Students

Would you like to improve your Dutch or (academic) English, please contact language institute Babel. They offer courses in other foreign languages, for instance if you want to prepare for an internship abroad or your future career. You may also choose to get individual feedback from the language teachers. Most courses offer a 25% discount if you are a UU student. Have a look at the conditions on http://www.babel.nl/university-utrecht/?lang=en.

* For this course/workshop you can use your voucher. 

Language courses (several courses)

Besides English and Dutch there are ten other languages you can learn at Babel: Arabic, Chinese, German, French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

Costs: may vary for each course

Length and frequency: may vary for each course

Course provider: Babel

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Language courses 'Dutch for foreigners'

Costs: may vary for each course

Length and frequency: may vary for each course

They offer courses for:

  • General Dutch
  • Dutch for State Exam
  • Dutch for German Speakers
  • Dutch for Doctors and Dentists
  • Speech Therapy (how to pronounce Dutch sounds)

Course provider: Babel

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Course ‘Presenting in English’

Costs for UU students: €371,25
(this is already including a 25 % discount. Check the conditions on http://www.babel.nl/university-utrecht/?lang=en)

Length and frequency

  • 2 days
  • This course is offered at a minimum frequency of four times a year

Brief content of the course
The course will focus on various aspects of giving a presentation: 

  • opening
  • closing
  • signposting the organisation
  • referring to visuals
  • handling questions
  • adopting the right body language
  • involving the audience

They will also look at useful language for the different aspects of a presentation in English.

Course provider: Babel

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Online courses - English

Online course: 'Brush up your English – Package'

- This course is not available yet, check their site -

Course fee: € 93,75,-
(this is already including a 25 % discount. Check the conditions on http://www.babel.nl/university-utrecht/?lang=en)

Admission requirement
This package deal is applicable if you have at least level B1 CEF score for the language structures, writing and self-assessment components. To ensure you have the required level,please complete the online English Placement Test from Babel.

Length and frequency:

  • Online course: 3 modules.
  • You will have access to each modules for a period of eight weeks.

Brief content:
The package includes the following modules:

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar; Verb tenses
  • Grammar; Word order, preposition, phrasal verbs, adjectives and adverbs

Each course covers several modules dealing with different language issues and offering a wide variety of language activities to improve your skills.

Course provider: Babel

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Online course: 'Brush up your English – Pronunciation' *

- This course is not available yet, check their site -

Course fee: € 41,25,-
(this is already including a 25 % discount. Check the conditions on http://www.babel.nl/university-utrecht/?lang=en)

Admission requirement
This course is applicable if you have at least level B1 CEF score for the language structures, writing and self-assessment components. To ensure you have the required level, please complete the online English Placement Test from Babel.

Length and frequency:

  • Online course: 1 course of 8 week.
  • You will have access to this course for a period of three months.

Brief content:
Seven modules cover the most important aspects of British English pronunciation.

  • Firstly, you identify the basic sounds in English.
  • Then you can practise several more difficult sounds in words and sentences.
  • Further, you can listen to intonation patterns and conversations
  • Lastly, you compare British and American pronunciation and cover some clear differences.

Course provider: Babel

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Online course: 'Brush up your English – Vocabulary and Common Collocations' *

Course fee: € 41,25,-
(this is already including a 25 % discount. Check the conditions on http://www.babel.nl/university-utrecht/?lang=en)

Admission requirement
This course is applicable if you have at least level B1 CEF score for the language structures, writing and self-assessment components. To ensure you have the required level, please complete the online English Placement Test from Babel.

Length and frequency:

  • Online course: 1 course of 8 weeks.
  • You will have access to this course for a period of three months.

Brief content:
This online course focuses on:

  • Revising your knowledge of vocabulary
  • Analysing strategies for learning and consolidating new vocabulary
  • Learning new expressions and word combinations, more commonly known as collocations
  • Helping you to sound more polite
  • Learning functional language phrases
  • Improving your fluency and boosting your confidence when speaking or writing in English

Course provider: Babel

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Online course: 'Brush up your English – Verb Tenses' *

Course fee: € 41,25,-
(this is already including a 25 % discount. Check the conditions on http://www.babel.nl/university-utrecht/?lang=en)

Admission requirement
This course is applicable if you have at least level B1 CEF score for the language structures, writing and self-assessment components. To ensure you have the required level, please complete the online English Placement Test from Babel.

Length and frequency:

  • Online course: 1 course of 8 weeks
  • You will have access to this course for a period of three months.

Brief content:
Three modules cover the verb tenses focusing on:

  • Present
  • Past
  • Future

Firstly, you identify the tenses from a text, song or dialogue. Then the grammar is explained followed by a variety of different exercises to practise.

Course provider: Babel

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Online course: 'Brush up your English – Word order' *

Course fee: € 41,25,-
(this is already including a 25 % discount. Check the conditions on http://www.babel.nl/university-utrecht/?lang=en)

Admission requirement
This course is applicable if you have at least level B1 CEF score for the language structures, writing and self-assessment components. To ensure you have the required level, please complete the online English Placement Test from Babel.

Length and frequency:

  • Online course: 1 course of 8 weeks.
  • You will have access to this course for a period of three months.

Brief content
Four modules cover:

  • Word order
  • Prepositions
  • Adverbs
  • Adjectives
  • Phrasal verbs

Firstly, you watch a movie, listen to a dialogue or read a text to introduce the grammar point, then the theory is explained, followed by a variety of different exercises.

Course provider: Babel

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Short courses

Course 'Academic Writing: Style' *

Course fee: € 75,-
(this is already including a 25 % discount. Check the conditions on http://www.babel.nl/university-utrecht/?lang=en)

Length and frequency:

Brief content:

  • Formal versus informal English
  • Avoiding wordiness
  • Sentence structure
  • Using a consistent style
  • Other style issues (vagueness,
  • biased language, repetitiveness)

Course provider: Babel

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Course 'Academic Writing: developing vocabulary' *

Course fee: € 75,- 
(this is already including a 25 % discount. Check the conditions on http://www.babel.nl/university-utrecht/?lang=en)

Length and frequency:

Brief content:

  • Vocabulary learning strategies
  • What is academic vocabulary?
  • What is a collocation?
  • Mining texts
  • A personalized vocabulary system

Course provider: Babel

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Course 'Academic Writing: cohesion and clarity' *

Course fee: € 75,-
(this is already including a 25 % discount. Check the conditions on http://www.babel.nl/university-utrecht/?lang=en)

Length and frequency:

Brief content:

  • Dealing with linking words
  • How to make a text
  • intrinsically cohesive
  • Punctuation
  • Adding emphasis

Course provider: Babel

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Course: 'Academic Writing: common pitfalls' *

Course fee: € 75,-
(this is already including a 25 % discount. Check the conditions on http://www.babel.nl/university-utrecht/?lang=en)

Length and frequency:

Brief content:

  • Common grammar mistakes
  • Grammar workshop
  • Common vocabulary mistakes
  • Common style mistakes

Course provider: Babel

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Personal feedback on style and use of language *

Course fee: € 75,-
(this is already including a 25 % discount. Check the conditions on http://www.babel.nl/university-utrecht/?lang=en)

Length and frequency:

Brief content:

You hand in some of your own writing and receive feedback on:

  • grammar
  • style
  • vocabulary
  • strategies for editing your text

Course provider: Babel

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