The Magazine for the International Community in NL

Even in an expat-friendly culture like the Netherlands, creating a life in a new country can be daunting: how do you find housing, deal with the healthcare system, operate a business, raise children, have fun?

The XPat Journal provides the information necessary for expats in the Netherlands to create the life they want.

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Summaries from the Latest Issue of The XPat Journal

International School Utrecht

A Community Learning for World Citizenship   A group of staff members, students and parents recently reviewed the school’s Mission Statement. Together, they came up with four equally important pillars that underpin everything at International School Utrecht.   Community We are a close-knit and welcoming community of students, staff and parents. We all approach life from a … Continued


Amsterdam – the book

A Must Have for Everyone Who Loves the City   Who knew storm, rain and mist could look so pretty? Photographer Ewout Huibers explored his beloved Amsterdam in every type of weather imaginable. From sparkling spring sunshine, summer clouds at bursting point, and frosty winter skies to misty autumnal colours; the weather is omnipresent! You … Continued


From the Point of View of… Baraa Alnawakil

“Within a few weeks, I already knew that I had been granted refugee status. That was very good news. It was a feeling of complete awe. I was now a resident of a new country and I took it upon myself to learn about my new duties, culture and language.” What was it like, going … Continued


Beyond the Classroom

It has been more than 32 years since ACCESS was founded, but still, Community Education plays a similar function; that of offering something to help internationals, expats if you will, from feeling isolated in their new surroundings, or offering them different opportunities to improve upon skills, learn new ones, or prepare for their new lives … Continued


Access to Education and Other Children’s Rights

When moving from one country to another for job reasons, one of the issues expat parents have to deal with is choosing the right school for their child(ren) – in terms of creating the best conditions for obtaining the diplomas necessary for facing the global future. After all, the kids of today often already consider … Continued


Bilingual Schools

A Good Option for Your Child Who Doesn’t Speak (Fluent) Dutch? By Annebet van Mameren   In the almost six years Annebet van Mameren has been advising international parents on the most suitable schools for their children in the Netherlands, bilingual schools must have been the topic they have discussed the most frequently. Many of … Continued


What’s for Homework?

First Impressions of an Indian Mother in the Netherlands By Divya Susan Varkey I silently mused at the contrast that they were faced with, while they continued telling me of how here in their public school in The Hague, kids played online games on their tablets while the teacher wasn’t looking, switching quickly to their … Continued


Private Education

By Robin Pascoe   Group by group, we filed out of the room and went our separate ways. I was left feeling enormously humbled. There was me, loud-mouthed Brit with my cynicism about the whole process, surrounded by people who had gone through so much to get here, who were refugees, or partners who had … Continued


Rotterdam International Secondary School (RISS) Is a Remarkable School Indeed!

During 30 years of RISS, starting as a small department within the Wolfert Bilingual School, it has grown to become a symbol of Rotterdam’s growth, international importance and multicultural awareness.   RISS provides an education that not only addresses these academic needs, but also seeks to instil key values and a wider social commitment, all … Continued


New European Rules on Matrimonial Property

By Yolanda Bokhorst   Isn’t it wonderful when you meet the love of your life? And when you then decide to make it official, by getting married? For a marriage to be valid, you have to enter into it in accordance with the formalities of the country in which it is being carried out. Of … Continued


Zoekjaar for Highly-Educated Graduates

Zoekjaar  – translated literally it means “search year” – refers to a status for graduates with advanced education who would like to work in the Netherlands after graduation.   Think of a zoekjaar as an orientation year for graduates from universities and schools in the Netherlands or abroad. The government is aware of your skills … Continued


A Year of Immersion Before Going Dutch

By Annebet van Mameren   More and more international families relocating to the Netherlands. While previously most expats received an extensive relocation package from their employers, these additional benefits are no longer standard. As you can imagine, not everyone is able to pay for an international school themselves. Research shows that many internationals plan to … Continued