Language Center

NT2: Intermediate (intensive course)

During this intensive course, you continue to develop your general proficiency in Dutch. You expand your vocabulary (to approximately 4300 words) and your knowledge of grammar. In preparation of the lessons, you study one or two texts that cover all aspects of living in the Netherlands. In this way, you practice vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and grammar.

You are going to present on different topics. You will also write texts based on an outline and give one-minute presentations. As far as culture is concerned, subjects will be discussed that are relevant to many students, such as reporting that you move house or applying for a new job.

Mandatory Intake

If you want to register for the intermediate, upper-intermediate, or advanced course, you are required to do an intake test. This test consists of fill-in-the-gap texts and sentences that need to be completed. The test takes a maximum of an hour and a half. The test gives an indication of your level of the Dutch language. You will have a meeting with a lecturer immediately after the intake test. The lecturer determines whether the Language Center courses are suitable for you and at which level you can begin.

Did you pass the NT2 State Exam, program I or II or the TANG test at A2 or B1 level in the twelve months prior to your registration for the intensive program? Then you do not need to do an intake test. You can make an appointment for an intake interview directly. Please, bring proof of your previously attained level.

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.

At the end of the course you 

Final Exam

The course is concluded with an oral and a written exam.

NT2: Intermediate 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.

  • 28 August 2019, registration possible until 20 August
  • 6 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 (including Course Materials)
  • Staff/Alumni Tilburg University: € 1,130
  • Students Tilburg University: 12 Language Vouchers of € 816 (Course Materials excluded)
  • External Participants: € 1,250
Level From A2 to B1 (Common European Framework of Reference)
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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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