Dutch for immigrants and expats

The Maastricht University Language Centre offers programmes with varying degrees of intensity that prepare you for the NT2 State Exam, programme II (integration candidates with a higher level of education). If you pass the NT2 exam, you do not need to take the integration exam. You also need the NT2 diploma to gain access to higher education in the Netherlands, among other things.

How does the integration process work?

The Maastricht University Language Centre offers programmes with varying degrees of intensity that prepare you for the NT2 State Exam, programme II (integration candidates with a higher level of education). If you pass the NT2 exam, you do not need to take the integration exam. You need the NT2 diploma to gain access to higher education in the Netherlands, among other things.

Besides the language programmes preparing you for the State Exam, our centre also offers programmes to prepare for other obligatory parts of the integration exam:

  • State Exam Training programme II: you practise for all skill-based parts of the exam, or, if you are resitting the exam, only for those parts which you did not pass before.
  • Knowledge of Dutch Society (Kennis van de Nederlandse Maatschappij, KNM)
  • Dutch Labour Market Orientation (Oriëntatie Nederlandse Arbeidsmarkt, ONA)  

On a regular basis. In addition, the integration programme supervisor will help you in your dealings with DUO (e.g., submitting invoices, applying for the State Exam). 

Blik op Werk-certified

In August 2017, the Language Centre received the final quality hallmark of the Blik op Werk Institute. This means that persons integrating into Dutch society can select language courses and integration courses from the Language Centre’s standard range of products. The Blik op Werk quality hallmark vouches for the basic qualities and reliability of service providers. DUO will only loan you money if you take a language course at a school with the Blik op Werk quality hallmark.

Intake and language level assessment

After the interview, the intake team will suggest a personalised study programme. This programme advice is part of the quote for the programme.

If you agree to the proposed programme and the quote, you will receive a course contract, which contains the terms and conditions applying to your course programme. We kindly ask that you sign and return this contract.

We will also send you an invoice detailing the costs for your course. Please sign this invoice and hand it in at the Language Centre. We will then forward it to DUO.

Programme conclusion

When you have successfully completed all the language modules at the Language Centre you can take the State Exam and the other parts of the exam. The State Exam is organised by DUO. To register for the exam or learn more about it, visit the DUO   website.

Are you required to pass the integration exam?

If you would like to know whether you have to pass the integration exam, please check www.inburgeren.nl. There, you will find all the information you need, including information about how to pay for your integration programme.