Dutch Educational System

Schools in the Netherlands offer high-quality education. The philosophy behind Dutch education reflects Dutch society and aims to encourage students to be open-minded, and able to think and learn in a creative manner. Children have to go to school from age 5 to age 16.


Education in the Netherlands consists of the following levels:

  • Pre-Primary Education
  • Basisschool(Primary Education)
  • Secondary Education (VMBO, HAVO, VWO)
  • Tertiary Education:
         - Vocational Education (MBO and company schools)
         - University of Applied Sciences (HBO)
         - Research University (Universiteit)


More information about the Dutch educational system:
-    Ministry of Education Culture & Science
-    Euro Education

-    Top Universities





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