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Dutch I for Expats

This is an evening course geared toward university-educated professionals who primarily work or study in an English-speaking environment, but would like to learn Dutch for day-to-day survival skills. This course teaches you basic Dutch grammar and you acquire vocabulary that is geared toward practical situations.

During the lessons, many dialogues and roleplays are used. You can prepare and review the lessons using the online material. You will also receive weekly writing exercises that you must rewrite yourself based on feedback from your instructor. The cultural subjects dealt with are primarily geared toward day-to-day life, such as Dutch names, food and drinks and the Dutch way of making appointments.

At the end of the course you will be able to

  • talk about your family
  • make an appointment
  • order in a café or restaurant
  • talk about living space
  • move on to the course Dutch II for Expats

Difference between Dutch I and Dutch II for expats

Dutch I for Expats in short

Duration and course format

10x 2.5-hour classes, 8 hours self-study per week


2 March 2020, registration possible from 15 December until 22 February 2020 (12:00 hrs)

Schedule Monday 18:30 hrs - 21:00 hrs 
Dates 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 March, 6, 20 April, 11, 18, 25 May, and 8 June (reserve date)
Course fee (course materials not included)
  • 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 € 450
  • Alumni Tilburg University: € 450
  • External participants: € 514
Level From 0 to A1 (Common European Framework of Reference)
Course Materials

Nederlands in gang. Methode NT2 voor hoogopgeleide anderstaligen. Countinho, 2017, 3th edition, ISBN 9789046905609


This course is intended for everyone who is highly educated. This means that you have a diploma at HAVO or VWO level and are therefore eligible to attend Higher Education in the Netherlands.

In our conditions, you can find more information about the registration period etc.

Staff member at Tilburg University
Alumnus of Tilburg University
External participant