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The University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Dutch Language Education (INTT) offers semi-intensive Dutch language courses (six levels) to international UvA students and staff, as well as to other highly educated foreigners. The Semi-Intensive course is the most popular INTT course. The course is taught through two lectures per week and takes six weeks in total, so it can easily be combined with a job or a study programme. The Semi-intensive programme is offered four times per year, at six different levels ranging from Absolute Beginners (CEFR 0) up until Advanced (CEFR B2).

Would you rather only have one lecture per week? Please have a look at our Extensive Dutch language course. Please note that this course is only offered at Absolute Beginners (CEFR A1) and Beginners (CEFR A2) levels.

  • What to expect from class

    Classroom activities

    The course activities are founded on various tasks. These tasks are functional, and 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.

    Optional: Distance Learning Classes (only for Absolute Beginners, Beginners and Pre-Intermediate)

    Next to classes on location, the INTT offers a few online groups for the Absolute Beginners, Beginners and Pre-Intermediate levels for those who prefer to take distance learning classes. The distance learning classes will take place in the evening on Monday and Thursday, from 18:30-21:30. For these classes, a stable internet connection and the option for video calling are mandatory.

    A distance learning lesson consists 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 three hour lesson.

  • Levels

    The Semi-Intensive 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

    Before the beginning 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.

  • Textbooks

    The textbook and weblicense of the method of CODE+ is used in class for all levels.

    • Absolute Beginners 
      Heijne, N.C. e.a., CODE+ deel 1 | 0‐A1, Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, Thieme Meulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. (textbook + web license).
    • Beginners
      Heijne, N.C. e.a., CODE+ deel 2 | A1‐A2, Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, Thieme Meulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. (textbook + web license).
    • Pre Intermediate and Intermediate
      Heijne, N.C. e.a., CODE+ deel 3 | A2‐B1, Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, Thieme Meulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. (textbook + web license).
    • Pre Advanced and Advanced
      Heijne, N.C. e.a., CODE+ deel 4 | B1‐B2, Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, Thieme Meulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. (textbook + web license).
  • Terms and Conditions

    The course fee covers access to the UvA computers and Canvas, the digital learning environment at 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 parts 1 - 4.

    Students can apply for either an online or on campus course. A combination of online and on location classes is not possible. 

    When there are fewer than ten applicants for a group, the group will be cancelled. Those who have already paid the course fee will naturally be completely refunded.

    A refund is only possible if a written cancellation (by letter or by email) is received at least four weeks before the start of the course. A 10% administration charge will be deducted from each refund.

    If environmental conditions change throughout the course term and on-campus classes are no longer viable, INTT will move to totally online classes to allow you to continue the course.

Practical information

Target group: Higher educated foreign language speakers
Class size: Approx. 16
Language of instruction: Absolute beginners: Dutch and English / Other levels: Dutch
Hours per week: Two 3-hour classes and around 6 hours of self-study
Course duration: 6 weeks


Morning groups: Monday and Thursday 9:30 - 12:30 & Tuesday and Friday 9:30 – 12:30 (not available for (pre) Advanced or distance learning classes) 

Afternoon groups: Tuesday and Friday 15:00 – 18:00 (not available for (pre) Advanced or distance learning classes)

Evening groups: Monday and Thursday 18:30 – 21:30 (all levels)


9 September - 18 October 2024

4 November - 13 December 2024

10 February - 21 March 2025

April - May 2025


€375 reduced fee for UvA students & staff

€640 reduced fee for alumni who enroll within six months after graduation from the UvA

€710 for all others