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UG Language Centre to be first official TOEFL test centre in the Northern Netherlands
Posted on:21 September 2023

As of September, the University of Groningen Language Centre is a recognized ETS Certified Test Administrator Services (CTAS) centre and is authorized to administer the official TOEFL iBT® and GRE® Tests. This makes the University of Groningen the only institution in the Northern Netherlands to administer those tests.

A few days left to register
Posted on:12 September 2023

Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish courses about to start!

UG’s Language Centre uses research into healthy ageing for courses
Posted on:28 August 2023

Recent research has shown that learning a foreign language can delay the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and prevent or reduce feelings of depression in later life. To further research these results, the Bilingualism and Aging Lab (BALAB) was founded at the UG. Seyit Gök, department head of the English section of the Language Centre, is a member of BALAB. Observing the positive effects that the language course had on the participants, he decided to bring the research into practice by offering language courses to people aged 60 and above.

New languages in our course range: 한국어 en Português!
Posted on:13 July 2023

We are expanding our course range with beginner courses in Korean and Portuguese. Have you always wanted to learn one of these languages? Then sign up for a course at the University of Groningen Language Centre today!

Hanna Végh has won the Gerrit Krol Award 2023!
Posted on:15 June 2023

The third edition of the Gerrit Krol Award has been won by Hanna Végh with her essay Taal als breekijzer (language as a crowbar). As a reward she will receive a monetary prize of €2,000 and her essay will be published on the literary blog Tzum. The jury considers her essay captivating, directional, and very convincing.

Which language course will you take this summer?
Posted on:08 June 2023

In June, July and August, we again offer plenty of summer courses! You can enrol for Dutch, Italian, Spanish and English courses. Check out our full summer offer now and register.

Genomineerden Gerrit Krolprijs bekend!
Posted on:05 June 2023

Uit alle inzendingen voor de derde editie van de Gerrit Krolprijs heeft de jury drie essays genomineerd. De genomineerde studenten zijn: Tobias Postma, Emke Sijtsma en Hanna Végh! Op woensdag 14 juni 2023 wordt de winnaar bekendgemaakt tijdens de feestelijke prijsuitreiking.

Summer schedule Dutch courses
Posted on:03 May 2023

In the period from June until August, the Language Centre offers intensive Dutch summer courses. Check out our range of summer courses !

New: English for healthy ageing
Posted on:18 April 2023

In light of the research available on the impact of language learning on geriatric diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, the University of Groningen Language Centre will initiate language courses specifically developed for people over the age of 60 in 2023. This project will be executed in collaboration with BALAB and the Municipality of Groningen.

Gerrit Krol Award: write the best essay and win € 2,000!
Posted on:04 April 2023

Will you write the best Dutch essay on the theme 'De taal als breekijzer'? Then you are the winner of the Gerrit Krol Award! The Language Centre and the study of Dutch Language and Culture at the UG cordially invite you to enter the third edition of the Gerrit Krol Award essay competition.

Apply for the Summer School on Intercultural Competence
Posted on:22 March 2023

Do you help others develop their intercultural competence? And do you want to further your ability to engage with cultural diversity in your classroom? Then the Summer School on Intercultural Competence is for you.

Schedule Dutch courses
Posted on:17 March 2023

Would you like to learn Dutch or improve your Dutch language skills? Check out the course range for the coming period below and sign up.

Language and Culture Database
Posted on:09 March 2023

Now easily check which language and intercultural skills are expected in your job!

Language Lovers' Discount
Posted on:23 January 2023

Do you love languages as much as we do? Then this is your lucky week! Welcome to another Language Lovers’ Week! Let us surprise you every day with fun language tips and facts in your inbox via our newsletter. Subscribe here for this newsletter so you won’t miss it.

Language courses in March and April
Posted on:19 January 2023

Would you like to learn a new language or improve your language skills for study, work, or simply because you enjoy it? As from March, you can take courses in 7 different modern foreign languages at the Language Centre! Check out the course range for the coming period and sign up.

‘Blik op Werk’ quality label extended
Posted on:18 January 2023

Language Centre retains Blik op Werk quality label

Develop your intercultural skills during our Summer School for students!
Posted on:11 January 2023

Are you interested in culture and intercultural communication? Do you want to communicate effectively with people from other cultures? If so, the Summer School on Intercultural Competence could be for you!

Schedule English courses
Posted on:21 December 2022

Registration for a wide range of new English courses in 2023 at the Language Centre has just opened. To celebrate, we are offering a temporary 15% discount on these courses! You can use the promotion until 9 January 2023. Will we see you at the Language Centre in 2023? Check out the offer and register!

Intensive winter courses
Posted on:08 December 2022

Kick 2023 off to a good start by following an intensive language course in January! We are offering intensive courses in Dutch, English, German, Italian, and Spanish, in which you will become fully immersed in the language in just two or three weeks. Check out the course range and sign up!

UG's MOOC Introduction to Dutch in Class Central worldwide top 100
Posted on:10 November 2022

The University of Groningen's MOOC Introduction to Dutch ranks number 13 in the top 100 of most popular MOOCs of all time. A significant achievement for the UG’s Language Centre development team.

Language Centre learning method brings humour to the classroom
Posted on:01 November 2022

This summer, the fourth edition of the Nederlands in Actie textbook was published. The authors are Dutch teachers Berna de Boer, Margaret van der Kamp, and Simone Pentermann of the University of Groningen Language Centre. For years, our teachers have been enjoyably and successfully writing Dutch textbooks for non-native Dutch speakers in various compositions. Nederlands in Actie is part of an extensive learning trajectory that is used throughout the Netherlands. The first lessons using this new book have already been taught. Based on reviews submitted to publisher Coutinho, it seems that the book has been well-received by both teachers and course participants.

Take a Spanish, English, or Dutch course in November
Posted on:25 October 2022

Spanish, English, and Dutch courses will start in November at the Language Centre. Take a quick look to see if there is something to your liking, and sign up!

Apply for the Winter School on Intercultural Competence
Posted on:19 October 2022

Do you help others develop their intercultural competence? And do you want to further your ability to engage with cultural diversity in your classroom? Then the Winter School on Intercultural Competence is for you.

Gratis webinar: Een alinea schrijven
Posted on:03 October 2022

Deze week is het de Week van het Nederlands! Om dat te vieren delen we een gratis korte webinar met u.

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