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Make it in Groningen

The ‘Make it in Groningen’ (MiiG) project aims to develop a Dutch platform for distance language learners. The project will consist of two parts: an ‘appetizer’ and an online course. The appetizer will introduce students to the Dutch language, the University of Groningen and the city of Groningen, whereas the course component will comprise a basic course in Dutch.


The project is based on the ‘Make it in the Netherlands’ project, which was initiated by Education, Culture and Science Minister Bussemaker and is coordinated by NUFFIC. The project aims to stimulate talented people to come to the Netherlands and build up a long-term relationship with our country. One of the success factors in this is learning the language early on in the process. The University of Groningen aims to promote the University and the city to foreign staff and students, for example by enabling them to learn Dutch at an early stage.


MiiG ultimately aims to encourage staff and students who are considering coming to Groningen to actually take that step.  

Project components

The project will have two components:

  1. An ‘appetizer’, which will enable people to familiarize themselves in advance with the city of Groningen, the University of Groningen and the Dutch language. This ‘appetizer’ will take the form of a website with introduction videos about Groningen and the University and a language introduction in the form of audio, video, text and a quiz. This website will also be linked to the Language Centre’s Facebook page.
  2. An online Dutch course in Futurelearn. This free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will enable students to learn Dutch up to CEFR level A1.

The project is expected to be up and running by June 2015.

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