Dutch for work and study

Are you working or studying at a high level, with little time to learn the Dutch language? ‘Dutch for work and study’ gives you the opportunity to combine a language course with your work or study. 

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)Each level starts four times a yearLevel 1.1: Beginners (0 -> A1)
Level 1.2: Elementary (A1 -> A2)
Level 2.1: Intermediate (A2 -> A2+
Level 2.2: Intermediate (A2+ -> B1)
Level 3: Upper Intermediate (B1 -> B1+)
Level 4: Upper Intermediate (B1+ -> B2)
Course datesPeriod 1: 10 September 2018 - 1 November 2018
Period 2: 26 November 2018 - 31 January 2019
Period 3: 25 February 2019 - 18 April 2019
Period 4: 13 May 2019 - 11 July 2019
Group sizeMinimum: 15, maximum: 20
Course length8 weeks per level
Time tableMonday and Thursday evening 18.00 – 20.30
AssignmentsA minimum of 5 hours per week
Price per levelStandard € 645
VU employees € 485
VU (prospective) students € 325
ECTS points
(only for students)
3
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Application is closed two weeks before the course starts.
Course participants 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 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.

After course level 4, you will be able to speak Dutch fluently, to write and understand difficult texts, and to discuss in Dutch. You are ready for State Exam NT2, programme II. A degree SE II may give you access to a job or an education at HBO level (higher vocational education) or university level. Following course level 4, you can take a one-week State Exam training programme.

During this course, you will become familiar with the Dutch language, but also with the culture, society and politics of the Netherlands. And you will become acquainted with Dutch traditions such as Sinterklaas!
Everyone who has finished a secondary education (comparable to the Dutch havo/vwo) is welcome. If you do not speak Dutch yet, some knowledge of the English language is necessary. An intake (verbal and/or written) can be part of the selection procedure.
Please check Application or come to the VU-NT2 consultation hours: Monday and Thursday from 15.00-16.00 on the Service Centre in the main building of VU University Amsterdam (ground floor). An appointment is not required.

Read our general terms and conditions here.