When are the school holidays in 2018 – 2019?

The following holiday dates in the 2018/2019 school year are for primary education, special education and secondary education. In secondary vocational education (MBO) and higher education, institutions are free to set their own holiday dates.

Autumn holiday 2018 (all dates inclusive)

  • North and central regions: 20 October to 28 October 2018
  • South region: 13 October to 21 October 2018

These dates are advisory. Schools may change them, but they must publish their holiday dates in the school prospectus.

Christmas holiday 2018 – 2019

  • All regions: 22 December 2018 to 6 January 2019 inclusive

Spring holiday 2019 (all dates inclusive)

  • North region: 16 February to 24 February 2019
  • Central and south regions: 23 February to 3 March 2019

May holiday 2019

  • All regions: 27 April to 5 May 2019 inclusive.

Schools may extend the May holiday by one week if they wish. For the exact dates, check your school’s website or prospectus.

Summer holiday 2019 (all dates inclusive)

  • South region: 6 July to 18 August 2019
  • North region: 13 July to 25 August 2019
  • Central region: 20 July to 1 September 2019

The Netherlands is divided into 3 school holiday regions: north, central and south.