The Magazine for the International Community in NL

Since 1998 The XPat Journal is the premier English-language magazine for expatriates living and working in the Netherlands. It brings you essential information on topics such as Dutch culture, legal and financial issues, international education, housing and health care. But also general information on living in Holland and fun things to do in your new home country.

The XPat Journal appears twice a year in print and twice as an online magazine.

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Summaries from the Latest Issue of The XPat Journal

Leeuwarden, European Capital of Culture 2018

The center of Leeuwarden is cozy and manageable in size – the one time we got lost lasted about 20 seconds – and the people are very friendly. At the end of the market day, we witnessed how the owner of a market stall had prepared a big package of unsold foods, which he pressed … Continued

Incubating World-Class Talent in The Hague

By Diane Lemieux Ève-Marie Dalcourt and Donnie Duncan are in The Hague because it is home to one of the world’s top dance companies, the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT). Diane Lemieux talks with these two young dancers about their life and their work in this quiet Dutch city by the sea. Competition to get into … Continued

The Dutch School Attendance Law

By Annebet van Mameren Last year there was a lot of commotion on the playground of a small town in the south of the Netherlands. What had happened? A family from the school had gone skiing and had posted some photos of their holiday on Facebook. This had upset some dutiful (or maybe jealous) parents … Continued

Lost in Translation

By Robin Pascoe This season’s big television hit is a series about a typical Dutch primary school called De Luizenmoeder – the nit mother – and follows the trials and tribulations of a new parent finding her place in the school and the playground hierarchy. Luizenmoeder is bottom of the list of classroom jobs, which … Continued

International School Het Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest

In 1983, Het Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest was issued a licence by the Dutch government, allowing it to provide international education alongside the Dutch curriculum. The choice was made then – and 35 years later this is still the case – to organise Dutch and international curricula in the same school, in which students share the … Continued

Traffic Education

By Wijnand de Gelder The focus of this issue is education. Which is the author has chosen to direct your attention to a number of issues in the context of participating safely in traffic. It is important that adults realize that they have the important duty of setting an example. As the Dutch say: a … Continued

Access to Education and Other Children’s Rights

By Edith van Ruitenbeek When moving from one country to another, finding the right school – in terms of creating the best opportunities for obtaining the necessary diplomas to face the global future – used to be easier for British kids than for others. This, due to the many British schools, or at least schools … Continued

A Stellar Education: The MaastrichtMBA

You know how it is… Perhaps stuck in a rut at work, you feel you can do more but just don’t know how to mine the wealth of potential greatness that you are sure must be inside you somewhere.  You admit it: you could do with a little extra learning. If you are looking for … Continued

AISR – Participation is the Key

At the American International School of Rotterdam, our mission is to challenge and inspire our students to be principled and resourceful citizens of the world. AISR offers a competitive, world-recognized academic program that is complemented by opportunities for all members of our school community to become engaged in unique, rewarding experiences. Just as we offer … Continued

Coming to the Netherlands as a Student

When coming to the Netherlands as a student, special immigration procedures apply. Which specific requirements are to be met depend on your nationality and the purpose of your stay. Some nationals need an entry visa plus residence permit, while other nationals only need a residence permit. Upon arrival, other procedures must be completed, such as … Continued

Scholarships and Grants

In this article, we go into the possibility of arranging a scholarship or grant if you are coming to the Netherlands as a non-Dutch national to study. We also provide a short overview of the studiefinanciering-loan, which – subject to conditions – is also available to non-Dutch nationals, and the tuition fee loan. If you … Continued


To accommodate the growing demand for student places, International School Utrecht opened an extension to the main building and a completely new wing this January. This extra space allowed the school to open six new classes, which means around 80 new students and their families could be welcomed into the school community. The extension to … Continued