Language schools in the Netherlands

Language schools in the Netherlands

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The major Dutch cities have plenty of language schools to help you learn Dutch. Additionally, there are online options and Dutch language packages to study at home.

For those living in the Netherlands it is essential to learn the Dutch language in order to integrate successfully. Additionally, knowledge of the Dutch language is a key part of the civic integration course that most foreigners will have to pass, and can also help your job progress if you're working in the Netherlands. There are many language schools in the Netherlands to choose from, particularly in the main Dutch cities.

Language schools with a national presence

Berlitz Schools of Languages B.V.
This established international language school has courses available at all levels including group, semi-private and individual instruction, daytime or evening. A total immersion programme is also available.
Cost: Upon contacting the school.
Locations: Amsterdam, The Hague, Maastricht and Rotterdam

Elycio Talen
An ISO and CEDEO certified language school that 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 ten weeks) are also offered.
Cost: Upon contacting the school.
Locations: Amsterdam, Arnhem, Papendrecht, Rijswijk, Zeist. |

Dutch for Expats
Dutch classes at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels are given weekdays in small groups (6-10 students). Classes cover conversation, grammar, Dutch culture and traditions.
Cost: From EUR 330 for a 10-week course (1.5 hours per week)
Locations: The Hague, Rotterdam, Wassenaar
+31 (0) 70 514 0225 | |

Linguarama Nederland
Linguarama programmes 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.
Cost: Upon contacting the school.
Locations: Amsterdam, The Hague, Soesterberg.
+31 (0) 70 364 5838 | |

Language schools in Amsterdam/Alkmaar

Koentact Dutch Courses for Expats
Koentact is located in the city center of Amsterdam and offers private courses and group courses. The teachers are professional and energetic and focus on a practical approach towards learning Dutch. Koentact is famous for its Field Trips (e.g. Market visit, Scavenger Hunt, Bootcamp). An Open Day takes place every six weeks where students can check their level of Dutch and participate in a free Dutch trial lesson.
Cost: From 375 euro for a 5-weeks course (31 hours)
Contact details: Elandsgracht 70 (Jordaan area), Amsterdam
+31 (0) 207371616 | |

British Language Training School (BLTC)
Intensive language courses are offered at all levels including general and business, small groups and individual. 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.
Cost: Course of 25 lessons (2 hours each) costs EUR 510
Contact details: Oxford House, N.Z. Voorburgwal 328 E, 1012 RW Amsterdam
+31 (0) 20 622 3634 | |

European Language Centre
This centre is a professional training institute with a business focus. Flexible, intensive tailor-made courses within the Amsterdam region are offered either at the institute, in-company or at home. All levels are taught, from beginner to advanced.
Cost: To be confirmed upon contacting the school.
Contact details: Hogehilweg 15, 1101 CB Amsterdam Zuidoost
+31 (0) 20 609 7970 | |

PCI Languages
PCI provides customised language, business skills and cultural training at all levels. Courses are offered across the Netherlands as well as in-company or at home and 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.
Cost: Upon contacting the school.
Contact details: Bachlaan 43, 1817 GH Alkmaar
+31 (0) 72 512 1190 | |

Taal, Den Hartog & Zevenbergen
This is a language institute that specialises in teaching Dutch as a second language. Courses 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.
Cost: Course of 10 lessons (90 mins each) cost EUR 900 with discounts available for multiple bookings.
Contact details: WG Plein 566, 1054 SJ Amsterdam
+31 (0) 20 685 1562 | |


TopTaal is a Dutch language training institute with a wide range of tailor-made courses, training and programmes for individuals and groups of all levels. Beginners can progress sufficiently 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 in order to make sure that all module participants have the same language and educational level and the same final goal. This allows our qualified teachers to use the most efficient and effective work method. Special courses such as Dutch for Expats and in-company courses are offered as well. TopTaal is an accessible and flexible partner with a choice of daytime or evening classes and multiple locations in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Woerden.
Cost: Upon contacting the school.
Contact details: +31 (0) 20 716 36 90 | |

