Learn Dutch: Dutch language courses in the Netherlands
Learn Dutch in the Netherlands with this list of Dutch language courses around the Netherlands, including Dutch courses in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht and online.
Those looking to learn Dutch in the Netherlands will find no shortage of Dutch language courses, from beginner to advanced classes, from cultural to conversational Dutch lessons as well as intensive, private, in-company, skype, email and online Dutch courses.
Many expats living in the Netherlands find it essential to take at least some Dutch language courses to integrate successfully, even though many Dutch nationals speak English. Knowledge of Dutch is also key to passing the civic integration course, which many foreigners have to take, and Dutch language classes can vastly improve your prospects for finding a job in the Netherlands.
There are various language schools in the Netherlands to choose from, particularly in the main Dutch cities, with prices ranges depending on the choice of school, Dutch level, intensity, group size and type of class, for example, whether a conversational or business Dutch language course. There are also numerous resources to learn Dutch online.
This guide provides a useful list to learn Dutch in the Netherlands including Dutch courses in Amsterdam, Arnhem, Den Bosch, Eindhoven, The Hague, Haarlem, Leiden, Maastricht, Rotterdam and Utrecht:
- Learn Dutch in the Netherlands
- Dutch courses in Amsterdam and Alkmaar
- Dutch courses in Arnhem and Nijmegen
- Language schools in Den Bosch
- Language schools in Eindhoven
- Language schools in Haarlem
- Dutch courses in The Hague
- Dutch courses in Leiden
- Dutch courses in Maastricht
- Dutch courses in Rotterdam
- Dutch courses in Utrecht
- Learn Dutch online
You can also check which Dutch universities offer Dutch language classes or see Expatica's listings of Dutch language schools. Some major cities in the Netherlands, for example Amsterdam and Eindhoven, offer free Dutch languages courses for eligible students – check if this option is available in your municipality.
There are several renowned language schools in the Netherlands that have a nation-wide presence, typically offering Dutch courses in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and several other main cities.
This internationally known language school offers Dutch language courses at all levels, including group and private instruction. Berlitz also offers affordable and effective Bootcamp Group Courses, organised in partnership with The Student Hotel. Trial lessons take place every week of the year at Berlitz Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Maastricht.
This ISO and CEDEO-certified Dutch language school in the Netherlands offers business language and communication courses. Levels are from beginner to intermediate. Small groups and individual classes are offered. Intensive programmes with certificate upon completion (50 hours in 10 weeks) are also offered.
Locations: Amsterdam, Arnhem, Eindhoven, Enschede, Papendrecht, Rijswijk, Zeist.
Dutch for Expats
Dutch language classes at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels are given weekdays in small groups (6–10 students). Classes cover conversation, grammar, Dutch culture and traditions. Students can attend classes in their offices or have teachers visit their homes or place of work.
Locations: Amsterdam, Delft, The Hague, Leiden, Rotterdam, Wassenaar
Focusing on business Dutch, Language Partners has seven locations in the Netherlands for students and professionals. They also have cultural training for people who would like to understand Dutch culture of their new home in the Netherlands.
Locations: Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Breda, Den Haag, Nijmegen, Rotterdam, Zwolle
Linguarama has offices all over the world and their Dutch languages courses are carefully planned to meet the learning needs of each client. People have a variety of reasons for wanting to learn a language: communicating effectively with colleagues or clients, writing letters, obtaining information, listening to others or conversing socially.
Locations: Amsterdam, The Hague, Soesterberg.
PCI is one of the largest language schools in the Netherlands and provides customised language, business skills and cultural training at all levels. Dutch language courses for business are offered across the Netherlands, as well as in-company or at home. PCI carries out in-company language audits upon request to set language-learning goals by identifying the language, cultural and communication gaps of company employees. Trainings include one-to-one, group, intensive, immersion, distance (Skype, email, telephone and online) and accelerated language learning programmes. Dutch state exam NT2 exam training is offered, with group trainings in the Amsterdam region and major cities across the Netherlands. Teachers are native speakers and the school is ISO 9001 certified.
Locations: 36 locations all over the Netherlands including all major Dutch cities
Taalthuis offers Dutch language classes at several levels and locations in the Netherlands. Their courses include: beginners basic, beginners plus, intermediate, advanced and NT2 State Exam training. Most courses start with an initial intake.
Locations: Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Den Bosch, Den Haag, Haarlem, Hilversum, Leiden and Utrecht
British Language Training School (BLTC)
Intensive Dutch courses are offered at all levels including general and business, in small groups or for individuals. NT2 Exam courses are also offered. Group courses begin throughout the year in January, May and September and all courses can be taken during the day or in the evening.
