Admissions Process

Thank you for your interest in Rotterdam International Secondary School. Here you will find essential information about our admission process. If you would like to know more or if you would like to make an appointment to visit our school, please contact our Admissions Office. 

You can also apply online with our Open Apply Link or email us at:

Welcome to the RISS Admissions Office. It all starts here!

Our office and virtual doors are open to you for all visits, messages, questions and comments. At RISS, we are a values-driven international school and are eager to aid in the development of confident, ethically responsible and innovative global citizens. We welcome you to our international community of Rotterdam and the surrounding areas and aim to bring together parents, students and staff as a comprehensive team to reach all future goals, academic and otherwise.

Step 1 Visit OpenApply to start the application process
Step 2 Fill in the requested information about you and your child(ren)
Step 3 Submit your application
From now on, our admissions officer is able to see your application and will guide you along the way.
Step 4 Upload required documents 
Step 5 Use the checklist in OpenApply as your guide for completing the application

Our admissions officer will contact you during the application process to make sure any questions you might have will be answered. After the completion of the application process on OpenApply, you and your child(ren) will be contacted for an interview meeting with our admissions officer and Head of Section.

SCHOOL YEAR 2024-2025:

  • For Foundation Years (Grades 6-8) we are accepting applications, however, we have limited capacity.
  • For Middle Years (Grade 9) we are operating a waiting list.
  • For Senior Years (Grade 11) we are operating a waiting list for the DP programme. We are accepting applications for the CP programme.

Please note that our Learning Diversity Programme is currently full.

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We are happy to answer any questions you might have and invite you and your child to visit the school!

School Fees

As a semi-private international school we have special tuition rates. For more information please take a look at our  School Fees Booklet for 2023-2024 or School Fees Booklet for 2024-2025.

Eligibility Policy

As a member of the Dutch International Schools Alliance, RISS follows guidelines as directed by the Dutch Ministry of Education concerning eligibility to the school:

  • Foreign students who will reside in the Netherlands temporarily while their parents are employed in the country;

  • Dutch nationals who have had at least 2 years of international education while their parents have had employment overseas;

  • Dutch nationals who are planning to be educated, for at least two years, overseas, due to their parent’s employment outside the Netherlands. (We require a notarised document from the employer confirming the overseas employment.)

The Dutch authorities have created a wider option for local Dutch students who wish to continue their senior years within an international context by allowing them to apply to Dutch international schools.

The conditions are as follows:

  • The school (RISS) is allowed to admit a student with Dutch nationality to the IBCP if the student has successfully passed the third year of HAVO and can prove that their level of English is adequate to follow education in the medium of English.
  • The school (RISS) is allowed to admit a student with Dutch nationality to the IBDP if the student has successfully passed the fourth year of VWO and can prove that their level of English is adequate to follow education in the medium of English.
  • The school (RISS) can make the final decision on admission.

For more information read our admissions policy.