Universiteit Maastricht

School of Business and Economics

Language Course - Dutch course

B@sic Dutch – blended learning for beginners (1,5 ECTS)
Are you studying in the Netherlands? And are you interested in learning Dutch but too busy to go to class twice a week? B@sic Dutch could be the solution for you! B@sic Dutch blends self-study with practical language training. During the self-study phase, you practice your grammar and revise class materials, and in class you can ask questions and practise your language skills with the instructor and your fellow students.

The fee for this course is €75. 
For more detailed information about this course please click here.  

Dutch Course for Students NL-9 (3 ECTS)
Would you like to learn Dutch but don’t have time for an intensive course? This course is divided into five modules, all of which focus on speaking, listening and reading skills, with some attention also paid to writing. By the end of module 1 you will be able to carry out everyday tasks in basic Dutch; module 2 will expand on this knowledge, increase your vocabulary and provide further skills practice. Module 3 and 4 are already advanced levels. After level 5, you are advanced enough to take, if you like, the National Exam in Dutch as a Second Language, programme II.
Language of instruction: Dutch. Limited instruction in English as necessary. ECTS: 3.

The fee for each of the five modules is €225.
For more detailed information about this course please click here.  

Please be aware that language courses are not part of the SBE curriculum. Therefore the grade of your course will not be mentioned on your SBE exchange transcript. However, you will receive a separate Proof of Participation from the language center itself. Before you enroll in a language course please contact your home university to find out whether or not they acknowledge the grade/credits earned for a language course. 

If you would like to find more information about language courses, offered by the Language Centre, please visit their website.


In the summer of 2012 (before the start of the academic year) until the beginning of February 2013 there will be Erasmus Intensive Language Courses (EILC) in Dutch for Erasmus students who will do their study abroad in The Netherlands.

Courses vary in length according to your level of language knowledge, but normally last between 3 weeks and 6 weeks.

The EILC is for free but travelling and accommodation are at your own expense. Please note that Maastricht University (UM) does not organize any EILC courses so you will have to opt for an institute in another Dutch city. More information about the organising Dutch institutes is available on the Nuffic webpage.

Please note that you have to apply for an EILC course via your home university. Refer to them for more information about the application procedure and deadline. Maastricht University (UM) does not interfere in the selection process in any kind of way. Acceptance for an EILC course totally depends on the decision of the respective EILC institute.

Erasmus students coming for exchange to UM in the fall semester can apply for EILC summer courses.
Erasmus students coming for exchange to UM in the spring semester can apply for EILC winter courses.

Please check the EILC course periods carefully and make sure to always choose a course that does not interfere with your academic period at SBE (academic calendar 2014/2015), including the compulsory introduction days (fall: 28 & 29 August 2014, spring: 29 & 30 January 2015).

Accepted students will normally receive an extra month of Erasmus grant to partly cover the financial costs. Nevertheless, the decision lies with your home university if they will give you an extra month of grant or not. Moreover, it’s also up to your home university to grant you ECTS for an EILC course or not.

Please note that the official language at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) is English, implying that you are not required to have any knowledge of the Dutch language in order to do your exchange here. All classes at SBE are in English!

There are also language programmes available at ESN. Please visit their website for more information and for registration. (no ECTS )