Dutch Courses Amsterdam
Dutch Courses Amsterdam is one of the highest reviewed language schools in Amsterdam. They offer intensive survival Dutch courses for beginner, intermediate, upper intermediate and advanced students. They offer Dutch courses in Amsterdam for NTS state exam training, private lessons, online lessons through Skype, distance learning through email and business Dutch classes. Students can also take short conversational and informational workshops about the Dutch language and expat life in the Netherlands.
European Language Centre
This centre is a professional training institute with a business focus. Flexible, intensive, tailor-made Dutch courses in Amsterdam are offered either at the institute, or in-company or at home within the Amsterdam region. All levels are taught, from beginner to advanced.
Koentact Dutch Courses for Expats
Koentact offers private and group Dutch courses in Amsterdam in a very central location. The teachers are professional and energetic and focus on a practical approach towards learning. Koentact is known for its field trips, such as its market visit, scavenger hunt and bootcamp events. An open day is held every six weeks where students can check their level of Dutch and participate in a free Dutch trial lesson.
NedLes offers Dutch language courses in Amsterdam for foreign professionals. They have private lessons, corporate lessons and group courses.
Taal, Den Hartog & Zevenbergen
This is a language institute that specialises in teaching Dutch courses in Amsterdam to employees. Dutch language classes accommodate all levels and abilities. Individual, small group and company courses are offered as well as exam training for NT2 II. Instruction is also available in Alkmaar, Haarlem and The Hague.
Talencoach / Dutch Flow Now
Talencoach is a language school in Amsterdam that offers unique Dutch language courses. They offer the popular Dutch Brainwash course, an intensive course that teaches you techniques to learn Dutch fast and start speaking within seven consecutive days. Classes are available for learners from all levels, some in groups and some one-to-one sessions. This language school also has classes for those interested in learning English and other languages.
Contact: Keizersgracht 8, 1015 CN Amsterdam | talencoach.nl
TopTaal is a training institute for learners seeking Dutch courses in Amsterdam. They have a wide range of tailor-made courses, training and programmes for individuals and groups of all levels. Beginners can learn Dutch to pass the Dutch integration (Inburgering) examination or the NT2 Programme I or II State examination within a year. Intake interviews and tests are held to place students together with similar language levels and goals. Other special courses include 'Dutch for Expats' and in-company courses. TopTaal offers accessible and flexible courses, with a choice of daytime or evening classes and multiple locations in Amsterdam and Woerden.
This independent language centre of the University of Amsterdam is located near Weesperplein (in the centre of Amsterdam) and offers tailor-made private courses, as well as group courses. The teachers are friendly, professional and adopt a lively, practical teaching approach. Intensive Dutch and English language courses are offered at all levels every four weeks. NT2 Exam courses are also offered. Evening group courses begin in January, April and October. Total immersion courses are also organised at request (hotel stay and evening meals are optional).
Volksuniversiteit Amsterdam offers a wide range of affordable Dutch courses in Amsterdam for every level. You can choose the pace that suits you best. After level B1, they offer training for the state exams ‘Nederlands als tweede taal’ (NT2 or Dutch as a second language). You can also opt for additional training programmes to improve your writing skills or pronunciation. The school's Dutch language classes are designed to deepen your understanding of Dutch culture along the way. Higher level courses include visits to museums, such as the Amsterdam Museum and the Scheepvaartmuseum (maritime museum).
Learn Dutch Fast
The school offers a variety of intensive Dutch language courses in the Arnhem area, providing a mix of award-winning, powerful, brain-friendly activities that are tailored to the student’s needs.
At STEP, you learn the Dutch language and skills needed to participate in Dutch society. You will be taught at your own pace and at your level, whether you have just arrived in the Netherlands or have lived here longer.
Language Institute Regina Coeli
The Language Institute Regina Coeli is a renowned language school in Den Bosch aimed at helping you communicate better in Dutch. Whether you are a beginner and want to learn the nuts and bolts of the Dutch language or already have solid skills and want to be more persuasive, their team of trainers are happy to create tailor-made Dutch language courses.
easyNL offers Dutch courses in Eindhoven for highly-skilled migrants and foreign knowledge workers. Their programmes vary from group courses, individual courses, in-company training and e-learning.
STE Languages is a language institute in the south-east of the Netherlands and has provided language education in the form of language training programmes, Dutch language courses and workshops for more than 30 years. They are prepare students for the Dutch Staatsexamen programme I or II. They also teach English and German language courses.
Ad Appel Taaltrainingen
Find personalised Dutch language courses in Haarlem for small classes of five students and private lessons. They also have training for students about to take the NT2 Exam in the Haarlem area.
The British School in the Netherlands Language Centre
Find Dutch language courses for adults from level 1–7, starting twice a year (February and September). Day, evening and intensive courses are available. At the completion of level 7, students are eligible to take the NT2 Exam.
Direct Dutch B.V.
