Dutch Beginners A1

Dutch beginners A1 is our Dutch course for international students, aimed at giving you the basics for everyday conversation. This allows you to get to know the Dutch and their culture, no doubt enhancing your stay in this country.

The course takes place over one semester, divided into two periods. You should count on around 60 hours of work in period A/C and 80 hours in period B/D. We encourage you to read the book Dealing with the Dutch for some background; it takes about 15 hours of pleasant bedtime reading.

Useful to know

Start date September, February
Number of ECTS 5 Dutch Education System
Programme level Beginner
Programme code DUTBEGA1-SEM1 (autumn), DUTBEGA1-SEM2 (spring)
Language of instruction English/Dutch
Location Utrecht Science Park

Course content

What do you need to enter this programme? And what can you expect when you apply? In this section you'll find all you need to know!

This is a beginners course in the Dutch language, focused on its every-day use. You'll be required to actively participate in class, and of course practice in real life! While this short course won't make you fluent, after completion you will be able to hold everyday conversations, understand signs in the public space and write short notes.

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme coordinator, Ellen Tiekstra.

Period A (or C)

Twice a week, you have a two-hour class. Additionally, you need approximately four hours per week for homework/self-study.

Period B (or D)

You will still have a two-hour class twice a week, but you should count on more time for self-study, tests and revision than in the first period.

Each chapter finishes with an in-class test, which means you'll have two to three tests each period. Revising your vocabulary and grammar takes approximately six hours in total. You will have a final oral exam at the end of the course.

In our Course Guide you can find all relevant information about the programme in one practical document. Download it here for your convenience.

There are no entry requirements for this programme.

English CEFR level B2.

Please note: You may be asked to take a language assessment test before the start of the programme. If your English language skills are below the required level, you may not be able to enter the course, as you need to be able to actively participate in (parts of) the programme. In all cases, the programme manager makes the final decision.

Practical information

When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live, how much are the costs? Visit the practical information site. Read here for more info about how to arrange housing. A student living in the Netherlands needs about € 800 - 1000 a month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation. This includes insurances – health insurance is mandatory.

Find out how to apply

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Why choose HU?

  • Direct practical application

    The programme uses a communicative approach, meaning you get a lot of practice time in class, and are encouraged to apply your new-found knowledge to your interactions with the Dutch. With each lesson, your confidence will grow!

  • Inspiring international setting

    HU supports your ambitions. Our lecturers will tutor and assist you in making the most of this international programme. During your time in Utrecht, you will meet students from all over the world and make connections to last a lifetime.

  • Utrecht Science Park Campus

    Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht means you get to enjoy all the benefits of our modern campus, Utrecht Science Park (USP). A miniature city with the universities' buildings, student housing, restaurants, cafés, a sports centre, and much more, it enjoys excellent transport links to Utrecht and beyond.

  • Vibrant university city Utrecht

    Beautiful Utrecht has lots of young people and excellent facilities for student life. It has a mediaeval city centre which is small enough to explore by foot or bicycle. Enjoy a drink next to the quaint canals or dine in one of the converted wharf cellars.

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