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 applying for a new job and the use of ‘u’ and ‘jij’.

Mandatory Intake

If you want to register for the intermediate, upper-intermediate, or advanced course, you are required to do an intake test. 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 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 contains oral and a written tests.

Special circumstances COVID-19

  • This course is taught partly online and partly on campus (compulsory). The exam will be administered on campus. Before signing up, please check whether you will be able to come to campus at the scheduled time. Since active participation is a key part of language skills courses, you need to able to interact with the group in a digital environment as well. Make sure you have a stable internet connection, working webcam and headset or microphone. For recommended hardware requirements, see this TiU website.
  • If circumstances surrounding COVID-19 change and we are no longer able to physically visit the campus, this course will move online completely.
  • 80% attendance is required. Lectures are not recorded for later viewing.

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.

  • 31 August 2020, (de-)registration possible until 22 August 2020
  • 9 December 2020, (de-)registration possible until 30 November 2020
  • 7 April 2021, (de-)registration possible until 29 March 2021

Monday 9:30 - 11:30 hrs: on campus

Wednesday 9:30 - 11:30 hrs: online

Friday 9:30 - 11:30 hrs and 11:45 - 12:45 hrs: on campus
Course Fee (including Course Materials)
  • Staff Tilburg University: the first Dutch course is free of charge. If you have already participated in a Dutch course at the Language Center, you pay € 1,130
  • 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.
  • You need to have a reasonable level of English.
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