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Online Dutch

Free online Introduction to Dutch MOOC

International students and professionals who are interested in the Netherlands can register for a free online introductory Dutch course, available world-wide on .Introduction to Dutch, which was developed by the University of Groningen Language Centre, is aimed at prospective students and staff of the University, international professionals who intend to live and work in the Netherlands and people from other countries with an interest in the Dutch language. The course introduces participants to the basics of the Dutch language, and gives background information on the city of Groningen, the University of Groningen and the region as a whole. Registration is free via

Online Dutch courses

Our Online Dutch courses are particularly interesting because there will be plenty of time allotted to practicing productive skills (speaking and writing) and for feedback from the teacher. To practice speaking skills the participants will be given assignments that they can complete in pairs, in small groups or individually. Participants will have direct contact with the teacher for a portion of the assignments. The teachers will give the students feedback about three writing assignments.

Online Independent Study - Rosetta Stone

The Language Centre offers the possibility to independently learn a new language via Rosetta Stone Catalyst. You can use this program to study online as well as offline on any device you prefer. This way you can learn any of our 24 languages whenever and wherever you like!

Academic Communication Skills

The portal 'Academic Communication Skills' offers you support in improving your academic communication skills. You will find simple ‘how-to’ videos and various relevant resources. Academic writing and presenting are key skills required in higher education and therefore require appropriate attention. Some common issues that are address are structuring your information, building a logical argument, writing a paper and presenting a research proposal. The portal has been created to guide you in these matters. Read more


The Language Centre aims to offer high-quality courses. We therefore participate in various local, national as well as international projects to make sure that we continually stay up-to-date with the latest developments and trends in language teaching and language acquisition.  


As a result of the internationalization of higher education in Europe, students and lecturers alike form much more heterogeneous groups than ever before. They speak a wide range of languages and represent many different cultural backgrounds. English has become the foreign language of choice and degree programmes are offered in English more and more, but there is also a renewed interest in learning foreign languages. The IntlUni project aims to map these trends and to identify reference points, in order to to provide quality teaching and facilitate quality learning in the complex new European learning space. Read more about IntlUni


The Language Centre was involved in the Life-long Learning project MAGICC (2011-2014), funded by the Council of Europe. The main aim of this 3-year project was to create modules for the Bachelor's and Master's levels, through which students learn to work in a variety of languages and with different cultures simultaneously, building up skills and competences relevant to the workplace they will find themselves in after their studies. Read more about MAGICC website and/or watch this MAGICC video presentation.

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. MiiG ultimately aims to encourage staff and students who are considering coming to Groningen to actually take that step. Read more about Make it in Groningen

Skype Collaboration Groningen-Padua

Students often wish to practise their speaking skills more regularly, but they are sometimes reluctant to take the initiative to talk with their own classmates in English. This project provides learners of English at the universities of Groningen and Padua with assignments to structure their discussions with other learners at approximately the same language level. Using Skype as the medium for communication, the project lowers the threshold for students to speak English with other learners outside the classroom. Read more about the Groningen-Padua Skype collaboration


Speaking is one of the most difficult skills to master when learning a foreign language. Formal second language and foreign language teaching often does not provide enough opportunity for all learners to practise their oral skills and in online foreign language courses, speaking usually comes second to other language skills such as writing, reading and listening. Together with ICTOL, the Language Centre participates in SpeakApps, a European project that aims to improve speaking production and interaction skills in accordance with the CEFR by means of IT. Read more about SpeakApps

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