Dutch course for the NT2 State Exam programme II (Intensive)

Are you intending to work or study at college or university level? 'Dutch for State Exam II' will take you from level 0 to B2 (CEFR).The pace of the lessons is fast. A minimum of 16 hours per week selfstudy is required.

After taking an entry exam to establish your level (not for absolute beginners), you can join at any level. Testing take place at the end of each course period. If you pass the test, you can graduate to the next level. You are free to determine how many courses you would like to take and what level you want to achieve.

Course levels (CEFR)Level 1: Beginner, Elementary (0 > A2)
Level 2: Intermediate (A2 > B1)
Level 3: Upper Intermediate (B1 > B1+)
Level 4: Upper Intermediate (B1+ > B2)
Level 5: Advanced (B2 > B2+/B2+>C1)
Each level starts four times a year
Course dates3 September 2018 - 2 November 2018
19 November 2018 - 1 February 2019
18 February 2019 - 18 April 2019
6 May 2019 - 11 July 2019
Course length9 weeks per level
State exam trainingAfter passing level 4 you can follow the State Exam Training. For more information, click here.
Time tableLevel 1 and Level 2: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday
Level 3, 4 and 5: Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Course timesBetween 9.00 and 16.00*
AssignmentsA minimum of 16 hours per week
Price per level
excl.  SE training
incl. course materials
Standard € 1.250
VU employees € 950
VU (prospective) students € 650
ECTS points
(only for students)
8,5 - 10 per level
SubscribeApplication form
Application closes 6 weeks before the course starts or when the course is full.
 *Due to the large amount of students, classes may start in the morning or in the afternoon.


Course members are grouped according to their level of Dutch and together you will work on your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills.

In the classes at VU University Amsterdam, we will use a multimedia room and a brand new digital language lab. You will receive explanations and instructions and you will practice your speaking skills.

Outside the classes, you will train your learning and listening skills, vocabulary and grammar. Accomplished NT2 lecturers teach our classes and will personally coach you.

Testing takes place at the end of each course period. If you pass the test, you can graduate to the next level.

After course level NT2 Extra (including State Exam training) you are ready for State Exam NT2, programme II. You will be able to speak Dutch fluently, to write and understand difficult texts, and to discuss in Dutch. A degree SE II may give you access to a job or an education.

This new course aims to improve participants’ chances of a successful career or further education in the Netherlands. The course entails improving your conversational skills, a number of excursions and you will gain more in-depth knowledge of the Dutch language. 
Entry requirementsB2 or higher Dutch level (CEFR). If necessary, you can take an intake exam to determine your level.
Course dates3 September 2018 - 2 November 2018
19 November 2018 - 1 February 2019
18 February 2019 - 18 April 2019
6 May 2019 - 11 July 2019
Course duration9 weeks per level
State Exam trainingThe NT2 Level 5 course includes State Exam training, which will be held in the first week of the course.
You can also take part in the State Exam training without taking one of our courses. For further information and application, click here.
Days and timesMonday, Wednesday, Friday (morning)
Self-studyA minimum of 16 hours per week.
Course fees per level (including course materials
and State Exam training)
Regular fee: €1,250
VU employees: €950
VU students and prospective students: €650
ECTS credits (for students)8.5 - 10 per level
RegistrationYou can register for the course using our registration form.
This course has several entry requirements:
  • Education: everyone who has finished a secondary education (comparable to the Dutch havo/vwo) is welcome.
  • Language skills: if your Dutch is not sufficient to do the intake interview in Dutch, you should be able to speak English with the teacher about your previous studies and/or work experience. An intake (verbal and/or written) can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Computer skills: sufficient computer skills are necessary. This means you have to be able to do your online homework independently.

During the consultation hours, a teacher will assess if this course is a good fit for you. After you have filled in the application form, you have to come to the consultation hours to speak with a teacher. The consultation hours are every Monday and Thursday between 3pm and 4pm. Please report at the VU-NT2 desk at the Service Centre on the ground floor of the VU main building. An appoinment is not neccessary.

If you want to take this course, we kindly ask you to fill in the application form. After filling in the form, you need to complete your registration as soon as possible. To complete your registration, there are two steps:
  1. Visit the consultation hours to speak with a teacher about your application. The consultation hours are every Monday and Thursday from 15.00-16.00. Please report at the VU-NT2 desk, which is located at the ground floor of the main building, at the Service Centre. An appointment is not required. The teacher will assess if this course is suitable for you and if you need to take an intake exam.
  2. If applicable: Please send us your DUO letter (subject: "U krijgt een lening") or bring the DUO letter to the consultation hours.

After you have visited the consultation hours (and have taken an intake test), a decision will be made if you can start with this course or not. If you can start, you will receive a course invitation via e-mail:

  • If you receive a loan from DUO, you should confirm your attendance in the course as soon as possible. We cannot place you in the course if you have not confirmed your attendance. You will sign the invoice for DUO on the introduction day.
  • If you pay for the course yourself, the invitation e-mail will contain payment details and a payment deadline. If we receive the payment before the deadline, you will be placed in the course.

Shortly before the start of course, you will receive an invitation for the introduction day. During the introduction day you will meet your classmates, receive the course material and listen to a presentation about the course.

General terms and conditions

Read our general terms and conditions for students with a DUO-loan.

Read our general terms and conditions for students who do not have a loan from DUO.