UvA Talen
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).
Cost: Group course of 20 lessons (two hours each) costs EUR 595
Contact details: Roetersstraat 25, 1018 WB Amsterdam
+31 (0) 20 525 4637 | |

Language schools in Arnhem

Learn Dutch Fast
The school offers a variety of intensive Dutch language courses containing a mix of award winning, powerful, brain-friendly activities that are tailored to the student’s needs.
Cost: Group Total Immersion course lasting 5 days is EUR 925.
Contact details: Graaf Florislaan 54, 1405 BW  Bussum
+31 (0) 35 692 3960 |

Language schools in The Hague

The British School in the Netherlands Language Centre
Dutch language courses for adults, offers courses from level 1 – 7, starting twice a year (February and September). Day, evening and intensive courses available. At the completion of level 7, students are eligible to take the NT2 Exam.
Cost: A 25-hour beginners course costs EUR 365
Contact details: Vrouw Avenweg 640, 2493 WZ Den Haag
+31 (0) 70 315 4080 | |

Direct Dutch B.V.
Founded in 1985, Direct Dutch has been teaching Dutch to foreigners for a quarter of a century. Most students are well-educated, highly motivated people and, according to the school, they learn to speak and write Dutch within a few months. The school’s methods are used by Berkeley University, California in the United States 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. 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.
Cost: Beginners course of 40 hours costs EUR 695.
Contact details: Laan van Nieuw Oost-Indië 275, 2593 BS The Hague
+31 (0) 70 365 4677 | |

Language schools in Haarlem

ISLA Languages
Courses include group and individual lessons, all levels from beginner to advanced and intensive or extensive. Instructors are also willing to give courses at corporate locations. Also offered are culture courses and NT2 Exam training.
Cost: Upon contacting the school.
Contact details: Uit den Bosstraat 14, 2012 KL Haarlem
+31 (0) 23 532 3610 | |

Language schools in Leiden

Academic Language Centre
Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311 BD Leiden
Tel: +31 71 527 2332
Fax: +31 71 527 2794

Universiteit Leiden
The language consultancy is affiliated with the university, but Dutch language courses 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.
Cost: A beginners’ class for non-university students is EUR 680.
Contact details: Inter Consultancy Bureau Leiden University, Rapenburg 63, 2311 GJ Leiden
+31 (0) 71 527 2225 | |

Language schools in Maastricht

Talencentrum Universiteit Maastricht
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 & Afrikaans speakers.
Cost: A course of 14 sessions (2 hours per day) costs EUR 460
Contact details: Sint Servaasklooster 39, 6211 TE Maastricht, Postbus 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
+31 (0) 43 388 3950 | |

Language schools in Rotterdam

Business Talen Rotterdam BV
Tailormade, individual course at an accredited language institute specializing in providing business-oriented, private language courses in 20 languages.
Cost: Upon request.
Contact details: K.P. v.d. Mandelelaan 72, Rotterdam
+31 (0) 10 458 1550 |

Centre for British English
Full range of Dutch courses from beginners to preparation for the state examinations (Staatsexamen).
Cost: A 22-hour course costs EUR 390.
Contact details: M.L.Bellaar Spruijt, Meent 106, Rotterdam
+31 (0) 10 282 7820 |

ITHA Dutch Language Institute
Flexible, intensive Dutch language programmes are on offer at all levels and are primarily business focused.
Cost: 8-week beginners course (2 hours per lesson) costs EUR 480.
Contact details: Mathenesserlaan 253, 3021 HD Rotterdam
+31 (0) 10 425 4579 | |

Language schools in Utrecht

Babel Talen
Private individual lessons are given in a language laboratory and include beginner to advanced levels. NT 2 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.
Cost: An 18-hour course costs EUR 145
Contact details: Nieuwegracht 94, 3512 LX Utrecht
+31 (0) 30 227 0008 | |

Capita Language Services BV
Capita Language Services is a CEDEO approved institute that offers tailor- made “Dutch for Expats” language programmes with a business focus for individuals and groups.
Cost: Estimated cost for 30 hours of tuition is EUR 1,395.
Contact details: De Hoogt 2-4, 3951 KB Maarn
+31 (0) 34 343 1303 | |

Online and personal language courses

Computer software
Most companies to have the best programme out there to learn Dutch quickly and retain everything. However, since everyone learns differently, explore the teaching style used by the programme before you buy. Here are a few good language software titles.

