Beginners Dutch course - part 2 (A1- → A1+)

Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
Course Level

Would you like to improve your comprehension of Dutch and express yourself better? This course will help you expand your vocabulary and knowledge of grammar, and develop your reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. In a small class of up to 18 students and under the guidance of a qualified trainer you will advance in your learning quickly and effectively.

This course follows on Beginners Dutch course - part 1. It is designed for beginners with some prior knowledge of Dutch. In a pleasant and supportive learning environment, using a wide variety of interactive exercises, we’ll work on your Dutch language skills, grammar and vocabulary. You’ll make your first sentences using the past tense and learn more about travel and leisure in the Netherlands.

The course will help you:

  • build elementary vocabulary.

  • improve your grammar (word order, past perfect, comparative, pronouns).

  • develop your speaking skills (pronunciation, responding, conversations).

  • train your writing skills (spelling, emails, simple texts).

  • improve your comprehension of spoken Dutch.

  • improve your comprehension of written Dutch.

The Babel institute is situated in a monumental building in the centre of Utrecht. We encourage you to explore this beautiful part of the Netherlands in your free time and practise your newly acquired skills with Dutch locals.

Registration information: registration closes four weeks before the start of the course. You can apply via this website. If you have taken the placement test and your level matches, Babel will accept your application and you will receive an invoice.

Beginners Dutch course - part 2 (A1- → A1+)_0.pdf
Course director
Maud Beersmans

Target audience

This course is suitable for people who have reached CEFR level A1-. To check your level, you will need to take the Babel placement test. This test consists of two parts: multiple choice questions and writing tasks. A teacher will assess your language skills. On the basis of your test result, you will be advised on a suitable course.

Aim of the course

This course aims to improve your Dutch language skills up to CEFR level A1+. At the end of the course you are able to: 

  • understand and use commonly used expressions and basic phrases.

  • request and exchange information for simple and routine matters.

  • have simple conversations, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly.

Study load

  • Total study load: 50 hours
  • Contact hours: 27 
  • Hours of self-study at the institute: 12 
  • Homework: 11 


Course fee:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School

Additional information

The housing costs include housing, plus a Utrecht Summer School sleeping bag, for you to keep. This sleeping bag also includes an inflatable pillow and matrass cover. If you wish to bring your own bedding, please contact us, so we can give you a € 50 discount on the housing fee. Please note that you cannot buy individual bedding items. 

Contact details


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
14 July 2024