7 ways an international education gives your children a head start

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Deciding on a school for your children is a huge responsibility — and while the Dutch education system is known for its quality, you may be wondering if it’s the best choice for your child. 

Well, have you considered enrolling them in an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) at an international school in the Netherlands

There’s a lot to say about the IBDP, and in today’s interconnected world, the value of an international education cannot be overstated.

But what are the benefits of the IBDP, and how can your child benefit from it? 

If you’re based near Rotterdam and are seeking an outstanding education with world-class international teachers, Nord Anglia International School Rotterdam (NAISR) is the ideal place to nurture your child’s potential. 

1. Preparation for a future beyond school 

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In our ever-changing world, we don’t know what careers will exist in the future. The goal of any education is to prepare students for their future, wherever it may take them.

That’s why the IBDP focuses not just on academic excellence but also on character development, leadership skills, and a deep understanding of the world. 

This prepares students to be creative, agile and resilient, setting them up for success in university and their careers — wherever they may choose to pursue them.

2. Cultural diversity and global awareness

Fostering an international mindset is the best way to create global citizens. Image: Depositphotos

One of the most significant advantages of an international education is the exposure to people from diverse cultures. 

According to Ms. Alison Lipp, director of NAISR: “International schools not only actively teach cultural understanding, but the children live and breathe it through their day-to-day life within the community”.

This cultural diversity fosters global awareness, empathy, and a profound appreciation for different ways of life, preparing students to become true global citizens.

3. Excellent language proficiency

Oftentimes, English is not just the main language spoken at school but also in the friend group. Image: Depositphotos

It’s no secret that multilingualism is a highly valued skill in our interconnected world. 

If they aren’t already, international school students become multilingual by following a curriculum taught in a different language than their mother tongue or attending a multilingual programme. 💬

The result? They have all the tools to communicate effectively across borders and cultures — and that’s a valuable asset in all aspects of life. 

4. A rigorous academic curriculum that prepares for university

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The IBDP is renowned for its comprehensive curriculum — and is one of the best ways to prepare your children if they want to attend top universities worldwide. 🎓

Universities around the world see IBDP graduates as highly qualified for further studies, and students often feel more prepared to take on university-level classes. 

5. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills

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The international education model strongly emphasises critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 

Students are continuously encouraged to think independently, analyse complex issues, and develop creative solutions. Students are given real-life problems to tackle, making learning come alive. 

These skills are not only essential for the IBDP, but for life. 💪

6. Global networking opportunities

An international education allows students to grow outside of their comfort zone. Image: Depositphotos

An international education offers unparalleled opportunities for students to build a global network of peers and mentors. 

How? International schools, like NAISR, often provide their students with unique opportunities thanks to partnerships with international organisations, universities, and schools.

READ MORE | This international school works with MIT and UNICEF: meet Nord Anglia

These connections can be invaluable in students’ future academic and professional ambitions and provide them with a competitive edge in a global job market. ⚡️

Universities around the world see IBDP graduates as highly qualified for further studies, and students often feel more prepared to take on university-level classes. 💪

Wowza! With 84 schools across 33 countries, the Nord Anglia Education network of schools is the world’s largest premium international schools group! If you want to learn more about the opportunities this offers your children, we’ve been lucky enough to sit down and chat with Nord Anglia International School Rotterdam.

Curious to learn more? Geen problem!

7. Educational continuity and adaptability

IBDP schools have some of the best learning resources out there! Image: Depositphotos

For nomadic families, having your children in an international school can offer consistency in curriculum despite moving between countries.  

Your children learn to navigate unfamiliar environments, develop resilience, and embrace change — but the curriculum will be familiar, and there should be no learning gaps. 

The highly acclaimed IBDP offers many benefits that can impact your child’s life. 

From cultural diversity and language proficiency to critical thinking skills and global networking opportunities — the international approach to education is designed to prepare students for success.

What is your experience with international schools in the Netherlands? Tell us in the comments below!

Editor’s Note: This article was originally written in September 2021, and was fully updated in October 2023 for your reading pleasure.

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Christine Stein Hededam 🇩🇰
Christine Stein Hededam 🇩🇰
A Dane with a special place in her heart for Minnesota, Christine is now falling in love with everything Dutch. Between finishing her bachelor’s degree, learning Dutch, and doing yoga teacher training, you will find her wandering about the Hague. Always up for visiting new places, she loves to explore the Netherlands with friends and takes pride in scoping out cute cafés (wherein to discuss books, big plans, and food).

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