Getting to know (the) Dutch - Entry level - Self-study course

Study phase: 
Bachelor, Master, Premaster
Study method: 
Individually, Online
Time investment: 
Several sessions
Free of charge

This course is open to all pre-arrival bachelor, Master and Premaster students, including exchange students. It’s a self-guided online course. You can follow it at your own tempo while you’re still in your home country and are preparing to come to the Netherlands. When you arrive in the Netherlands, there will be a meet-up session which will take place on location during your orientation period and where you can meet your fellow course participants in person and start building your personal network.

The course is designed to give you an idea of what it’s like to be an international student in the Netherlands, specifically one studying in Utrecht, and will run you through the basic vocabulary needed to survive during your time here, such as navigating the transport in Utrecht and the rest of the Netherlands, where to buy your groceries and other items, and how to find your way around the city on a bicycle.

Not only will you learn enough Dutch needed to impress the locals, you will also gain an idea of what student life in Utrecht is like, and familiarize yourself with the best places to see, eat, and drink before you arrive.

Past participants gave the course a 4.3 out of 5 and noted that because of the variety of learning methods, and the fun way it was taught, they found it much easier to pick up the basic vocabulary than they thought it would be. Others commented that it was especially useful in helping them feel more at home in Utrecht when they first moved.

Topics that will be covered (among others): 

  • Welcome to Utrecht and the University
  • Introducing yourself in Dutch
  • Basic Dutch vocabulary
  • Dutch grammar
  • How to get around: bike, public transportation. 

Practical information

Duration: 16 hours spread over 2 months (July/August).

Course format: Blended, before arrival you will follow the course online. Upon arrival the course will be on location. 

Entry requirements: None. You don't need any prior knowledge of the Dutch language. 

Course provider: Utrecht University (Directorate for Students, Education and Research). 

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