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Intensive Dutch Language Course

The Intensive Dutch language programme is a full-time programme (eight weeks). Every week consists of 16 contact hours and an estimated 20 hours of homework. This course is perfect for those who aim to rapidly improve their Dutch and who benefit from an intensive teaching method. Combining this course with other commitments, such as studying or a job, is not recommended. The Intensive course is available at four levels, from 1 (CEFR 0) until 4 (CEFR B2).

If you are looking for a course that can be more easily combined with a study programme or a job, please have a look at the Semi-intensive Dutch language course.

  • What to expect from class

    Distance Learning Classes

    To limit the spread of the COVID-19, the University of Amsterdam has limited the possibilities for on campus education. Therefore all courses at the INTT will be offered through distance learning up to and including August 2021. For these classes a stable internet connection and the option for video calling is 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 three or four hour lesson. The lesson will take place as scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

    The teaching practice and didactic approach have been adapted to the extraordinary circumstances we are now living in, the course content and learning outcomes have not changed.

    Set-up of the yearly programme

    The year-long programme consists of approximately 450 hours of lessons. The total number of study hours (lessons + self-study) amounts to about 1200 hours per year.

    All lessons are scheduled during the day from 9:00 – 13:00, 11:00 - 15.00 or 13:00-17:00. A student must spend a minimum of 16 hours per week doing self-study. Classes are held four times a week in level 1 and 2 and three times a week in level 3 and 4. Following the level 4 course, an additional 3-day Staatsexamen-training is included.

    The programme is divided in four levels. It is possible to enroll in a course levels separately. Participants who pass the examination at the end of the course may continue at the next level.

    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 multimedia, the teacher provides learners with opportunities to develop the four language skills; listening, reading, writing and speaking.

  • 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.

  • Levels 

    This course is offered at level 1-4 (CEFR level: 0-B2). 

    Level 1 (CEFR 0~A2)
    For those who have no (or almost none) knowledge of Dutch and are incapable (or almost incapable) of making themselves understood. The language of
    instruction is English and Dutch.

    Level 2 (CEFR A2~B1)
    For those
    - who can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography);
    - communicate in very simple Dutch about familiar and routine matters, provided the other person is helpfull and talks slowly;
    - write some sentences about familiar and routine matters.

    Level 3 (CEFR B1~B2)
    For those who:
    - can understand, with some difficulty, clearly spoken standard Dutch concerning familiar matters, e.g.
    - can understand the central topic of many TV programmes when the delivery is relatively slow and clear; understand simple written texts, e.g. small articles in Metro;
    - generally communicate, with the help of others, in simple Dutch;
    - produce simple texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest (with many mistakes).

    Level 4 (CEFR B2)
    For those who:
    - can understand, with some difficulty, general Dutch, e.g. can understand most TV news and current affairs programmes;
    - understand, with some difficulty, written texts about a wide range of topics, e.g. articles in a daily paper like De Volkskrant (frequently referencing a dictionary);
    - communicate relatively fluently with native speakers (still making quite a few mistakes); produce written texts about various topics using complex sentences (still making quite a few mistakes).

  • Application procedure

    To apply for one of these courses, please fill out the online application form.

    In the application form we ask you to indicate the course level that - you think - suits you best. Based on the information obtained during our intake test (before the start of the course) we may however advise you to attend a different course.

    Your application form can only be used for one course only. Once you are enrolled in one of the courses, there will be a different application procedure to continue with the following level. 

    NB. Students who require a visa can only apply through the Service and Information Centre of the UvA. For more information, please visit:

    Student Services Desk
    Roeterseiland Building E Roetersstraat 11,
    1001 NH Amsterdam
    Tel: + 31 20 525 1401
    (weekdays from 9:00 – 17:00)

    Timely registration is required!

  • Textbook

    The textbook and weblicense of the method of CODE+ is used in class for all levels. An extra syllabus will be handed out in class.

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

    Level 2
    - Heijne, N.C. e.a., CODE+ deel 3 | A2‐B1, Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, Thieme Meulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. (textbook + web license).

    Level 3
    - Heijne, N.C. e.a., CODE+ deel 4 | B1‐B2, Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, Thieme Meulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. (textbook + web license).

    Level 4 
    - Heijne, N.C. e.a., CODE+ deel 4 | B1‐B2, Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, Thieme Meulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. (textbook + web license).

  • Terms and Conditions

    The fee covers the lessons and various collections of reading, listening, speaking and writing exercises. It does not cover textbooks nor the fee for the NT2-II exam.

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

    If there are less than ten applicants for a group,  an adapted programme will be offered, or the group will be canceled. Those who have already paid the course fee will 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 foreigners
Class size: Approx. 20
Language of instruction: Level 1 - Dutch and English / Other levels - Dutch

Hours per week
- Level 1 and 2: four 4-hour lessons and a minimum of 20 hours of self-study
- Level 3 and 4: three 4-hour lessons and approx. 20 hours of self-study

Course duration
- Level 1: 8 weeks, 4 days, 4 hours
- Level 2: 8 weeks, 4 days, 4 hours
- Level 3: 7 weeks, 3 days, 4 hours
- Level 4: 7 weeks, 3 days, 4 hours

- Level 1: 6 September - 29 October 2021 
- Level 2: 15 November - 21 jan 2022 (No classes from 18 december 2021 – 2 January 2022)
- Level 3: 7 February - 25 March 2022
- Level 4: 7 April - 8 June 2022


  Fee1 Reduced Fee2   Reduced Fee3
Level 1    €1,740   €1,465 €1010
Level 2 €1,740 €1,465 €1010
Level 3 €1,230 €1,035 €675
Level 4 €1,230 €1,035 €675

1Future EU/EEA-students of the UvA who are enrolled in a Dutch-taught programme are entitled to a partial refund of the course fee on the presentation of  a valid UvA student card for the academic year 2022-2023. The refund for level 1 and 2 is €730; for level 3 and 4 it is €555.
This reduced fee applies to students who enrol in a course that starts within 6 months after having graduated from the UvA.
3This reduced fee applies to UvA students and staff.


Please follow the link below to apply