  1. Tell Me More Dutch

  2. Rosetta Stone Dutch

  3. Instant Immersion Dutch

  4. Dutch Learning Suite

  5. Spoken World: Dutch

  6. Hello-Hello World

  7. Pimsleur Comprehensive

  8. Transparent Language

Remember: Some of these titles are pretty costly, ranging from EUR 32 all the way to EUR 150.

Useful websites
Almost anything you can buy can be found on the Internet for free, so don’t be afraid to look around.
There are plenty of useful and free sites you can use to help you progress. Here are a few: an online course with videos and exercises. information and exercises in Dutch grammar. Dutch videos with Dutch subtitles. Rotterdam city also has a language guide:

And don’t forget, the BBC ( actually has a very innovative product that also 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.


Updated: November 2014.
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8 Comments To This Article

  • Cerine posted:

    on 27th August 2015, 14:11:11 - Reply

    I wish I found this site first. I took up lessons with a lady from Alles is Taal (The Hague), and she is a terrible teacher also a fraudster. She proposed that I pay for a 10 hour lesson block but she stopped coming for class after 2 lessons, always with filmsy excuses of family health problem, when I discovered she took up another job on the day of our lesson and hence she could not come for class. Now I'm terminating my lessons with her. I asked for a refund for those unused hours of lessons and she is refusing to refund me for my money, claiming she has no money to return me and has to wait to get paid! She is not answering my calls or emails either. This is terrifying and infuriating. I would not recommend her service.

  • Jozef posted:

    on 26th January 2015, 11:40:10 - Reply

    I would also recommend as a great resource to start learning Dutch.
  • kwakernaak posted:

    on 17th January 2015, 16:36:29 - Reply

    I would like to add Suitcase talen in Almere. This small school (since 1995) offers group courses for highly educated people. Courses prepare for the Civic Integration Exam as well for the State Exams, but the school is also popular amongst highly skilled migrants who want to learn Dutch for social contacts and work progress. You can find us at
  • Vesna posted:

    on 8th April 2014, 14:05:57 - Reply

    Robin F. You are talking about Nova College in Haarlem? I tried to apply there for a dutch course but they wouldn't help me. I was rejected because according to them i have to have social and unemploiment help plus geemente haarlem as to send me there. I called geemente in Haarlem and told me, they don't do that anymore and i have to go directly. What do i do?
  • Masterclass English Rotterdam posted:

    on 26th October 2013, 10:35:41 - Reply

    I would like to ad our English language school in Rotterdam to this list. We offer courses in 18 different levels in English in Rotterdam and are the only recognized Cambridge Exam Centre in the region of Rotterdam. You can find us at
  • Chris Kirk posted:

    on 8th August 2013, 14:15:17 - Reply

    I would like to recommend TaalNetwerk in The Hague, where I learned Dutch during 6 months. I now speak Dutch pretty much fluently. I really loved their Dutch language courses: there was a good pace (not too fast and not too slow), quite a lot of conversation, and their teachers were very friendly and skilled. I am now actually considering also signing up for one of their Spanish courses! Link to their website:
  • Robin F. posted:

    on 30th January 2013, 18:35:34 - Reply

    Euro for Euro...I felt the volwassenenonderwijs (adult education) I received at Nova College in Haarlem was fantastic! Because there were students from all over the world, instruction was based entirely in Dutch. This was an extremely affordable option, and I learned Dutch very quickly with this method.
  • Bart Berman posted:

    on 30th January 2013, 14:53:22 - Reply

    As for Den Haag, I would like to mention Ms. N. Menke, whose website is Individual lessons, experienced teacher, nice athmosphere.