Mission / Vision


Our mission is to encourage students of all ages from diverse international backgrounds to develop a love for learning, to discover their full potential, and to support them in international understanding, competency-learning and character development.


Our aim is to:

  • Make student development the centre of all school decisions.
  • Offer our students and staff an inspiring learning experience.
  • Shape a safe and encouraging learning environment, built on the spirit of community and global citizenship.
  • Be a forward-looking and innovative school.
  • Provide the opportunities for our students to be successful at their next school, in their further learning and their lives beyond, wherever they live in our ever-changing world.

Three Key Elements

Explore the world

21st century skills. Inquiry-based learning. Problem-solving skills… How to become a true global citizen?

We encourage our students to explore the world in their own way. The school building and outside spaces of International School Twente (ISTwente) invite appreciation, exploration and discovery.

Our youngest students often play and learn in the outside spaces, specially set up for ‘play-based learning’. In addition, we have set up our class rooms, group and central areas (such as the study centre) in such a way that our students are able to work individually as well as in groups. It works! We see that the groups continue to change in size and make-up. Through contact with other cultures, our students can discover the world within the safe school environment.

We help our students to draw their own conclusions, by working with ‘inquiry-based learning’, as a basis of our curriculum. Our students learn to ask ‘why’, instead of ‘how’. Through these questions, problems and scenarios, our students develop their own knowledge in a way that reaches further than a collection of ready-made facts. Our approach matches the 21st century skills; acquiring problem-solving skills, cooperation, critical thinking, creativity and ICT skills.

Express yourself

Art. Music, Expression. Sport. ….. How do you express yourself?

Our students represent 25 nationalities and cultures, each with their own mother tongue, background and customs. This makes our school a unique meeting place for the international community. It gives an essential impulse to our education where it concerns the meaning of ‘international understanding’.

To be able to find each other in this diverse, international community, activities that do not rely on language are necessary to communicate and connect. This is why ISTwente focuses on Art, Expression, Music and Sport. Within these activities our students can be themselves and express themselves without language barriers.

Be part of the community

Meeting place for the international community. Local community. Twente… Welcome to our community!

Everyone should feel welcome at International School Twente. We want our school to be a meeting place for the international community. This promotes international-mindedness, and supports new families to settle and feel at home.

ISTwente is a ‘community’ school that connects between the international and the local community. As a community school, ISTwente has a role to play in the local community. We see it as a priority to work alongside the Dutch departments at Prinseschool and Het Stedelijk Lyceum. Both schools’ bilingual programs and their emphasis on internationalisation of their Dutch programs set them apart and make cooperation with ISTwente an obvious development. Beyond this, Het Stedelijk Lyceum is a Top sport Talent school, where promising sporting talents are given the opportunity to combine their sports careers with education. International School Twente will also seek to provide this program for international sporting talents.

The development of the school also includes increased cooperation with the University of Twente as well as the vocational institutions in the region.

By making the Dutch language and culture part of our curriculum, we encourage and enable our students to participate in the local community. ISTwente cooperates with local cultural organisations, sports clubs and child care providers.

We see the diversity in backgrounds and values as an opportunity for international-mindedness and a stimulant to connect. This way, everyone feels part of the ISTwente community.