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International Schools

Education & childcare

International institutions for primary and secondary education include:

Harbour International School Rotterdam

Harbour International  School Rotterdam (HISR) offers primary education to children aged four to eleven years, which is designed to shape and develop them for the challenges of the 21st century. All lessons are taught in English with the opportunity for the pupils to learn Dutch from a native Dutch speaker. The pupils experience Dutch culture through visiting the many museums and attractions in the Rotterdam area. 

HISR is part of a Dutch national education foundation, subsidised by the Dutch government. This subsidy allows us to offer high quality international education at a competitive price. HISR was established in 1988 with 21 pupils. The school has grown in size and stature and is located approximately 3 kilometer west of the Rotterdam city center

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Nord Anglia International School Rotterdam (NAISR)

NAISR is a unique place where traditions are valued and innovation is embraced by an extraordinary learning community that brings together students from all over the world. NAISR creates a nurturing environment in which students can feel comfortable, safe and secure in order to learn to the best of their respective abilities. NAISR teaches Pre-Kindergarten through to Grade 12 with three curriculums IPC, IMYC and IB

NAISR is conveniently located just north of the heart of the city of Rotterdam. Nestled in the beautiful community of Hillegersberg along tree-lined paths.


Rotterdam International Secondary School (RISS)

Rotterdam International Secondary School (RISS) is an International school with an international curriculum to serve students from all over the world. The language of instruction is English. The examinations offered are the International General Certificate of Secondary Education and the International Baccalaureate. RISS is located in central Rotterdam (in close vicinity to Rotterdam Central station) and is easily accessible by bike, car and public transit.

RISS is a genuinely comprehensive coalition of teachers and students drawn from across the globe, united by a common belief in the importance of an inclusive, culturally diverse, child-centred, enquiry-driven education that not only prepares young people for university and life beyond but that ensures young people actually enjoy their youth too. More information: 

Did you know: If you are looking for education in specific languages, Rotterdam offers Korean, Japanese, Russian, Polish and Chinese language education:

1.         Korean School of Rotterdam (Korean)
2.         Japanese School of Rotterdam (Japanese)
3.         Foundation Matryoshka (Russian)
4.         SzkołaSchool (Polish)
5.         Danhua Chinese School (Mandarin)