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Extensive Dutch Language Course

With one lecture per week, the Extensive course allows students to master the basics of the Dutch language within twelve weeks. This course is available at the Absolute Beginners (A1) and the Beginners (A2) level.


Would you rather have two lectures per week? Please have a look at our Semi-intensive Dutch language course. This course is available at each level up to Advanced (CEFR B2).

  • What to expect from class

    Classroom activities

    The course activities are founded upon various tasks. These tasks are functional, and are directly linked to a concrete situation, such as ‘having conversations with people on the street’ or ‘writing a job application’. By using multi-media, the teacher provides learners with opportunities to develop the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

    Optional: Distance Learning Classes

    Next to classes on location, the INTT offers a few online groups for those who prefer to take distance learning classes. For these classes a stable internet connection and the option for video calling are mandatory.

    A distance learning lesson consist of two parts:  

    • Synchronous learning: real-time contact with your fellow students and your teacher in online classes (approx. two hours per session).
    • Asynchronous learning: going through elaborate, guided course materials and doing online tasks and exercises on Canvas, the UvA’s online learning environment.

    Together these parts add up to a three hour lesson.

  • Levels

    This course is taught at the levels of Absolute beginners and Beginners only (CEFR* level: 0 - A2).

    Absolute Beginners (0-A1)
    For those with absolutely no knowledge of Dutch.

    Beginners (A1-A2)
    For those who understand some Dutch, but cannot yet make themselves understood in the language.

  • Level Assessment

    Before the beginning of a course, the INTT organises a level assessment for new participants to assess their level of proficiency in Dutch.

    Participants who pass the examination at the end of their course may continue with the course at the next level without taking another level assessment.

  • Textbooks

    The textbook and weblicense of the method of CODE+ is used in class for all levels.

    • Absolute Beginners 
      Heijne, N.C. e.a., CODE+ deel 1 | 0‐A1, Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, Thieme Meulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. (textbook + web license)
    • Beginners
      Heijne, N.C. e.a., CODE+ deel 2 | A1‐A2, Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, Thieme Meulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. (textbook + web license).


  • Terms and Conditions

    The course fee covers access to the UvA computers and Canvas, the digital learning environment of the UvA. The course fee does not cover the textbooks. Students need to buy a textbook and weblicense of the method: Heijne, N.C. e.a., Code + , Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, Takenboek part 1 - 4.

    Students can apply for either an online or on campus course. A combination of online and on location classes is not possible. 

    When there are less than ten applicants for a group, the group will be cancelled. Those who have already paid the course fee will of course be completely refunded.

    A refund is only possible if written cancellation (by letter or by email) is received at least four weeks before the start of the course. A ten percent administration charge will be deducted from each refund.

    If during the course period the Covid-19 situation changes and on campus classes are no longer possible, the INTT will switch to fully online classes to enable you to continue the course.

Practical information

Target group: All higher educated foreign language speakers
Class size: Approx. 16
Language of instruction: Absolute beginners: Dutch and English / Beginners: Dutch
Hours per week: One 3-hour class and 3 hours of self study
Course duration: 12 weeks 


Morning groups: Wednesday  9:30 – 12:30
Evening groups: Wednesday 18:30 – 21:30


  • 15 September - 8 December 2021  (no classes on 27 October 2021)
  • 16 February - 25 May 2022 


  • €340 reduced fee for UvA students & staff
  • €575 reduced fee for alumni who enroll within six months after graduation from the UvA
  • €670 for all others