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Learn Dutch

Depending on the duration of your stay in the Netherlands and your goals, a (certain) command of the Dutch language is important. You will need Dutch to connect to local people and to be part of the Dutch society. Although lots of Dutch people speak English and switch into English as soon as they realize you are not a native speaker, the main language in companies, institutions, schools, sportclubs, cafés, shops or theatres, is Dutch.


The level required in Dutch depends on the position, but an intermediate level (B2 or even C1) is required. This is due to the fact that a lot of rules, regulations, procedures, directions and systems you will work with are mainly in Dutch. Also if you aim for a (non-academic/staff) position at the UG or outside the UG, you need to have a good proficiency in Dutch or be prepared to learn Dutch on a professional level.

Learning opportunities

In Groningen, there are many opportunities to learn and practice your Dutch at various levels with different price options. Based on positive feedback from our member partners, we have come up with a few options that you could take part in. The courses that are offered live at their location strictly follow the RIVM regulations.

The University of Groningen Language Centre

The University of Groningen Language Centre offers Dutch courses at different levels. For choosing the right course for you, you can visit the office hour. Be sure to register with Dual-Career Support before registering for a language course at the Language Centre as partners can get a discount of €75.

The Dutch Language School for Adults (DLSA):

Beginner (A1, A2), Intermediate (A2+) and Advanced (B1, B2) Level. Start: in mid of September (Advanced: October, online.)

The Dutch Language Factory

In cooperation with DLSA : A1/A2 and A2+. Daytime lessons, small groups (4-6 p), on location, according to RIVM regulations: 0 to A2 intensive, O to A1, A1 to A2, and B1. Private lessons are also possible.

The Groninger Forum

Levels: A1, A2, B1, B2. During the day and in the evening, small groups, on location, according RIVM regulations.

Practice your Dutch

  • HR Resources of RUG and Dual Career Support offer weekly conversation meetings ‘Leer Beter Nederlands’ in small groups for Dutch language learners with an A2 level and up. In these meetings you can practice your Dutch in a pleasant way, with a native speaker in a small group. Participants converse about daily life, hobbies, family, children, work, food, sports and so on. The focus lies on speech and pronunciation. Grammar and writing will be kept to a minimum.
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