Although you can speak English with practically anyone in Holland, learning Dutch helps you to get to know the country and its culture and society. This will surely help you settle in and open up more oppotunities on the labour market.Understanding and speaking the local language makes everyday activities, such as grocery shopping, going to a restaurant or following the news a little easier and more fun. It will also help you to connect with Dutch students and make new, Dutch friends!

In addition, when looking for an internship, volunteer work or a (part-time) job, knowing Dutch will prove very useful. In some cases it is even a requirement. Even if you start your career in an international company elsewhere, having foreign language skills is always a benefit. 

Language courses in your own country

To find Dutch courses in your home country, you can contact the Dutch embassy or take a look at the website of one of the local Nuffic Neso offices.

Language courses in Holland

Dutch language courses are usually offered at different levels: beginner, intermediate or advanced. There are several ways to go about learning Dutch:

  • ask the university’s international office or language center for information on courses;
  • check the library or council office for brochures on courses;
  • find a language buddy;
  • surf the web for free online resources and courses;
  • take classes at an evening school;
  • follow a course at a higher education institution.

There are special language courses for Erasmus students visiting the Netherlands.

Find language courses by city via this link.

Summer courses to learn Dutch

There are also courses you can take during the summer to learn Dutch. Take a look at the summer courses offered by the Taalunie and see if you are eligible for a scholarship. Note that these courses are intended for advanced students.

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