Emigrating to Aruba: What’s important to know once I’m there?

The official currency in Aruba is the Aruban florin, which is linked to the Dollar exchange rate. Prices are quoted in Aruban florin and in US Dollar. We recommend that you do not take any foreign currency from the Netherlands as needed.

You can exchange money at banks, currency exchange offices and large hotels. The exchange rate that hotels use is often less favorable than with a bank. When changing money, a passport is often requested. Most banks in Aruba are open from 08:00 to 16:00.

Aruba has ATM, or Automatic Teller Machine, where you can withdraw US dollars (especially if you have a Dutch card with the Cirrus, Plus, Maestro, or MasterCard logo). The instructions on ATMs on Aruba are also in Dutch. When banks withdraw money from ATMs, the banks charge transaction fees.


The education system
Primary education (primary education)

In the Netherlands, primary education consists of primary education (4-12 years). On Aruba, primary education consists of primary education (4-5 years) and primary education (6-11 years) and no combination of these two forms of education has taken place, as in the Netherlands in 1986. For 1986, primary education in the Netherlands consisted of Kindergarten and primary school.


Secondary education (secondary education)

After primary education there are several options for continuing education on Aruba. On the one hand, one can pursue practical education (EPB (Educacion Profesional Basico)) and on the other hand one can choose from the mavo (four years), havo (five years) or the vwo (six years). Moreover, the students of secondary education in Aruba make the same Central Examination (CE) as in the Netherlands.

Aruba also hosts an international school that is mainly visited by the children of expats. It is a private school in which English is taught.


Secondary education

After primary education there is a possibility of following secondary education at the Colegio EPI (Educacion Profesional Intermedio). The Colegio EPI provides four courses: Unit Ciencia & Technologies, Unit Economics, Unit Hospitality & Tourism, and Unit Salubridad & Servicio (Health and Services).


Higher education

After secondary education there is the possibility of following higher vocational education at the ‘Instituto Pedagogico Arubano (IPA)’. The IPA is a teacher training for primary and secondary education. University education is to follow the ‘University of Aruba (UA)’ and to ‘The Caribbean University of Aruba’.

The University of Aruba is a relatively small university, with four faculties: Faculty of Law (FdR), Financial Economics Faculty (FEF), The Faculty of Hospitality & Tourism Management Studies and the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS).


Special education

For children and students who are physically, sensually or mentally disabled, there are several educational institutions in Aruba where special education is offered.


Daycare centers

There may be moments that parents can not care for their children because they are at work for example. There are several possibilities for childcare on Aruba, the Caribbean island has many daycare centers, playgrounds and crèches.


Languages ​​on Aruba

Aruba is also spoken in Dutch, English or Spanish, next to Papiaments. It is not necassary to speak fluetly Papiaments, as many residents speak Dutch and English, in addition to Papiaments. For business purposes or a function that you have a lot of contact with the local people, it may be useful.


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