Dutch for International students

Are you (temporarily) studying in the Netherlands? And would you like to learn Dutch while you are here?
We offer various language courses for international students. Check out our course programme and choose a course that suits you best! If you are a (exchange) student at VU University Amsterdam, you will also receive a 50% discount on the course fee.

Evening course Dutch for work and study

With our evening course 'Dutch for work and study’, you will learn the basics of the Dutch language (CEFR level A1) within eight weeks. After the first course, you can choose to continue in the next levels (CEFR A2 to B2). You are free to determine how many courses you would like to take and what level you want to achieve. The courses take place twice a week on Monday and Thursday evening. 

If your first language is German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or Afrikaans, you can also choose to take the fast track of this course, which will enable you to reach level B2 in just 7 months!

Saturday course Everyday Dutch

Are you looking for a practical, semi-intensive language course? Join our Saturday course 'Everyday Dutch'. Within four months, you will learn to use and understand the basics of Dutch language (CEFR level A2). Everyday Dutch is a e-learning course with only one class per week, on Saturday morning classes. This gives you the opportunity to combine it with your studies. This course is suitable if you are, for instance, staying in the Netherlands for a short while, or if learning Dutch not a necessity for you. It will give you the tools to do your own shopping, or order a beer or wine.

Basic Dutch on Campus

Are you a VU student? And would you like to learn Dutch alongside your studies to help you feel more at home on campus? The VU offers you the first two modules of the evening course Dutch for work and study at a greatly reduced rate. You will join classes together with other participants e.g. expats.

Discover the Dutch Summer School

Would you like to follow an intensive language course during the summer period? Then join our Discover the Dutch Summer Course! In this course you learn to speak and understand some basics of the Dutch language and society. At the end of this course you will be able to speak and understand the Dutch language at a very basic level, and have some knowledge about Amsterdam, the Dutch and their rich history and culture.

For more information please visit the VU Amsterdam Summer School website.

Study Abroad in Amsterdam

You can also participate in the program "Study Abroad in Amsterdam", especially designed for international students. VU University offers the Semester in Amsterdam programme with different courses (including Dutch). For more information, please visit the website of Study Abroad in Amsterdam