities of primary and secondary education in Twente are:
Prinseschool/ primary school "The Little Prince"
7541 AN Enschede
Tel. +31 (0)53 431 1173
International Secondary School Twente (ISST):
Het Stedelijk Lyceum Zuid
7541 WG Enschede
Contact: Els Weir +31 (0)53-482-1151
Dutch-English Bilingual Secondary Education & International Baccalaureate using the Montessori method:
Montessori College Twente
The Montessori College Twente offers Dutch-English bilingual secondary education (TweeTalig Onderwijs). This havo-vwo stream uses the immersion method were English is spoken as early as possible and next to extra English language classes subjects such as geography, history, biology, mathematics, physical education, music, technology and science are taught in English language. Students can obtain their Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English in year 3 and the International Baccalaureate in year six facilitating access to English-speaking universities worldwide. An additional school fee of 450€ per year is required i.a. for the annual international school trip.
7556 HM Hengelo
Tel: 074 – 2914629