Founded in 1985, Direct Dutch has taught Dutch languages classes for more than 30 years. Most students are well-educated, highly motivated people and, according to the school, they learn to speak Dutch within a few months. The school’s methods are used by Berkeley University, California in the US and by the European Commission for its own courses. The atmosphere at the Direct Dutch school in The Hague is described as warm and welcoming. Dutch language lessons combine conversation practice with theoretical training and information about Dutch culture and society. The school offers Dutch language courses at four levels: beginners, intermediate, advanced and NT2 Programma II. They also provide private in-company courses.
TaalNetwerk offers Dutch courses in The Hague alongside a number of courses in other languages, including English, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese and French. They also offer private training and intensive courses.
TaalTaal offers a unique blend of learning, speaking and listening so students can quickly use their new language. Going by the philosophy that a language is best learned in a relaxed yet energetic setting, TaalTaal offers 'All-you-can-talk' sessions to boost your conversation skills. They teach courses for 15 other languages.
Universiteit Leiden Academic Language Centre
The language consultancy is affiliated with the university, but Dutch language classes are open to non-students. Day and evening group courses at all levels are available as well as tailor-made courses. The consultancy also offers acculturation and intercultural management courses.
Find specialised Dutch language courses in Leiden in a central location. Taalservice offers Dutch language courses with small groups, in-person one-to-one Dutch lessons and via Skype, and preparation classes for the NT2 State Exam, Civic Integration Exam and CNaVT certificate.
Talencentrum Universiteit Maastricht
Dutch language courses are available at all levels; for groups, individuals and non-students. Other available courses include NT2 Exam training, Crash Course in Dutch (summer/ winter programmes) and tailor-made Language for Specific Purpose (LSP) courses for professionals, individuals and groups. Courses for beginners are offered for native German, Scandinavian and Afrikaans speakers.
Waterval offers Dutch courses in Maastricht that focus on speaking as the means and goal of their initial teaching. They offer various Dutch language classes for expats looking to learn Dutch for daily use, employment and for those who are taking their inburgering and NT2 exams. They have small classes and also have lessons by appointment.
Business Talen Rotterdam BV
Find tailor-made, individual Dutch language courses at an accredited language institute specialised in business-oriented, private language courses in 20 languages.
Centre for British English
CBE has a full range of Dutch courses in Rotterdam from beginners to preparation for the state examinations (Staatsexamen).
Contact: Haagseveer 62, 3011 DA Rotterdam | www.cbelanguages.nl
ITHA Dutch Language Institute
One of the most comprehensive language schools in Rotterdam, flexible, intensive Dutch language programmes are on offer at all levels and are primarily business focused in ITHA.
Participants who want private Dutch courses in Utrecht are taken to a language laboratory and include beginner to advanced levels. NT2 Exam training is also offered. An instructor is always present to provide materials, answer questions and assist with test taking. CEDEO approved. Also on offer: conversation classes, beginners to advanced, 10 lessons of 1 hour each, once a week. One can attend a free sample class.
Utrecht Language Academy
Utrecht Language Academy offers high-quality Dutch courses at all language levels. Teachers are certified and widely experienced in their field. They have various specialised Dutch language classes, summer courses and exam courses.
Contact: Laan van Puntenburg 2A, 3511 ER Utrecht | www.ulac.nl
Most companies claim to have the best programmes to help you learn Dutch online and retain everything. However, since everyone learns differently, explore the teaching style used by the programme before you buy. Here are a few good Dutch language courses:
Tell Me More Dutch
Rosetta Stone Dutch
Instant Immersion Dutch
Dutch Learning Suite
Spoken World: Dutch
Remember: Some of these titles are pretty costly, ranging from around EUR 35 up to EUR 200.
Dutch lessons online
Almost anything you can buy can be found on the internet for free, so it's possible to learn Dutch online for free or find free Dutch mobile apps to help you practice.
There are plenty of useful and free sites to learn Dutch online, with just a few mentioned below:
- Babbel: this well-known language resource has Dutch language courses accessible online and through a mobile app
- www.taalklas.nl: an online course with videos and exercises
- www.dutchgrammar.com: information and exercises in Dutch grammar
- www.2bdutch.nl: Dutch videos with Dutch subtitles
- www.rotterdam.nl: Rotterdam city also has a language guide
- Duolingo: a free Dutch language app that runs on iOS, Android and Windows phones
The BBC (www.bbc.co.uk) also has a very innovative language section that includes audio files, a very valuable asset when trying to learn a language.
You may also want to buy pocket phrasebooks that will help you get around in the day-to-day grind. They won’t be great at in-depth grammar usage and explanations but they will definitely have useful phrases. It would also be good to have an electronic translator to carry around just in case – Google Translate is quite a useful free app that will often give you an audio as well as written translation.
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