Course

Dutch: B@sic Dutch (students only)

Are you starting your studies at Maastricht University but don’t speak Dutch yet? Then this is the perfect course for you. In seven weeks, you will learn basic Dutch with a focus on speaking and listening skills. During these lessons we will also make use of an interactive, digital environment.

Together with about 16 other participants, you will follow two-hour group lessons. For each lesson you will need to invest 1.5 to 2 hours of independent online self-study. This course consists of two modules. The first module is aimed at beginners, while the second module is suitable for people who already speak very basic Dutch. 

For available times and registration please see the timetable and registration form

NB Places are limited. The registration form shows the actual available groups.

'I would definitely recommend this course to other students! It is really helpful to get a feeling for the Dutch language. The small groups and the variety of exercises make the classes really enjoyable.'

'Language learning is always fun...'

Beginners: level A1minus (Module 1)

This course is for people with no prior knowledge of Dutch. An intake is not necessary. This course represents 1 ECTS.

Once you've completed this module you will be able to:

  • presenting yourself;
  • ask for and provide personal details;
  • talk about daily activities;
  • talk about your hobbies;
  • talk about your family;
  • get around in a shops.

Course material: Start.nl deel 1, ISBN 978-90-469-0566-1, uitgeverij Coutinho; textbook for the group lesson, website for independent study.

* Start.nl provides a personal access code to a website with learning material, so make sure you buy a new book (not second hand). A used access code will not allow you to follow the course material.

Certificate A1min: upon completion of course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Beginners: level A1 (Module 2)

This course is only for students that have passed Module 1 or already know some Dutch and had an intake with one of our staff members. An intake is necessary when you have not followed module 1.

Once you've completed this module you will be able to:

  • inquire about travel and transport;
  • talk about your house;
  • conduct simple discussions in present and future tenses;
  • get around in shops, restaurants and market.

'Of course Module 2! Compared to A1, A2  gets you to a higher level of understanding and speaking Dutch'

'I now can understand written notes and announcements, as well as instructions on the phone, all after just 7 weeks. In addition I made new friends during the course.'

Course material: Start.nl Deel 1. ISBN 978-90-469-0566-1, uitgeverij Coutinho; textbook for the group lesson, website for independent study.

* Start.nl provides a personal access code to a website with learning material, so make sure you buy a new book (not second hand). A used access code will not allow you to follow the course material.

Certificate A1: upon completion of course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Intake and registration

Would you like to meet us for an intake? You can send us an email to languages-intake-NL to make an appointment, free of charge. Please already propose in your mail a date and a time when you come to an intake meeting.The appointment will take place at the Maastricht University Language Centre (Sint Servaasklooster 32).

Please book your intake well before the course is scheduled to begin. This will make it easier to make the appointment, and it is more likely that there will still be an available spot in the module that’s right for you.

NB If you have an overlap with your tutorials after you have received your schedule, please send us an email and we will do our best to put you in another group.

Costs per module

  • first-year UM bachelor and master students (exchange students excluded) : for free
  • other UM students (including exchange students): € 75 per module
  • Hogeschool Zuyd students: € 157 per module

Certificate and ECTS credits

To receive a participation certificate, you need to pass your written and oral tests.

This course represents 1 ECTS, but not all faculties grant ECTS for this course. Please ask your faculty if you would like to know if they grant ECTS for this course or not.