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Available at
de Wit & van Dorp​
ADDO's bookstore
Mensing's caminada, Bruna​

Also available in English

Holland? Say What?!

A guide to help you prepare to go to the Netherlands, persevere and reach your goals.

If you want to go to the Netherlands, study and end with a degree in your hand, this book is for you! It is a guide filled with:

  • Real stories of students and former students
  • Information about the Dutch language and culture
  • A Checklist for the first month in the Netherlands
  • Tips on how to deal with money, homesickness and loneliness
  • A Bucket list to enjoy in the Netherlands

With this book as your guide, you will start to prepare on time, you will take control of your life and you will be satisfied with the life you will create as a student. If you go for it, go for it all the way!

“I hope that this book will serve to help students to prepare to immigrate to the Netherlands and get the most out of their stay. My dream is to have more and more successful island children return to help and proudly work on the prosperity of our island.”

Marhainska W.


"A book that I recommend all future students, every student that is already studying and all of their parents to read. This book covers all the subjects of a student life in the Netherlands. What I liked the most is that the book provides valuable tips on how to deal with specific situations.There is even space for you to put your own circumstances and feelings on paper and reflect on it. In one word, AMAZING!"
- Juliette Mendez, Stichting Studiefinanciering Curaçao.

Many students from the island of Curacao are full of hopes and dreams when they go to the Netherlands.They are unprepared however and have no idea what to expect of the Dutch life and culture.This book prepares,guides and supports the students so they can be successful in their life in the Netherlands. There is no universal formula for success. Nevertheless, good preparation and teachings based on investigation and good and bad experiences will avoid surprises and doubt and consequently, minimize the chance of failure. This book challenges and activates the reader. The content makes young people look at themselves critically and it motivates them to analyze the structure of their vision and passion and see how they can change. I would recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of going to study. This book contains real life stories about victories and defeats. Therefore, the reader will learn from the achievements and mistakes of other people.Wisdom gathered through genuine experience is extremely valuable. This book will be a tremendous gift to give your child, your nephew or niece, a sibling or friend,a neighbor or simply an acquaintance on their way to the Netherlands.
- Rendel Rosalia MEd, lecturer papiamentu.