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Corporate Academy

Discovering the Dutch

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Duration: 10 contact hours in 5 weeks.
Studyload: 2 classroom hours and 2 hours of independent study each week.
Audience: Participants are those who have come to the Netherlands, either professionally or for their study.

'My experience in (the Netherlands) has been amazing, educational, frustrating, active, disappointing, eye-opening, cultural, beautiful and real.'

- Benny Lewis, Irish Polyglot (FI3M)

How can we study, teach and work more effectively with the Dutch? Despite the seeming easy-going and tolerant attitude of the Dutch, outsiders find that the Dutch can be a people of confusing and sometimes frustrating paradoxes: how, for example, to reconcile their directness in contrast to their sense of privacy or their slow decision-making processes in contrast to the strength of their agreements. Discover underlying reasons why the Dutch think, learn, act and interact in the ways they do, while at the same time gaining deeper insight into your own culture.

Your experiences form the foundation for this session. In-depth discussions of issues of your greatest concern assist your discovery of core values about the Dutch. Case studies of challenging situations in different kinds of relationships and organizations extend your repertoire of understanding and interacting with the Dutch. Presentations provide you with a succinct and structured understanding of the most relevant concepts about the Dutch culture derived from research by cultural insiders and experts in intercultural communication.


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Course (duration) Student Discount Full
Discovering the Dutch (10 hours) € 62.50 on demand on demand
Additional Cultural Detective online account: € 35 (for one month)

Min & Max numbers

The minimum number of participants per group is 16; the maximum number of participants per group is 24. Once a group is full you will be placed on the waitlist for a new group. Placement in a group is on a first come, first serve basis, under the condition that you meet the audience specification.

Also available as an intensive weeklong course in the winter or in the summer; also available in the form of a series of individual coaching sessions.

Using a Cultural Detective account in the course

Cultural Detective is a tool that develops intercultural competence while exploring culture-specific differences. The ‘process’ nature of the tool allows for ongoing use, continuous competence improvement, and, most critically, helps prevent stereotyping and encourages meaningful dialogue.

An account allows you access to the Cultural Detective material for one month (€ 35).

Language of Instruction               

The language of instruction during the courses will be English.

Course Material



You will also be using online course material in Nestor, the blackboard learning environment of the University of Groningen.

On Demand/Tailor-made Training

Standard courses for Students, Teachers, Staff and Professionals. with Open Registration courses are those that are planned (generally once a semester) and for which you can register directly online.

We can also fully develop a new course to your specifications, or we can adapt an existing course to your situation. On Demand or Tailor-made courses in Intercultural Competence can be given as one-to-one courses, for small groups or for entire organizations. They can be given in the form of presentations, short workshops, longer trainings or competence development trajectories. More information on On Demand and tailor-made courses

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