Frequently asked questions

Good to know before you apply.

Here are some frequently asked questions to help you understand the process even better.

I sent an inquiry through OpenApply. When will I hear back?

We aim to respond within 5 working days. Please note that we will only respond to your enquiry if you have uploaded your child(ren)'s school reports (only applicable for students currently attending school). 

When can my child start?

The first day of the 2023-24 school year is Thursday 24 August. 

For families arriving at different stages during the year, please find the starting dates for the 2023-24 school year below.



What if my child does not speak English yet?

Beginning English Language Acquisition students are accepted into the whole of the PYP and MYP for grades 6 and 7 only. From grade 8 onwards, students need to have an appropriate level of English to access the curriculum. All students entering grades 9-11 are expected to complete an English language entrance test prior to acceptance into the programme. Please also look at the Language Support page.

What support does ISU offer?

To ensure access and engagement of all learners, ISU uses a comprehensive approach based on the following guiding principles: student-centred, needs-based, prevention-oriented, results-focused & systematic, collaborative & transparent, culturally responsive and equitable.To proactively address the academic, behavioural and social-emotional needs of the students, our school also provides additional support. For more information, please view the inclusion page.

Does the school provide childcare?

The school offers places to children who have had their 4th birthday. We do work closely with Kind & Co, a separate organisation that offers childcare to children under 4.  Kind & Co offers after school care (in Dutch: BSO) in our school building. For information & registration please view our childcare page.

Where do our school families live?

Please view the ISUtrecht Fact Sheet for some more information on student numbers and nationalities, staff nationalities and where our school families live. We will update this information twice every academic year, in the autumn and spring.

Is there a school bus?
No, there is no school bus, but public transport in the city of Utrecht and surrounding areas is well organised.