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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 Summer Course will be organized. You can indicate 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).


  • What to expect from class

    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).

  • Levels

    The Summer Course is taught at Absolute beginners level - Advanced level (CEFR* levels: 0 - B2).

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

    Beginners (A1-A2)
    For those who understand some Dutch, but are incapable of making themselves understood in the language.

    Pre-Intermediate (A2-B1.1)
    For those who:
    - have a global understanding of simple, everyday Dutch; 
    - can make themselves understood in simple, everyday Dutch.

    Intermediate (B1.1-B1.2)
    For those who:
    - have a reasonable understanding of everyday Dutch and of Dutch used in the media;
    - can make themselves understood in simple, everyday Dutch.

    Pre-Advanced (B1.2-B2.1)
    For those who:
    - have a good understanding of everyday Dutch and of Dutch used in the media;
    - can make themselves understood in everyday Dutch, but still make quite a few mistakes.

    Advanced (B2.1-B2.2)
    For those who:
    - have a thorough understanding of everyday Dutch;
    - have a good understanding of Dutch at an academic level;
    - can express themselves in spoken and written Dutch in daily and professional situations.

  • Level Assessment

    In the application form we ask you to indicate the course level that you think suits you best. Before the start 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.

  • 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.

    Detailed information on which book to buy, will be provided during the intake.

    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.

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