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Dutch language course

Would you like to learn Dutch because you are planning to work or study in the Netherlands? Then our Dutch language course; Dutch as a second language, is perfect for you. This course prepares you for the official state exam and is officially recognized in the Netherlands and in the rest of Europe.

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Target audience

Do you want to work or study in the Netherlands? Depending on your language level, there are several options to learn the Dutch language. For lower management positions or secondary vocational education we offer courses (level A1 to B2), as well as for higher functions, higher education and university education (level A1 to C2). Being able to speak Dutch is not a requirement to participate in the training. You can also use this program if you are required to integrate in the Netherlands.


For the Dutch language course Dutch as a second language, there is no specific pre-education required. Depending on the level of the course you wish to follow, knowledge of the Dutch language is, or isn’t, needed.


Depending on your need for assistance, there are multiple levels to learn a language. De Laat Knowledge Center works with the Common European Framework of Reference. For the state exam there are two different programs, which educate you to reach level A1-B1 and level A2-B2. There is differentiation between the following

Levels A to C2

Level A – Basic user


When you speak and understand Dutch at A1 level, you can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a certain type. You can introduce yourself and others, and you can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you own. You can interact in a simple manner, provided the other person talks slowly and is prepared to help you.


With a Dutch language course at A2 level, you can understand sentences and frequently used expressions, related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). You are able to communicate about simple and routine tasks, and you can describe aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Level B – Independent user


Have you mastered Dutch at B1 level? Then you can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school and leisure. You are able to produce a text regarding subjects that are confidential or personal. You can also describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.


When you speak and understand Dutch at B2 level, you are able to understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialization. You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible, without any effort for either party. Besides that, you are also able to produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects, and you can explain your viewpoint on a current issue, whilst giving the advantages and disadvantages of various opinions.

Level C – proficient user


As a proficient user of the Dutch language at C1 level, you are able to understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and you can recognize their implicit meaning. You can express ideas fluently and spontaneously, without having to search for expressions. You are able to use the language flexibly and effectively, for social, academic and professional purposes. You are also able to produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns and conjunctives.


When you are able to understand and speak Dutch at the highest level; C2, you are able to virtually understand everything heard or read with ease. You can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Even though Dutch is your second language, you are able to express yourself spontaneously, fluently and precisely. You are also able to differentiate nuance in meaning, even in the most complex situations. This is the language level of a highly educated near-native speaker.


You will take an official state exam at the end of our Dutch language course. There are two state programs. Choose program I (level A1-B1) if you want to perform subject-based activities, or if you want to get an education to perform subject-based activities. Program II (level A2-B2) is the program you should follow if you want to work on a college- or university level, or if you want to get educated on these levels in the Netherlands. Both programs exist out of four components: reading, listening, speaking and writing.

Study load

Approximately six hours per week.

Diploma/certificate Dutch language course

Did you pass the exam? Then you will receive a NT2-diploma. With this diploma you can prove that you understand the Dutch language. DUO, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, takes all the NT2-exams on behalf of the Board Assessment and Examinations (CvTE). Check the CvTE website for more information about the exams. You can also find several mock exams on their website.


Do you want more information about our Dutch language course Dutch as a second language? Please do not hesitate to contact us on 0031-402485582 or info@delaatkenniscentrum.nl.

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