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Dutch Intensive Summer Course

TUSS - Intro 2

Are you entering a Dutch university for your BA or MA program or an exchange? Or are you an expat who has little or no knowledge of the Dutch language? DISC, Tilburg University’s innovative Dutch Intensive Summer Course, is a 3-week intensive that will get you from ‘no Dutch at all’ to ‘daily Dutch proficiency’ (A1 level) in no time!

Course Information

This course in short

  • Course period:
    8 – 26 July 2019
  • ECTS:
  • Max participants:
    20 participants
  • Course leader:
    P.A. (Patty) van Bielder MA
  • Target group:
    Non-Dutch speaking students who plan to attend TiU or another university in the Netherlands; external participants with little or no knowledge of Dutch.
  • Schedule:
    One 2-hour morning class and 2-hour afternoon class on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Excursions on Wednesday morning introduce you to Dutch culture. Intensive study: you work on homework assignments between lessons. The final exam will take place on Friday 26 July.
  • Course fee:
    € 612 Tilburg University students, € 630 Tilburg University alumni & employees, € 720 external students. Tilburg University students have the possibility to pay with language vouchers.

Course Aims

The course combines Dutch language acquisition with a fun introduction to Dutch culture.

This course is designed to bring you to level A1 within the internationally approved European Reference Framework; you start at the level of absolute beginner.

Course Information

In this course, you will learn the basics of Dutch language.

You will develop speaking, writing, listening and reading skills with respect to topics relevant to international students or expats living in the Netherlands. These topics include:

  • introducing yourself
  • shopping for groceries
  • ordering food and drinks
  • buying clothes

During the course we will use an innovative teaching method that is especially designed to get international students and expats up to speed in Dutch.

This method divides the learning process in the following three steps:

  • Preparing a topic through online exercises
  • Practicing skills and vocabulary in class
  • Consolidating what you have learned through homework assignments

Wherever needed, grammar will be dealt with within the context of the topics discussed. The emphasis, however, will always be on the communicative aspects of learning Dutch – which is why you have the opportunity to put your new knowledge of Dutch into practice and increase your fluency by going on a field trip every Wednesday.

Course Materials

Course materials

    Course materials are not included in the course fee. The book can be purchased at a bookstore or online. You need to bring your book on the first day of class. deel 1, 2e druk: ca. 144 pp. / ca. € 24.50 / ISBN 9789046905661

    In addition to the standard course materials, you also have access to a wide variety of online tools through the Dutch Tool Box, an innovation developed by the Tilburg University Language Center. This includes reading modules, vocabulary, grammar, listening practice, etc.

    Course Specifics

        • 80% attendance is required.
        • To be allowed to participate in the final exam, 80% of the writing assignments have to be completed and submitted to the lecturer; participation in the excursions is obligatory.

        Application and Registration

        This course is for prospective exchange students and non-Dutch speaking students or expats with little or no knowledge of Dutch.

        Tilburg University Summer School reserves the right to cancel the course in case of an insufficient number of applications. When the maximum amount of applications has been reached, there will be a waiting list for the course.


        • € 612 or 9 Language Vouchers for Tilburg University students; each voucher is worth € 68. If you have fewer than 9 vouchers you can purchase the remaining vouchers;
        • € 630 for Tilburg University employees and alumni;
        • € 720 for external participants (including prospective students);
        • The course fee does not include any study materials. No scholarships are available.


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