Dutch Summer Course

Dutch Intensive Summer Course

Are you entering a Dutch university for your BA or MA program or an exchange? Or are you an expat who has little or no knowledge of the Dutch language? Tilburg University’s Language Center offers an innovative Dutch Intensive Summer Course. This 3-week intensive course will get you from ‘no Dutch at all’ to ‘daily Dutch proficiency’ (A1 level) in no time!

The Dutch Intensive Summer Course combines Dutch language acquisition with a fun introduction to Dutch culture. The course is designed to bring you to level A1 within the internationally approved European Reference Framework; you start at the level of absolute beginner.

In this course, you will learn the basics of Dutch language.

You will develop speaking, writing, listening and reading skills with respect to topics relevant to international students or expats living in the Netherlands. These topics include:

  • introducing yourself
  • shopping for groceries
  • ordering food and drinks
  • buying clothes

During the course we will use an innovative teaching method that is especially designed to get international students and expats up to speed in Dutch.

This method divides the learning process into the following three steps:

  • Preparing a topic through online exercises
  • Practicing skills and vocabulary in class
  • Consolidating what you have learned through homework assignments

Wherever needed, grammar will be dealt with within the context of the topics discussed. The emphasis, however, will always be on the communicative aspects of learning Dutch – which is why you get the opportunity to put your new knowledge of Dutch into practice and increase your fluency by going on a field trip every Wednesday.

For whom

Non-Dutch speaking students who plan to attend a program at Tilburg University or another university in the Netherlands; external participants with little or no knowledge of Dutch.

Course specifics

  • To be allowed to participate in the final exam, 80% of the written assignments must be completed and submitted to the lecturer; participation in the excursions is obligatory.
  • ECTS: 6
  • Course coordinator: Dr. M.A. van de Visser
  • One morning class and one afternoon class on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
    Excursions on Wednesday mornings introduce you to Dutch culture.
    Intensive study: you work on homework assignments between lessons.
    The final exam will take place on Friday July 22.
  • This course is taught on campus. Lectures are not recorded for later viewing.
  • No scholarships are available.
  • International students wishing to participate in this course need to be able to stay in the Netherlands visa-free or already have a visa for studying in the Netherlands. The Language Center cannot mediate in obtaining a (student) visa.

Course materials

Course materials are not included in the course fee. The book, together with access to the book’s website, can be purchased at a bookstore or online. You need to bring your book to the first day of class.

In addition to the standard course materials, you also have access to a wide variety of online tools through the Dutch Toolbox, an innovation developed by the Tilburg University Language Center. This includes reading modules, vocabulary, grammar, listening practice, etc.

Registration

You can register via the digital form which you can find at the end of this webpage.

Registration and deregistration is possible until May 31, 2022.

Tilburg University Language Center reserves the right to cancel courses in the event of an insufficient number of participants. In the event that the number of registrations exceeds the number of available places, a waiting list will be used.

Dutch Intensive Summer Course in short

Period

July 4 - 22, 2022

Schedule

One morning class (10:30-12:00) and one afternoon class (14:00-15:30) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Excursions on Wednesday mornings

Start

July 4, 2022

  • Registration is possible until 20 June  2022, 11:00
  • Deregistration is possible until 31 May 2022, 23:59
Target level A1 according to the Common European Framework (CEFR)

Course fee

  • € 612 or 9 Language Vouchers for Tilburg University students; each voucher is worth € 68. If you have fewer than 9 vouchers you can purchase the remaining vouchers;
  • € 630 for Tilburg University employees and alumni;
  • € 720 for external participants (including prospective students).

Sign up

This course is intended for

  • Non-Dutch speaking students who plan to attend a program at Tilburg University or another university in the Netherlands; external participants with little or no knowledge of Dutch.
  • everyone who is highly educated. This means that you have a diploma at HAVO or VWO level and are therefore eligible for Higher Education in the Netherlands.

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

Student at Tilburg University

Read our conditions before registration.

Staff member at Tilburg University
  • Tilburg University employees 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.

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.

Read our conditions before registration.

External participant
  • Professionals from outside Tilburg University can take this language. The costs can be paid by yourself or by your employer. Please indicate this on the registration form.

Read our conditions before registration.