PHILIPSBURG – Every year many of our students decide that
they want to continue their studies in the Netherlands however many do not know
how to proceed or what the requirements are.
However, Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education,
Culture, Youth and Sport Affairs is here to help.
On Thursday, September 15, 2022 a free workshop entitled “Applying to Schools in the Netherlands”
will be held at the University of St.
Martin for students who want to continue their studies in the Netherlands. This
workshop is geared at students in the last two years of secondary school or
recent graduates will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.
According to SSSD, with
technology at our fingertips, for some students applying to schools in the
Netherlands can be just a few clicks
away and then waiting for an answer from the school. For others, however, the
task of applying to schools can be daunting and they may not know where to
start. Students also have to know the educational system in the Netherlands.
The “Applying to Schools in the Netherlands” workshop is aimed at
students from all the sections of the diverse education system on St. Maarten.
Vocational as well as academic tracts and schools with Dutch or English language instruction in the
Netherlands will be covered. Educational
changes occur frequently in the Netherlands and it is important for students to
know of such, say SSSD officials.
“Requirements for admissions
may vary from school to school and admission may not be granted with a diploma
or decent grades. For example some
schools have interviews, language tests and other requirements and students
should know this,” SSSD officials indicated.
SSSD officials indicated that
students are urged to register in advance so that space availability and
meeting the Covid guidelines may not become issues. Parents are urged to
encourage their children to participate in this workshop.. If parents or
students have any questions on these workshops, they can contact the Student
Support Services Division at telephone 543-1235 or email@example.com for more
The Student Support Services Division is located in the Gatspy’s
Building, across from the Police Station and next to the Windward Island Bank
(WIB) in Philipsburg. SSSD provides many services
to students including psychological services, counseling services, speech
language pathology services, social work services, educational diagnostic
services, career services, and parental workshops.