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General Information

Dutch International Schools are as such acknowledged and funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science. As a consequence, remuneration, eligibility requirements for teaching and for admission to the schools, are according to Dutch national regulations.

The UWC Maastricht is a Dutch International School 

As a foreign national working for our school you need (by law) to successful complete the relevant application process for the work/residence permits and the recognition of your diploma. All staff members have to provide a Dutch certificate of conduct. School as your employer will help you with these application processes.

The remuneration for our Teaching staff in Primary is based on the Dutch CLA for Primary Education, and for our Teaching staff in Secondary on the Dutch CLA for Secondary Education.

Living, working and life in Maastricht, the Netherlands

The UWC Maastricht is located at Discusworp 65 in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
The portal is the starting point for all questions about living, working and life in Maastricht:

Working as an employee in the Netherlands? Applying for your permits!

​As a foreign national who comes to the Netherlands to work as an employee, you are regarded as a labour migrant. In most cases your employer (together with you) will need to apply via the Dutch IND for a permit. The UWC Maastricht as employer is an IND recognised sponsor.

If you wish to work as an employee in the Netherlands, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You have a valid travel document (for example a passport).
  • You are not a risk to public order and national security.
  • You are willing to undergo a tuberculosis test upon arrival in the Netherlands.
    Certain nationalities are exempt from this obligation.
  • You have not previously stayed in the Netherlands illegally.
  • You have not given false information or have withheld important information to support any previous applications.
  • You will earn a competitive income.
  • You have sufficient long-term means of support. This income must be available for at least 12 months. If your employment will be shorter than 12 months, the income must then be available for the duration as stated in your contract.

For detailed information:

Working in Education in the Netherlands? Applying also for recognition of your foreign diploma!

If based upon your foreign training you want to work in education in the Netherlands, you must apply for recognition of your foreign training. This recognition is only possible if your training is equivalent to a similar Dutch training.

To which teaching professions does this apply?

Recognition of your training is required for the following professions:

  • Primary school teacher.
  • Primary school subject teacher (only for German, English, French, arts and crafts, drawing, physical education, music, dance and drama).
  • General secondary education teacher.
  • Vocational education and adult education teacher.

What are the rules?
You can submit your foreign diploma to the Dutch government via the DUO desk for assessment. In addition to a valid diploma, you must also have a teaching qualification in your home country.

If you gained your diploma in the EU/EEA or Switzerland, you can see which conditions you must satisfy in the regulation Erkenning EG-beroepskwalificaties onderwijspersoneel (in Dutch only).

If you are from outside the EU, DUO will assess your application against Dutch educational legislation. For further information please check:

Working at our School? Applying also for a certificate of conduct!

A certificate of conduct (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag, VOG) is a document by which the Dutch State Secretary for Security and Justice declares that the applicant did not commit any criminal offences that are relevant to the performance of his or her duties.  School together with you have to initiate as soon as possible the application process. For further information please check:

We hope to be able to welcome you now or in the future to the UWC! 

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