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Office Hours

As it is important you enroll in the course at the right level, we urge to attend the Language Centre office hours, during which your language levels will be briefly assessed. For some courses, visiting the office hour is obligatory. During a short conversation, you will receive advice about the starting level and (if applicable) the intensity of your course.

Advice about Dutch and some English course levels is binding and advice about course levels of other languages is urgent.

Dutch Office Hours

Dutch Courses - Office Hours

  • Office hours are held online.
  • Book your appointment online.
  • At an office hour, the teacher will give a binding advice about your Dutch level.

Who should go to the office hours?

  • If you want to register for a Dutch course and have not taken a Language Centre Dutch course before.
  • If it has been more than one year since you received an advice from one of our teachers.

Who should not go to the office hours?

  • If you are a student or staff member of the University of Groningen and want to take a Dutch course at CEFR level 1A (0>A1) or CEFR level 1 (0>A2), you can register immediately without having your level tested.
  • If you are a student of the Hanze, Windesheim and PThU and want to take a Dutch course at CEFR level 1A (0>A1) or CEFR level 1 (0>A2), you can register immediately without having your level tested.
  • If you have already taken a Language Centre Dutch course, you can register using the advice card the teacher gave you at the end of the course. Please note: if it has been more than one year since you received an advice from one of our teachers you should visit the office hour!
  • If you have to take the civic integration examination and want to register for your first Language Centre course, you must register for the special civic integration office hour.

Advice about your level

At the end of a course or office hour, the teacher will give a binding advice about continuing your Dutch courses at the Language Centre.

  • You cannot register for a level that is higher than stated on your advice card.
  • If your results are satisfactory, you will usually be given the advice to continue with a course at a higher level (intensity: regular).
  • If your results are good to very good, you will usually be given the advice continue with a course at a higher level, you may also be given advice to follow an intensive summer course.
  • Students, PhDs' and postdocs of the University of Groningen are at all times allowed to follow an intensive summer course.
  • If you did not pass the course, the teacher may recommend you repeat the same level or transfer to a different institution. This may occur if the teacher feels that our methods do not match your way of learning a language.
Civic integration office hour

Civic integration office hour

Do you have to take the civic integration examination and want to register for your first Language Centre course? Then you must take an online intake at the Language Centre first. Read on and find out which intake procedure applies to you.

Intake via the Dutch office hour

You can come to the online Dutch office hour if one of the following applies to you:

  • You are a student or staff member of the University of Groningen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences or another university.
  • You are seeking to follow a course at B2 level or higher.

More information about the online Dutch office hour.

Intake via the civic integration office hour

Does none of the above apply to you? Please register for the online civic integration office hour.

English Office Hours

English office hour

Check your writing level

  • for writing courses
  • mandatory

If you want to register for one of our writing skills courses, we need to establish your current writing level in English. In order to do so, please upload your piece of writing here. You will find more specific instructions in the respective web form.

Pronunciation Office Hours

Every Thursday from 1 - 2 p.m the pronunciation office hour takes place. The office hour is temporarily held online via Google Meet and is by appointment only.

This office hour is meant for students who which to follow any of the following courses:

During the free office hour, we will look together at your wishes and what we can do for you.

Spanish Office Hours

Spanish Courses - Office Hours

You do not need to go to the office hour if you want to take a beginners Spanish course (CEFR level 0>A1 or 0>A2 course).

If you want to register for a higher level and you have not previously taken a Spanish course at the Language Centre, we advise you to visit the office hour to discuss with a teacher which course would suit you best, but this is not mandatory. Please note that you can already register for the course you are interested in.

Office hours only take place in the period before the start of the course. If office hours are scheduled, you can make your appointment here.

German Office Hours

German Courses - Office Hours

If you want to register for German B1>B1/B2 or B1/B2>B2 and you have not previously taken a German course at the Language Centre before, you must visit the office hour.

Office hours only take place in the period before the start of the course. If office hours are scheduled, you can make your appointment here.

Arabic Office Hours

Arabic Courses - Office Hours

If you want to register and you have not previously taken an Arabic course at the Language Centre, we advise you to visit the office hour to discuss with a teacher which course would suit you best, but this is not mandatory. Please note that you can already register for the course you are interested in.

Office hours only take place in the period before the start of the course. If office hours are scheduled, you can make your appointment here.

Chinese Office Hours

Chinese Courses - Office Hours

You do not need to go to the office hour if you want to take a beginners Chinese course (CEFR level 0>pre A1 course).

If you want to register for a higher level and you have not previously taken a Chinese course at the Language Centre, we advise you to visit the online office hour to discuss with a teacher which course would suit you best, but this is not mandatory. Please note that you can already register for the course you are interested in.

Office hours only take place in the period before the start of the course. If office hours are scheduled, you can make your appointment here.

Japanese Office Hours

Japanese Courses - Office Hours

If you want to register for A1 > A2 and you have not previously taken a Japanese course at the Language Centre, we advise you to visit the office hour to discuss with a teacher which course would suit you best, but this is not mandatory. Please note that you can already register for the course you are interested in.

Office hours only take place in the period before the start of the course. If office hours are scheduled, you can make your appointment here.

Russian Office Hours

Russian Courses - Office Hours

If you want to register and you have not previously taken a Russian course at the Language Centre, we advise you to visit the office hour to discuss with a teacher which course would suit you best, but this is not mandatory. Please note that you can already register for the course you are interested in.

Office hours only take place in the period before the start of the course. If office hours are scheduled, you can make your appointment here.

Italian Office Hours

Italian Courses - Office Hours

If you want to register and you have not previously taken a Italian course at the Language Centre, we advise you to visit the office hour to discuss with a teacher which course would suit you best, but this is not mandatory. Please note that you can already register for the course you are interested in.

Office hours only take place in the period before the start of the course. If office hours are scheduled, you can make your appointment here.


Get a global idea of your language level

You can easily assess your language level online by completing the placement test! You can also use the DIALANG test or the ‘Self-evaluate your language skills tool’ to assess your level.

These programmes do not replace the advice card and the office hour, they merely give a very global indication of your level for your own reference.

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