Professional Dutch

This course is designed for individuals who already have a good command of the Dutch language, but who wish to improve specific (academic) language skills. In your studies or work, for example, you are expected to write formal letters, essays, theses, or to give a presentation.

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:

  • January 15, 2018
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 15.00-16.30 on the Service Centre in the main building of VU University Amsterdam (ground floor). An appointment is not required.

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.


Course dates1st and 2nd period: 13 September 2017 - 31 January 2018
2nd and 3rd period: 29 November 2017 - 18 April 2018
3rd and 4th period: 28 February 2018 - 4 July 2018
No classes
24 December 2016 - 6 January 2017  (Christmas holidays)
29 April, 26 April, 3 May 2017
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)