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Intensive Dutch Summer Course

The Summer Course is an intensive programme, ideal for those aiming to spend their summer both learning Dutch as well as enjoying their holiday.

Since on-site teaching has been suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis, all courses have been diverted into distance learning courses. Depending on the circumstance at the time of the course it will be decided in which form the Summercourse will be organized. You can notify your preference on the application form.

This three-week, full-time course is taught using a combination of video calling, individual feedback and studying the provided course materials. This course is available at six different levels, from Absolute Beginner (CEFR 0) to Advanced (CEFR B2).

Distance Learning

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 four hour lesson. The lesson will take place as scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 09:00 – 13:00 (CET).

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

Is German your native tongue? Then perhaps the Summer Course For Native German Speakers might be of interest to you.

We offer a similar three-week programme in January: the Winter Course, which is aimed at absolute Beginners (CEFR A1) and Beginners (CEFR A2).


This course is offered at the following levels: Absolute beginners - Advanced (CEFR level: 0-B2).

Practical information

Target group: UvA students and other higher educated foreign language speakers
Class size: Approx. 18 
Language of instruction: Absolute beginners level: Dutch and English / Other levels: Dutch
Hours per week: Four 4-hour classes and between 12-16 hours of self-study.
Course duration: 3 weeks
Period: 9-27 August 2021


  • Reduced fee: €435 for UvA students & staff
  • Full fee: €860