Is There a Monster Living Under Your Bed?

First and foremost, if you are an American expatriate living in the Netherlands – or many other countries – you absolutely need to report your income to the United States government, via a ‘tax return’ (Form 1040), regardless of how long you have lived abroad. Along with that obligation comes another surprise to many expats. … Continued

Social Media: Curse or Blessing?

Millions of people are active on the social media. They have rich social lives and are connected – online – to millions of others. However, your online data is sometimes used for unintended purposes. In their prenuptial agreements, movie stars arrange which information can and cannot be shared with the media. Now that so many … Continued

Choosing Between Local or International Education

When living outside your home country, you will undoubtedly encounter this question: is local or international education the best option for your child? There are various factors to consider, and what is best greatly depends on your family’s individual situation: there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this very important question. At Edufax, they specialize in … Continued

Higher Education for International Students

In this global world, studying abroad is not only popular and possible, but often also a prerequisite for getting a job. And one of the best places to follow an international course is the Netherlands, with its affordable tuition and more than 2,000 English-language courses at all levels. However, before you make up your mind … Continued

When Parents Stay, and Children Depart

Inevitably, international families are then confronted with the choices, dilemmas, and challenges which arise when they stay on in their expatriate assignment location, and the children are ready to move on – embark on their own. For those contemplating post-secondary education the question then is: Where? Do they go home? Where is home? Do they … Continued

Jip and Janneke

Volksuniversiteit Amsterdam offers Dutch for non-Dutch courses, during which expats learn something about the Dutch culture, as well as how to speak the language. It also runs a monthly NT2-café where expats have no choice but to speak Dutch. Volksuniversiteit students, and their guests if they want to take them along, can gather on a … Continued

A Parental Lesson to Learn

The majority of parents feel that it is important that their children know the language and culture of both parents. Among other things, this is expressed in the type of education they choose for their children. Many of these parents opt for an international school, bilingual education or extra language classes alongside the mainstream education. … Continued

International Education Options at the Primary and Secondary Level

As mentioned in the article, When Parents Stay and Children Depart, there is a wealth of international schooling options in the Netherlands, both at primary and secondary level, as well as at university level. For the latter, we refer you to our article Higher Education for International Students. In this article, you can read about … Continued

Stedelijk Museum for Modern Art

After its closure of eight years, an extensive € 127 million renovation, cost overruns of € 20 million, multiple delays, a bankrupt building contractor, temporary relocation to the Post CS building, a public outcry at the new design identity and two successive directors, art lovers can finally breathe a collective sigh of relief at the … Continued

Turning Technology Into Business

Where better to explore those ideas than at High Tech Campus Eindhoven (HTCE)? Set up in 1998 by Philips, its doors opened to other companies in 2003, and the campus is now a hive of activity for many established companies and young start-ups. Companies at the campus are exploring solutions to issues in Health, Energy … Continued

Our Children Are the Future

When marriage turns out to be too big a challenge, Edith van Ruitenbeek tells her clients that the next biggest challenge is making a fair and sustainable divorce covenant and… parenting plan. As a divorce lawyer and mediator she always tries to make sure the spouses think as caring parents when they have to make … Continued

News from ‘the East’

The International School Twente (IST) is the only international school in the Twente region, located in Enschede. It is a so-called Dutch International School (DIS) which means that the school is fully recognized by the Dutch Ministry of Education and also subsidized by the Dutch government, which enables the IST, like all DI Schools, to … Continued