Language Center

Tilburg University is an internationally oriented research and education institute. The Language Center assists students, university staff, and non-university students in improving their language proficiency.

NT2: Dutch for Expats

Dutch I for Expats

10x 2.5-hour classes, 8 hours self-study per week

This is an evening course geared toward university-educated professionals who primarily work or study in an English-speaking environment, but would like to learn Dutch for day-to-day survival skills. This course teaches you basic Dutch grammar and you acquire a vocabulary that is geared toward practical situations.

During the lessons, many dialogues and role plays are used. You can prepare and review the lessons using the online material. You will also receive weekly writing exercises that you must rewrite yourself based on feedback from your instructor. The cultural subjects dealt with are primarily geared toward day-to-day life, such as Dutch names, food and drink and the Dutch way of making appointments.

By the end of the course, you will be able to talk about your family, make an appointment, order in a café or restaurant and talk about living space. You will have reached the A1 level of the Common European Reference Framework.

Course overview

  • Entry requirements: Beginner
  • Target level: CEFR-level A1
  • Period: Fall and spring semester
  • Duration: 10 x 2.5 hours
  • Course fee: € 750
  • Course materials (not included in the course fee): Nederlands in gang. Methode NT2 voor hoogopgeleide anderstaligen. Countinho, 2017, 3th edition, ISBN 9789046905609


  • Schedule: to be announced as soon as possible
  • Dates: to be announced as soon as possible

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Registration form>> registration for fall is possible as of 15 July

Dutch II for Expats

10x 2.5-hour classes, 8 hours self-study per week

This course is a continuation of Dutch I and provides a more expanded basic knowledge of the Dutch language. You will be trained from level A1 to level A2 of the Common European Reference Framework. This is also an evening course similar to Dutch I for Expats and is intended for staff of Tilburg University and other interested parties with a university degree.

During the lessons, many dialogues and role plays are used. You can prepare and review the lessons using the online material. You will also receive weekly writing exercises that you must rewrite yourself based on feedback from your instructor. The cultural subjects dealt with are primarily geared toward practical information such as social talk, giving your opinion, asking and giving directions and giving advice.

Course overview

  • Entry requirements: Dutch I, CEFR A1, or a comparable level
  • Target level: CEFR-level A2
  • Period: Fall and spring semester
  • Duration: 10 x 2.5 hours
  • Schedule: to be announced as soon as possible
  • Dates: to be announced as soon as possible
  • Course fee: € 750
  • Course materials (not included in the course fee): Nederlands in gang. Methode NT2 voor hoogopgeleide anderstaligen. Countinho, 2017, 3th edition, ISBN 9789046905609.

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Registration form>> registration for fall is possible as of 15 July

Dutch III

This course is a continuation of Dutch II for Expats, Dutch II for International students en Dutch - Fast Track and takes you from CEFR-level A2 to B1-. You further expand your knowledge of Dutch based on topics such as work, education, travel, and art. All skills (reading, listening, writing, speaking) are dealt with, with a particular focus on interaction. You also givesome short presentations on Dutch cultural topics in the broadest sense of the word.

Course overview

  • Entry requirements: Dutch II, CEFR A2, or a comparable level
  • Target level: CEFR-level B1-
  • Period: Fall and Spring semester
  • Duration: 12 x 2.5 hours
  • Schedule: to be announced as soon as possible
  • Dates: to be announced as soon as possible
  • Course fee: € 750
  • Course materials (not included in the course fee): Nederlands in actie. Methode NT2 voor hoogopgeleide anderstaligen. Coutinho, 2012, 3rd edition, ISBN 9789046902981

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Language course for students

Dutch I for International students

13x 3-hour classes, 8 hours self-study per week, 6 ECTS

In this course, you will learn basic Dutch grammar and acquire a vocabulary that is geared toward practical situations. During the lessons, many dialogues and role plays are used. You can prepare and review the lessons using the online material. You will also receive weekly writing exercises that you must rewrite yourself based on feedback from your instructor.

A great deal of information about Dutch culture will be discussed, such as public transport and the Dutch relationship with water.

At the end of the course, you will be able to talk about yourself, your hobbies and your family, you will be able to make an appointment, do the grocery shopping and order in a café or restaurant. You can also talk about what you do every day and what you did yesterday. The course is completed with two oral exams and a written exam. You will have reached the A1 level of the Common European Reference Framework.

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Dutch I for Asian students

13x 3-hour classes, 8 hours self-study per week, 6 ECTS

In this course, you will learn basic Dutch grammar and acquire a vocabulary that is geared toward practical situations. The difference between this course and the course ‘Dutch I for International Students’ is that this course pays extra attention to comprehension (what exactly is being said) and pronunciation. During the lessons, many dialogues and role plays are used. You can prepare and review the lessons using the online material. You will also receive weekly writing exercises that you must rewrite yourself based on feedback from your instructor.

A great deal of information about Dutch culture will be discussed, such as public transport and the Dutch relationship with water.

At the end of the course, you will be able to talk about yourself, your hobbies and your family, you will be able to make an appointment, do the grocery shopping and order in a café or restaurant. You can also talk about what you do every day and what you did yesterday. The course is completed with an oral exams in pairs and a written exam. You will have reached the A1 level of the Common European Reference Framework.

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Registration form>> registration for fall is possible as of 15 July

Dutch II for international students

13x 3-hour classes, 8 hours self-study per week, 6 ECTS

This course is a continuation of Dutch I and provides a more expanded basic knowledge of the Dutch language. In assignments called “Talenquests”, you will work in a group and look up information about various subjects and then present that information on subjects such as holidays. During the lessons, many dialogues and role plays are used. You can prepare and review the lessons using the online material. You will also receive weekly writing exercises that you must rewrite yourself based on feedback from your instructor.

The cultural subjects dealt with are primarily geared toward practical information such as riding a bicycle, the weather and doing business.

At the end of the course, you will be able to give a compliment, talk with your doctor and ask directions. The course is completed with an oral exam in pairs and a written exam. You will have reached the A2 level of the Common European Reference Framework.

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Dutch - Fast Track

13x3-hour classes, 8 hours self-study per week, 6 ECTS

In this course for native speakers of a Germanic language, like German, Norwegian or Swedish, you will be instructed in the basics of the Dutch language at a high pace. You will acquire the vocabulary needed for understanding simple authentic written and spoken Dutch texts. In class, attention is given to training speaking proficiency. You are taught to express yourselves in basic written and spoken Dutch through short in-class presentations and written assignments. At the end of the course, you will have reached the A2-level as set by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

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Summer Course

Dutch Intensive Summer Course

More information about this course can be found on the site of Tilburg University Summer School