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

All lessons of VU-NT2 will be given online from Wednesday 16 December, via zoom for Education. This is the result of the corona measures (lockdown) by the Dutch government. 

On the daytime group course Dutch for the NT2 State Exam II, you will learn Dutch up to B2 level in one calendar year. This means you will be able to understand difficult texts, write your own texts on a variety of topics, speak Dutch fluently and correctly, express your opinion and participate in discussions. You can start four times per year. After four or five modules each lasting nine weeks, you will be ready to take the NT2 State Exam II. You need this qualification if you want to go on to study at a university or a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands. VU-NT2 will advise you whether you need Level 5 to reach B2 Level, depending on your progress and results in Level 4. Candidates for civic integration can apply to DUO for a Dutch government loan to pay for the course.

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+ / en B2+ > C1)

Each level starts four times a year
Course datesPeriod 1 (level 1 to 5): 31 August - 30 October 2020
Period 2 (level 1 to 5): 16 November 2020 - 29 January 2021
Period 3 (level 1 and 2): 15 February - 20 April 2021
Period 3 (level 3 to 5): 15 February - 21 April 2021
Period 4 (level 1 and 2): 7 May - 13 July 2021
Period 4 (level 3 to 5): 10 May - 14 July 2021
Course length9 weeks per level
State exam trainingAfter passing level 4 you can follow the State Exam II 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 timesFrom 09.30 till 13.00
Assignments12-15 hours per week
Price per level
excl.  SE training
incl. course materials
Standard €1430
VU employees and PhDs / students of other Dutch universities €1130
VU students €730
EC points
(only for students)
9 per level
ECTS credits require the approval of the Examination Board of the relevant study program.
SubscribeApplication form
Application closes 2 weeks before the course starts or when the course is full.


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.

The Level 5 module gives you the tools you need to successfully complete Programme II of the NT2 State Exam. The course includes state exam training, conversation classes and excursions. Participation in the Level 5 module is limited and only possible if you have successfully finished Level 4.

Entry requirementsB2 or higher Dutch level (CEFR). If necessary, you can take an intake exam to determine your level.
Course dates2 September 2019 - 1 November 2019
18 November 2019 - 31 January 2020
17 February 2020 - 17 April 2020
  6 May 2020 - 10 July 2020
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)
Standard € 1430
VU employees € 1130
VU students € 730
ECTS credits (for students)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 Tuesday 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. 

Please call to make an appointment: 020 598 6398.

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 three steps:
  1. Make an appointment for the VU-NT2 consultation hour (call 020-5986398). The consultation hours are every Tuesday and Thursday from 15.00-16.00 hrs.
  2. The teacher will assess if this course is suitable for you and if you need to take an intake exam.
  3. If applicable: Please send us a scan your DUO letter (subject: "U krijgt een lening") or a screenshot of your personal page in 'Mijn Inburgering' 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.