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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).

Distance Learning Classes

In order to reduce 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 the summer of 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 a four hour lesson.

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.


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

Practical information

Target group: UvA students & staff and 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: 7-26 January 2021 (Distance Learning Course only)


  • €425 reduced fee UvA students & staff
  • €730 reduced fee for alumni who enrol within six months after graduation from the UvA
  • €855 for all others


Please download the application form below and send it to