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Intensive Dutch Winter Course

The Winter Course is a three-week, full-time programme that can be taken at the Absolute Beginners (CEFR A1) or at the Beginners (CEFR A2) level. In three weeks, with 16 contact hours and 16 homework hours per week, the student obtains knowledge of the basics of the Dutch language.

We offer a similar three-week programme in August: the Summer course, which can be taken at all levels 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 multimedia, the teacher provides learners with opportunities to develop the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

    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).

  • Levels

    This course is designed for Absolute Beginners and Beginners (CEFR* levels: 0-A2).

Practical information

Target group: UvA students & staff, as well as other higher educated foreigners
Class size: Approx. 18 
Language of instruction: Absolute beginners level: English and Dutch / Beginners level: Dutch
Hours per week: Four 4-hour classes and 12-16 hours of self study
Course duration: 3 weeks
Period: 8 - 26 January 2024


  • €465 reduced fee UvA students & staff
  • €755 reduced fee for alumni who enrol within six months after graduation from the UvA
  • €880 for all others


Please apply by handing in the online application form.