Language Center

Nt2 Beginners (intensive course)

This course allows you to rapidly acquire a solid basis of everyday Dutch based on texts from the Delft method that you will go through step-by-step. Grammar is also explained based on these texts. This allows you to develop a feeling for the language instead of only knowledge of the grammar rules.

The texts you read are discussed in class, usually by means of exercises, and sometimes based on a student’s presentation. You will also write and correct texts yourself with the help of correction symbols, and you will create your own vocabulary diary in which you record words that are relevant for your daily life. By the end of the course, you will have acquired a vocabulary of approximately 2,300 Dutch words.

Mandatory intake

Would you like to register for Nt2 Beginners? If so, you are required to do an intake test. The test takes a maximum of an hour and provides an indication of how fast you can learn a new language. Afterwards, you will have a meeting with a lecturer, either in  English or in Dutch. The lecturer determines whether there is a good match between your profile and the Language Center courses and, if so, at which level you can begin.  

Do you have to learn Dutch because you are obliged to participate in a civic integration program? Then you are eligible to apply for a DUO loan to finance the intensive course. In case you started your integration in the year 2022, you will enter the course through your municipality. This has to be part of your personal Plan Integration and Participation (PIP).   

At the end of the course you will be able to

  • talk about what you do in your free time
  • report a birth at the municipality
  • report moving house
  • hold an elementary discussion about learning a language
  • move on to the Nt2 Intermediate Course

In addition, you will also have basic knowledge of Dutch history and politics.

Final exam

The course contains oral and written tests.

Specifics

  • Because there are currently no COVID restrictions, the format for this course is entirely on campus. Should COVID restrictions (such as the 1.5 meter rule) be re-introduced, the Language Center may decide to change the format to an entirely or predominantly online course. 
  • Since active participation is a key part of language skills courses, you need to be able to interact with the group in a digital environment. Make sure you have a stable internet connection, working webcam and headset or microphone. See the recommended hardware requirements.  
  • 80% attendance is required. Lectures are not recorded for later viewing.

Nt2 Beginners in short

Duration and course format

Three two-hour classes and three one-hour classes for 10 weeks, with a minimum of 20 hours of self-study per week, 12 ECTS credits

Period

(incl. exams and reserve classes)

  • August 29, 2022 until December 2, 2022 
    • (de-)registration possible until August 17, 2022
  • December 9, 2022 until March 24, 2023
    •  (de-)registration possible until November 30,  2022
  • March 31, 2023 until July 14, 2023
    •  (de-)registration possible until March 20, 2023
Schedule 

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Classes are in the morning or in the afternoon.

Course fee (Course materials included)
  • Staff Tilburg University: the first Dutch course is free of charge for the employee, but will be paid by the School/Service. If you have already participated in a Dutch course at the Language Center, you pay € 1.350
  • Alumni Tilburg University: € 1.350
  • Students  Tilburg University: 12 Language Vouchers or € 816 (Course materials not included)
  • External Participants: € 1.500
Level From 0 to A2 (Common European Reference Framework )
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Register

This course is intended for everyone who is highly educated. This means that you have a sufficiently high level of education or have had a minimum of 12 years of education. You also need to be able to actively speak and understand English.

Student at Tilburg University
  • On the page cashing in language vouchers, you can find, amongst other things, more information about how to register if you have no vouchers or insufficient vouchers, registration for an intensive Nt2 course and the registration period.
  • Note: Would you like to register for an intensive Dutch as a Second Language course, you should send a motivational letter to the coordinator. 

Read our conditions before registration.

Staff member at Tilburg University
  • The first Dutch course will be covered by the School/Service. If you have already participated in a Dutch course at the Language Center, you can join this language course at a reduced rate. The fees can be paid by yourself or by your employer. Please indicate this on the registration form.

  • Registration is possible from the moment the timetable for the course is available.

Read our conditions before registration.

Alumnus of Tilburg University
  • Tilburg University alumni can take this language course at a reduced rate. The costs can be paid by yourself or by your employer. Please indicate this on the registration form.
  • Registration is possible from the moment the timetable for the course is available.

Read our conditions before registration.

External participant
  • Highly educated non-native speakers from outside Tilburg University are eligible for this language course. The costs can be paid by yourself or by your employer. Please indicate this on the registration form.
  • Registration is possible from the moment the timetable for the course is available.

Read our conditions before registration.