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Distance Learning 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

    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, the Winter courses at the INTT will be offered through distance learning in January 2022. 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, yet the course content and learning outcomes have not changed.

  • 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: 10 - 28 January 2022


  • €435 reduced fee UvA students & staff
  • €735 reduced fee for alumni who enrol within six months after graduation from the UvA
  • €860 for all others


Please apply by handing in the online application form.