Dutch: medical Dutch, online

Have you obtained the bachelor ITM degree at Maastricht University, but not completed your secondary education in the Dutch language, and you would like to follow a medical master’s degree in Dutch (which is exclusively open to students with a bachelor's degree in Medicine from Maastricht University)? If so, you will have to follow a course in medical Dutch, in addition to passing the NT2 State Exam of Dutch as a second language, programme II (Staatsexamen NT2, programma II). If you wish to follow a course at your own pace and at times that are convenient for you, our course with online coaching could be what you’re looking for.  

Course description

This course, along with the NT2 exam, is part of the Dutch proficiency level requirements for the master in Medicine in Dutch language for students who have obtained the bachelor ITM degree at Maastricht University, but not completed their secondary education in the Dutch language. For more information about the other requirements, please contact askFHML. You will focus on both speaking and writing skills.

You will study independently with the book ‘Hoe zit het met staan?’ under the guidance of a coach who will work with you through Skype. You will be able to decide with your coach when your online sessions will take place.

During your Skype sessions, you will:

  • be able to ask questions and get clarifications about grammar and vocabulary
  • practise role playing, as it appears in the book
  • give a presentation about a medical topic of your choice

In addition to 10 Skype sessions with your coach, which will last 15 minutes each, you will need to complete about 60 hours of independent study.

After the fifth and the tenth Skype sessions, you will hand in a written assignment, for which you will receive feedback from your coach.

Course material:

Hoe zit het met staan?, L.M. Bekedam & Palenstein Helderman-Susan, L.H.M., ISBN 9031346136 / ISBN 9789031346134

(available at Randwyck, reference number:SL W 18.GN4)


This course is for non-native Dutch speakers who wish to follow a medical master’s degree. To be able to register to this course, your Dutch must be at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The CEFR provides a set of descriptors that can help you gauge your level of proficiency in any given language. To determine your current or target level, please download the PDF Levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (0.48MB).


If you wish to register for this course, please contact us at your-language-course[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl to schedule an intake meeting. The meeting will take place at the Maastricht University Language Centre. If you have passed the Staatsexamen NT2 programme 2 already you do not have to come to an intake meeting.

You can start the course at almost any time of the year. Your coach will set up a schedule with you, according to your needs and availability.


  • UM students: €225
  • External participants: €267

Certificate and ECTS credits

After completing the course you will receive a certificate. This course is considered to be worth 2 ECTS depending on faculty policy.