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Language courses Dutch Dutch for native speakers of German

Dutch Language Courses for Native Speakers of German

General information

The Language Centre of the University of Groningen (UG) offers Dutch language courses that have been specially developed for native German speakers.

Due to the similarities between German and Dutch, native German speakers are often able to learn the Dutch language faster than non-Dutch speakers with other mother tongues. In the course material and during the lessons, various similarities between German and Dutch are discussed. Dutch language rules that pose few challenges to German speakers are discussed only briefly, while rules that are more difficult for this target group are paid much attention.

These courses are not an appropriate fit for participants who are not native German speakers. In our experience, participants who are not native German speakers but who do speak German are also not able to obtain optimal learning outcomes in this course. This group would be better suited to signing up for a general group course in Dutch or a Dutch course for UG students, PhD students and postdocs.

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The University of Groningen Language Centre Dutch courses for non-native speakers are described in terms of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This is a reference framework developed by the Council of Europe that provides a basis for comparing language proficiency levels and interpreting test scores.

If you want to register for a Dutch course and you have not followed a course with the Language Centre before, you must visit the office hour. You can only register for a course if you have been given the matching advice, with the exception of UG students and staff. They do not have to visit the office hour for the beginners' courses (starting from level 0).

Compensation for UG students and staff

The University of Groningen partly or wholly pays for these courses for international students, PhDs' and postdocs. Read if this applies to you here. Please note that this group needs to follow a different registration procedure.

Cancellation procedure for Dutch courses for native speakers of German, funded by the Board of the University of Groningen

N.B. If you do not cancel in time you will lose part of your credit of 5 vouchers for free courses. You can request a cancellation via your profile after logging in to our online registration system.

  1. If you cancel more than 5 working days before the start of your course, you will not lose any credit.
  2. If you cancel within the final 5 working days before the course starts the number of vouchers for the cancelled course will be deducted from your total (5 vouchers).

Student workload

‘Studyload’, in the course description, indicates the number of hours a student is expected to spend on the course. A studyload of 28 hours equals 1 ECTS credit point.

Attendance certificate

At the end of a course, every participant will receive an attendance certificate on condition that they have attended 75% of the lessons.

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