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For semester and year programs, a five-night orientation in Soest, Amesterdam or Egmond. For short term programs, a three-night orientation in Soest, Amsterdam or Egmond. Orientations include Dutch language lessons and sightseeing. Excursion(s). A prepatory online Dutch language course. Use of a bicycle.
Secondary schools in The Netherlands are divided into three levels: VMBO, HAVO, VWO. Exchange students are normally placed in the middle or higher levels, as VMBO is geared towards vocational learning.
The school year runs from August to July with classes starting at 8am and finishing around 4pm. This varies depending on the schools location but is a good indicator for what a school day may be like.
The official language of the Netherlands is Dutch, spoken by the majority of the population. Approximately 90% of the population can also speak conversational English, with the language being recognised as an official language by several towns.
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The Netherlands tends to have cool summers and moderate winters. Throughout the day, temperatures fluctuate between 2-5°C in winter and between 17-20°C in summer. Rainfall is spread throughout the year, with April to September being the drier period.
Depending on daylight saving, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are between eight to nine hours ahead of the Netherlands.