Whether you must take Dutch courses as part of your civil integration (see 'The ins and outs of Dutch Residence Permits'), or simply want to be able to converse with your neighbours and deal with your administration, there are many different options available to help you learn the Dutch language.
If you are required to learn the language you should apply for integration and language courses at your local district, borough, or city hall shortly after registration. Go to the website telefoonboek.nl and search for stadhuis to find a list of town halls in the Netherlands by region. Even if you are not required to learn the Dutch language, you can enroll to do a voluntary inburgering or which makes you a vrijwillige inburgeraar. Hurry up though as of 2014 immigrants will have to pay for these courses which cost from EUR 3000 upwards, depending on the level of the exam you take.
If you want to learn quickly to fit in with your new office environment, you can take one of the many commercial, professional level courses on offer (see our listings), or you can ask your employer if they have an arrangement with any of the language schools in the Netherlands. If they do, not only could a professional level course be subsidised, and therefore cheaper or free, you may get paid time off to take the course.
Many of the universities (see our listings) also offer Dutch language courses, which may be more expensive, but will give you accreditation. Similarly, many adult education institutions also offer Dutch courses, your local district, borough, or city hall should be able to give you a list of those in your area.
And finally, a good option for those around the home during the day, or that want to learn to converse at a easier pace for a small price, check out the local neighbourhood centres, or 'buurthuizen' close to you. A full list should be available from your local district, borough, or city hall.
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