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.

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Summaries from the Latest Issue of The XPat Journal

Post Plaza

As mentioned on page 30, Leeuwarden is one of Europe’s Cultural Capitals this year, which will be celebrated not only in the city itself, but throughout the whole province. Once you are in Leeuwarden, where to eat and sleep? Post Plaza of course. After being decommissioned, the Post & Telegraafkantoor, as it was once called, … Continued


All I Really Need to Know About Dutch Education I Saw on De Luizenmoeder

By Greg Shapiro Dutch TV has a real hit with De Luizenmoeder, set in a first-grade classroom at a Dutch grade school. I’m pretty sure it’s based on a true story, possibly my own. Here are some of the most recognizable quotes. “Hallo Allemaal! Wat fijn dat jij er bent!” / “Hello, everyone! So fine … 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


Daring to Dream Big

It was nothing more than a dream two decades ago: ensuring the right of every man woman and child to protection against genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) contributes to a world in which no one, no matter their rank or title, is above the law. As the … Continued


Can Anything Prepare You for Expatriation/Global Living?

If education is the key to success – however you define it – then what is there to learn, prepare for, when moving overseas, or crossing borders? As the American tennis player Arthur Ashe once said: “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” What We Know Our mission … Continued


International-Mindedness

As the world gets smaller through our ability to travel and with the increased use of social media, being an internationally-minded citizen has become an essential part of our ability to succeed in life and to contribute positively to the world we live in. Accepting and appreciating different cultures – and indeed our own culture … Continued


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


Cultural Differences in the Classroom

By Jan Vincent Meertens Cultural differences have an influence, in multiple ways, on the relationship between teachers and students, teachers and parents and between students. The ultimate learning outcome, short or long-term, may not be what parents, teachers or students expect if cultural differences are not recognized and reconciled. In this article, the author refers … Continued


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


Plan of Action

By Chris Smit This will be my fourth year contributing to The XPat Journal. This also means that it’s my fourth article on this issue’s topic: Education. Given this fact, it is not always easy to come up with a good subject – and sometimes inspiration fails me. So, this time, I turned to my … 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