Dutch as a foreign language (NT2) is in the same department as the other Modern Foreign Languages. Most courses consist of 8, 9 or 10 weekly lessons of 3 hours.
The lessons focus on everyday language and its characteristics like listening, speaking, reading and writing. During the classes, you will listen to spoken Dutch on cd, read different types of texts, practise conversation and study the basic grammar rules and spelling.
Knowledge of the Dutch culture is also a substantial part of the course as it will help you adjust to and understand the Dutch way of life.
In order to successfully complete the course, it is necessary to do your homework and assignments for each next lesson (about 5-6 hours per week). If you attended at least 80% of the classes and you make the test(s), you will receive a certificate of the Volksuniversiteit. This is, however, not an official diploma but it will give you access to the next level.
Without a certificate, it is only possible to start on a higher level after an oral (online) intake test. You can make an appointment for a test.
For many years, Volksuniversiteit Den Haag (Institute for Adult Education) has offered courses for foreigners living in The Hague and its surrounding area. Dutch, as well as French and Spanish (amongst others), is one of the languages spoken in the EU membership countries.
The curriculum of Dutch as a foreign language (NT2) consists of five levels. These levels are indicated by codes from the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
Our courses and their corresponding levels:
Beginners 1 (A1)
Beginners 2 (A1)
Semi-intermediate 1 (A2)
Semi-intermediate 2 (A2)
Intermediate 1 (B1)
Intermediate 2 (B1)
Advanced 1 (B2)
Advanced 2 (B2)
Perfect Dutch 1 (C1)
Perfect Dutch 2 (C1)
Perfect Dutch 3 (C1)
These courses are designed for those who have completed a secondary school education in their country of origin. They are also required to have at least some experience in foreign language acquisition.
Please note: A basic knowledge of English is required to attend a beginners 1 or beginners 2 course.