Professional Dutch

Professional Dutch is a semi-intensive course (16 weeks, one class a week) for people who already have a good command of the Dutch language (B2/B2+) and would like to improve their language skills for the purpose of career advancement or higher education. For example, you are expected to write formal letters, essays, theses, or to give a presentation.

Course dates1st period: 12 September 2018 - 30 January 2019
2nd period: 27 February 2019 - 3 juli 2019
No classes
7, 14 and 21 November 2018, 24 December 2018 - 4 January 2019 (Christmas holidays), 24 April 2019, 1 and 8 May 2019
Course length
16 weeks, 1 class per week
TimetableWednesdays 18:00 - 20:30 hrs
Home assignments
Maximum 5 hours per week
ECTS points
Intake exam Yes, please see entry requirements
Price level

Standard: € 645
VU employees: € 485
VU (prospective) students: € 325
SubcribeApplication form (only in Dutch)
Course members are grouped according to their level of Dutch (B2 or higher). During the classes, you will be personally coached by accomplished NT2 lecturers to work on your speaking, writing, reading and oral presentation skills. Before every lesson, you will need to prepare the study material and make some assignments. During the periods in which there are no classes, you will also receive some assignments to make at home.
This course will teach you to improve your skills in reading, writing, speaking and presenting in Dutch on a professional and academic level (B2+ / C1). You will also enlarge your (general academic) vocabulary. Testing takes place at the end of the course period. If you pass the course, you will receive a certificate of completion.
Everyone who registers for our Academic Dutch course must take an intake exam. It is not possible to follow this course without taking an intake exam, even if you have passed State Exam II.

The next intake exam will be on:

  • 14 January 2019
You can register via our online registration form. After registration, you will receive an invitation for an oral and written intake exam. The intake exam determines whether or not the course level is suited for you. 

If you have doubts about the level of the course, or if you want more information, send us an e-mail ( or come to the VU-NT2 consultation hours: Monday and Thursday from 15.00-16.00 h. on the Service Centre in the main building of VU University Amsterdam (ground floor). You can call for an appointment: 020-5986398 (Monday - Friday between 13.00-17.00h.).

This course is only offered if there is a minimum number of 12 applicants. Application closes two weeks before the start of the course or if the course is full.

Please read our general terms and conditions.