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 feel 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 portfolio or 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 approx. 2300 Dutch words.

Mandatory intake

If you are an absolute beginner in Dutch, you need to participate in a mandatory intake consultation with a lecturer from the Language Center. This consultation takes approx. 20 minutes. During the intake consultation, an assessment is made of whether you have sufficient skills to participate in the intensive course. This includes previous education, your level of English, your time available for the course, and your computer skills.

Do you have to learn Dutch because you are obliged obligation to participate in a civic integration program? Then you are eligible for a DUO loan to finance the intensive course.

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 a discussion about learning a language

  • move on to the Intermediate Course

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

Final Exam

The course is completed with an oral and written exam.

NT2: Beginners in short

Duration and Course Format

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

Extra one-hour class on Fridays.

  • 26 August 2019, registration possible until 20 August
  • 4 December 2019, registration possible until 26 November 
  • 30 March 2020, registration possible until 23 March

Monday and Wednesday: 9:30 - 11:30 hrs

Friday: 9:30 - 11:30 hrs and 11:45 - 12:45 hrs

Course Fee (Course materials included)
  • Staff Tilburg University: € 80
  • Alumni Tilburg University: € 1,130
  • Students  Tilburg University: 12 Language Vouchers or € 816 (Course materials not included)
  • External Participants: € 1,250
Level From 0 to A2 (Common European Reference Framework )
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This course is intended for everyone who is highly educated.

  • You have a sufficiently high level of education or have had a minimum of 12 years of education.
  • If you do not speak Dutch, you need to have a reasonable level of English.
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